Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
email: jbrewer AT w3.org
Judy Brewer directs the Web Accessibility Initiative
(WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). W3C's work
accessibility includes ensuring that W3C technologies support
accessibility; developing accessibility guidelines
for Web content, browsers,
players and mobile devices, and authoring
tools; developing resources to improve Web
evaluation tools; providing education and
Web accessibility; coordinating with research
development which may impact future accessibility of the Web; and
implementation of Web accessibility standards. WAI guidelines include the
Web Content Accessibility
2.0, which has been adopted by many governments around the world;
the Authoring Tool
Guidelines and User
Accessibility Guidelines; and Accessible
Judy coordinates accessibility policy and standardization issues for W3C internationally, promoting awareness and implementation of Web accessibility, and ensuring effective dialog among industry, the disability community, accessibility researchers, and government on the development of consensus-based accessibility solutions. She is a Principle Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
Judy is the recipient of a RESNA Certificate of Appreciation for efforts related to assistive technology policy development during national health care reform; an Equality of Access and Opportunity Award from the American Foundation for the Blind for advocacy to increase the accessibility of the Windows 95 operating system; and an Access Advancement Award from the Association of Access Engineering Specialists for efforts related to Web accessibility. She was named in the August, 2000 issue of Internet World as one of the "Net's Rising Stars." She was awarded the Harry J. Murphy Catalyst Award at the CSUN 2002 Conference; the Roland Wagner European Award for Computers Assisting People with Special Needs in 2002; the Susan G. Hadden Pioneer Award from the Alliance for Public Technology in 2003; and SXSW's Dewey Winburne Community Service Award in 2012. In 2014 she received the Newell Perry Award from the US National Federation of the Blind.
Prior to joining W3C, Judy worked on several US-based initiatives to
increase access to mainstream technology for people with disabilities, and
improve dialog between industry and the disability community. These
included work on Section 508 of the Workforce Investment Act, Section 255
the Telecommunications Act, accessibility of the Windows 95 Operating
and access to durable medical equipment for people with disabilities. Judy
a background in management, technical writing, education, applied
and disability advocacy.
Last updated 7 December 2014 by Judy Brewer <jbrewer AT w3.org>
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