Aaron Bramwell is the Founder/CEO of Monkee-Boy, an award-winning digital agency known for changing the way people think about digital agencies and being the “missing link” in high-quality digital services.
For 20+ years, Monkee-Boy has helped leading organizations navigate the digital jungle to evolve online. Being on the front lines of selling, planning, designing and developing new digital experiences, the team at Monkee-Boy is on a mission to educate, champion, and create a more inclusive web, one experience at a time.
Alicia Evans spent half a decade supporting people with developmental disabilities through several non-profits before moving into web development. There she saw very clearly the impact that digital inclusion and exclusion could have on a person’s life. When she moved into web development, she focused on how to make accessible and clean code that could be used and experienced by everyone.
Before Knowbility, Alicia worked as an Accessibility Engineer, remediating websites, building testing software, and providing trainings and documentation for development and design teams.
Alicia earned her master’s degree in Creative Writing at California State University: Long Beach. She is based in Southern California.
Caleb Watson is Sr. Director, Design Engineering at Visa, Inc. where he leads Visa’s Design System, Prototyping, and Program Engineering teams as part of Visa’s Global Design organization.
He is an advocate and evangelist for design, accessibility, usability, and UI technologies with a laser focus of making digital products that solve problems for real people and also enjoyable to use. Caleb has over 18 years of design and technology experience in payments, defense, education, and oil & gas industries.
Born and raised in Montreal, Jennison has been living in the Silicon Valley since 2013, where he is currently Head of Accessibility Engineering Evangelism at LinkedIn. Previously, he spent almost seven years as a member of RBC’s IT Accessibility Team in Toronto. Outside of his professional pursuits, in 2012, Jennison co-founded the annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD is an annual, grassroots effort inviting the broader, high-tech community around the world to participate in in-person and virtual activities intended to raise awareness of digital accessibility issues that people with different disabilities encounter.
Jennison founded Accessibility Camp Toronto in 2011, Accessibility Camp Bay Area in 2014, and helped found the Boston Accessibility Conference and Accessibility Camp L.A. in 2010 and 2012 respectively. These free, day-long events provide a less formal atmosphere for designers, developers, other tech pros, and people with disabilities to come together and discuss digital accessibility issues. He also founded the Bay Area Accessibility and Inclusive Design (A11yBay) Meetup Group.
In addition to being a member of Knowbility’s Board of Directors, Jennison currently serves on the Boards of the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired San Francisco as well as AMI (Accessible Media Inc.). Jennison is particularly thrilled to join Knowbility’s Board as he has ties to the organization: having been a repeat instructor at AccessU, fielded a team for OpenAIR, and served as an OpenAIR Judge.
For the last ten years, Jillian Fortin has specialized in working with small to medium sized businesses as well as non-profit organizations by helping them increase awareness of their brands online via search engines and social networks. She has traveled all over the country as a speaker on topics such as marketing through social networks, online brand management, universal design and accessibility. Previously, Jillian Fortin has managed web departments of up to 20 team members for online interactive marketing agencies and has held board positions for non-profit organizations in the Houston area.
Jillian’s colorful background includes experience in a number of industries: she has worked in upper management as well as the arts, non-profits as well as youth leadership councils. Her clients have ranged from the ages of four years old to eighty-four years old. She firmly believes in self-education and as a student of life, she plans on educating herself for as long as she can.
Joe Devon wishes he could say he’s an accomplished “Hockey Player” or “Tango Dancer”, but both require talent. He only speaks 4 languages, which sounds good if you don’t know his Father spoke 10 languages and his Mom, with Alzheimer’s, still speaks 7.
His parents are both Holocaust survivors, which created in Joe a curiosity about what brings Mass Darkness to the world. And a desire to counter it. He is a serial Co-Founder, Advisor and Creator of Community. From running a Digital Agency (http://diamond.la), to creating #GAAD, to being Founding Partner in TV4 (https://www.tv4ent.com/), a Broadband Production Company backed by Warner, Joe is an Accessibility, Community and Technology advocate.
Accessibility consultant for a wide range of enterprise-level, large organizations in a variety of industries including: State/Federal Gov, Higher Ed, Banking/Financial, Insurance, Telecom, Airline, Healthcare, Retail/E-commerce, and Hospitality.
Previously worked for Deque Systems as an Accessibility Evangelist / Sr. Accessibility Consultant / Developer.
Co-organizer of the Austin Accessibility and Inclusive Design Meetup, http://www.meetup.com/a11yatx/.
I have a passion for how technology can empower persons with disabilities, and I have turned that passion into an accelerated career during which I progressed from a Tester to an Evangelist.
I am a pragmatic Digital Accessibility Evangelist with over 16 years of global industry experience. A proven track record of assisting customers in achieving Accessibility compliance across platforms & domains.
I have led Accessibility teams since 2004 and am adept in Digital Accessible Experience at both strategic and tactical levels. I did my first accessibility project in 2003, and still learn something new every day.
Strength lies in the ability to represent the complexities of accessibility to technical and non-technical audiences including executives, individual contributors, and group audiences with varying skills and experiences.
Rob Carr is the Accessibility Coordinator for Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Oklahoma’s Assistive Technology Act Program, housed at Oklahoma State University. Rob helps organizations to embrace inclusion through technology. He trains and guides state agencies, higher education institutions and the occasional private sector partner to make accessibility efforts into sustainable programs. From high-level topics like accessibility in procurement and building accessibility initiatives to the nuts and bolts of PDF and web accessibility, Rob makes accessibility something that organizations can fit into their existing operations. Rob works closely with peer Assistive Technology Act Programs around the country to provide training and technical assistance around technology accessibility. Rob also speaks at local and national conferences on various accessibility-related topics.
Sarah Horton focuses on ways to improve quality of life through good design.
Sarah is an independent consultant, helping organizations create “born accessible” technology. She is also an author of books, articles, and papers on designing technology to improve quality of life.
Sarah spent 20 years working in technology and higher education. She started at the Yale Center for Advanced Instructional Media, creating award-winning interactive instructional software. She was an instructional technologist at Dartmouth College for 11 years before becoming Director of Web Strategy and Design, responsible for planning and developing Dartmouth’s digital environment and leading the web team. She then joined Harvard University as Web Strategy Project Lead, responsible for strategy and user experience design for the Harvard Web Publishing Initiative.
In 2013, Sarah left higher education to focus on digital accessibility. She joined The Paciello Group as Director of User Experience and Design, leading efforts to build the consultancy’s user research and user experience design services. She transitioned to the role of Strategy Lead, guiding organizations on their digital accessibility journey. During her seven years with TPG, she performed design reviews and audits of websites, applications, apps, and devices, conducted user research and usability studies, and represented the company in improvement initiatives such as Teach Access and the Silver Taskforce.
Sarah is co-author with Patrick Lynch of Web Style Guide, now in its fourth edition and translated into eight languages. Her second book, Web Teaching Guide, won the American Association of Publishers award for the Best Book in Computer Science in 2000. Her third book, Access by Design, combines the disciplines of universal design, accessibility, and usability into guidelines for designing websites that are universally usable. Her fourth book, A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences with Whitney Quesenbery, was published in 2014 by Rosenfeld Media. She has published articles, papers, and book chapters, including chapters in two editions of Web Accessibility: A Foundation for Research and articles in ACM Interactions and the New York Times.
Sarah oversees user experience for WDL and is a certified Web Accessibility Specialist. She has a background working with Fortune 100 companies in the design, research, and usability testing of enterprise software. Sarah understands the importance of coordinating with software developers to implement the client’s approved design. And she particularly enjoys forging the disparate perspectives of stakeholders into a unified, optimal design. Previously employed by Siemens PLM Software and Real Time Cases, Sarah graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Anthropology. In her spare time, she likes traveling, interior design, and live music.
Sean McMains loves to make awesome stuff:
cannons, software, trebuchets, games, music, rockets, pranks, hovercraft, and four kids.
He wrote his first software for pay at age 12, and has been programming ever since.
He’s been fortunate to be a part of the rise of the web, mobile, and now Extended Reality.
A serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology and disability. Looking for ways to make digital accessibility a priority! With 20+ years of experience, focusing on implementing accessibility at scale for our customers. As much as I wear the hat of the founder of BarrierBreak, 247 Accessible Documents & Newz Hook, I am on the Board of Directors of a G3ICT, a non-profit advocating & promoting digital accessibility globally as per the UNCRPD. I am also the Chair of India Chapter of International Association of Accessibility Professional (IAAP). Proud be have received the NCPEDP Shell Hellen Keller Award, Top 15 Women Transforming India 2019 by Niti Aayog, Government of India and Top 20 most powerful women in 2017 by Business Today magazine!