W3C WAI Updates, October 2022

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Several changes are in progress at the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), each exciting in different ways. W3C and WAI staff are supporting our accessibility work on the current path during this transition.

WAI Staff and Roles

Judy Brewer will be leaving WAI for a new opportunity. She shared more in a WAI Transitions message. From 24 October 2022 to 13 January 2023, Judy will be available part-time to help the transition for stability and continuity of WAI at W3C.

Kevin White rejoined the WAI Team in October as Accessibility Development and Operations Lead. Kevin will contribute his accessibility, technical, and program management experience to WAI's work in Europe and internationally.

Michael Cooper has taken up some interim leadership responsibilities to ensure smooth transition of the WAI program. He will also remain the primary team contact for the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group, to help guide that challenging work. Michael shared more in Stepping Forward on WAI Management.

Shawn Lawton Henry, Roy Ran, and Daniel Montalvo are also taking up additional responsibilities in the interim.

Over the next few months, WAI will refine roles and responsibilities for W3C accessibility work, and explore coverage by current and future staff.

W3C Supports WAI Going Forward

"W3C is proud of WAI's successes under Judy's leadership," said Ralph Swick, W3C COO. "W3C is committed to continuing the important accessibility work of WAI to advance the Web for All."

WAI staff will work on WAI vision and strategic plan in early 2023, with input from the WAI community and the broader W3C community. Core accessibility work will continue, and we look forward to defining the focus and priorities for 2023 and beyond.

Current WAI Work and Updates

To get up-to-date information on active projects, upcoming publications, and more, see:
What We’re Working On – Accessibility Activities and Publications

To get future updates, see: Get WAI News
To learn about existing accessibility standards and supporting material, see: WAI Resources

Please feel free to reach out to any of us directly with questions and suggestions. (and please be patient if we are slow to respond:) To send e-mail to all W3C WAI Team, you can use: wai@w3.org

We look forward to working together with the community to advance digital accessibility through WAI at W3C.

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