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Andrew Arch

Web Accessibility and Ageing Specialist

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  Andrew left the W3C in September 2010
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Andrew joined W3C at the end of 2007 as a Web Accessibility and Ageing Specialist on WAI-AGE, a European project to increase the accessibility of the Web for people with age-related accessibility needs as well as for people with disabilities. The Web Accessibility Initiative: Ageing Education and Harmonisation (WAI-AGE) project is a European Commission-funded project of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Andrew left W3C towards the end of 2010 at the conclusion of the WAI-AGE project.

Prior to joining W3C, Andrew worked at Vision Australia for seven years, leading a team that provided consulting, reviewing and training services around Web accessibility. With Vision Australia's Web accessibility team Andrew delivered workshops nationally introducing developers and wesite owners to the benefits of providing accessible websites, the implications of not doing so, and how to assess and improve them. Vision Australia's Web accessibility consultancies included many major corporations, universities, banks, and community organisations, as well a large number of Commonwealth and State Government departments. Andrew was an active participant in the W3C WAI Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) during this time.

Before joining Vision Australia in 2001, Andrew worked in state government in Australia developing some of the earliest intranet and internet sites in Victoria in the mid 1990's and setting a government direction with customer oriented information architecture. Before the Web he was a natural resouce economist, his Ph.D. field, with the Department of Agriculture.