For our next employee profile, we have the lovely Glenda Sims.
What do you do at Deque and how long have you been here?
I'm a Senior Accessibility Consultant at Deque where I get to share my expertise and passion for the open web with government, education, and companies that range from small business to Fortune 500. I do hands on web accessibility assessments, develop accessibility roadmaps and strategies, and consult with developers and designers during sprints.
How did you find Deque (or how did Deque find you)?
I first heard of Deque from Jim Thatcher, and as soon as I met the team I was blown away by their drive, focus, and enthusiasm for creating truly revolutionary accessibility testing tools.
What is your favorite thing about working at Deque?
My work at Deque is so deeply meaningful. I'm working with organizations who are ready to tackle accessibility. It is truly refreshing and energizing to work with developers, designers, quality assurance testers, project managers, and leaders who are committed to designing, building, refining, and maintaining an accessible web presence. And I'd be remiss if I didn't say that I work with some of the smartest, most intellectually stimulating, creative, and caring people on the planet.
What interests you about accessibility?
My personal mantra is based on the spirit of the W3C Mission statement, "Web for everyone. Web on everything." When I first got into accessibility, in the late 90's, I originally did it because it was the right thing to do for people with disabilities. About a decade into the field, I realized....Oh! Accessibility is the right thing to do for humanity. I believe, with all my heart, that accessibility takes us to the next level of universal design. Design so thoughtful it works for everyone. Accessibility is a design challenge...and I'm always looking for that sweet spot....where the creative solution for the accessibility challenge is truly a better design for all people.
What current topic/debate in accessibility that has caught your eye?
I'm very interested in seeing an international society for web accessibility professionals. I think the world and the web can benefit from a strong network of experts and a globally endorsed set of educational resources. Read what colleagues of mine are saying at: Friends of the ATIA Newsletter - The Need for an Accessibility Profession
Desert Island picks: one album (music), one movie, one book, and one luxury item (assume you have food, water, shelter, and a radio - no boats/planes/etc. allowed).
- Album - soundtrack from Wicked (the musical)
- Movie - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
- Book - The Alchemist
- Luxury - a towel
You can learn more about Glenda on her blog - GlendaTheGood.com or her Twitter account - @goodwitch.
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