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Shadi Abou-Zahra Activity Lead, WAI International Program Office

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Shadi Abou-Zahra works with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) as Activity Lead of the WAI International Program Office, which includes groups that are responsible for education and outreach, coordination with research, general discussion on web accessibility, coordination with the WAI Technical Activity, and WAI liaisons with other organizations including standards organizations and disability groups. Shadi coordinates WAI outreach in Europe, accessibility evaluation techniques, and international standards promotion and harmonization activities. He chairs the W3C/WAI Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG), is the staff contact of the W3C/WAI Research and Development Working Group (RDWG), and participates in the W3C/WAI Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG).
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Judy Brewer

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Judy Brewer joined W3C in September 1997 as Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) International Program Office. She is Domain Leader for WAI, and coordinates five areas of work with respect to Web accessibility: ensuring that W3C technologies support accessibility; developing guidelines for Web content, browsers, and authoring tools; improving tools for evaluation and repair of Web sites; conducting education and outreach; and coordinating with research and development that can affect future Web accessibility.

Judy is W3C's chief liaison on accessibility policy and standardization 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.

Prior to joining W3C, Judy was Project Director for the Massachusetts Assistive Technology Partnership, a U.S. federally-funded project promoting access to assistive technology for people with disabilities. She worked on several national initiatives to increase access to mainstream technology for people with disabilities and to improve dialog between industry and the disability community. Judy has a background in applied linguistics, education, technical writing, management and disability advocacy.

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Michael Cooper Web Accessibility Specialist

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Michael joined the W3C in June 2006 as a Web Accessibility Specialist with the Web Accessibility Initiative. Michael is the Team Contact for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group, which develops authoring guidelines and techniques to create accessible content; and for the Protocols and Formats Working Group, which supports the W3C to make new Web technologies accessible and develops accessibility practices. He has been involved in W3C standards for many years in the context of his work at Watchfire and CAST developing accessibility evaluation software.
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Eric Eggert Web Accessibility Specialist

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As an Web Accessibility Specialist, Eric Eggert takes part of the WAI-ACT project since December 2013. His main objectives are creating and improving Web Accessibility Tutorials and helping with the visual representation of information. He also takes part in the Education and Outreach Working Group.
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Shawn Henry Web Accessibiliy Initiative (WAI)

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Shawn joined W3C in February 2003 to lead worldwide education and outreach activities promoting web accessibility for people with disabilities through the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). [Shawn Lawton Henry at W3C WAI] Prior to joining W3C, Shawn worked as a consultant with research centers, education providers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and international standards organizations to develop and implement strategies to optimize design for usability and accessibility. She holds a BSc in English with focus on computer science and technical writing, and an MSc in Digital Inclusion. [About Shawn]

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Jeanne F Spellman

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Jeanne Spellman joined the W3C in 2008 as Web Accessibility Engineer. She is the team contact for the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group. Jeanne also contributes to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group.

Prior to joining W3C, Jeanne has worked as an independent web developer and accessibility consultant. Jeanne has developed accessible web sites and has evaluated web pages for accessibility in a variety of technologies including HTML, CSS, Flash, Flex, PDF and AJAX. Jeanne has worked with major corporations to develop and train designers, developers, quality assurance engineers and project managers in accessibility techniques.

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Kevin White Web Accessibility Specialist


Kevin joined W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) principally as part of the Education and Outreach Working Group in June 2014. He is involved in the development of resources and practical guides to help organizations implement more accessible sites and services. This is a small part of the WAI-ACT project.

Prior to joining W3C, Kevin worked for eight years as a user experience designer and researcher for small Edinburgh agency. This work ran the gamut from simple audits to long term engagements where clients were keen to improve both organisational understanding or accessibility and site implementation. Previously, Kevin worked for a variety of organisations as an internet software developer.

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Kenny Zhang Web Accessibility Engineer


Kenny (Kun) Zhang Joined W3C in September 2013, he works with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) as Web accessibility engineer. Prior to joining W3C, Kenny worked in IBM focused on accessibility technology.