What do you do at Deque and how long have you been here?
I started working at Deque in February 2012 as a Senior Software Engineer. As an engineer I worked on Android applications and accessibility assessments. I was part of the Amaze development team. Since November, I have transitioned into the Director of Customer Experience. In this role I am tasked with providing customers with a delightful user experience all the way from purchase (install) to maintenance (support).
How did you find Deque (or how did Deque find you)?
Anik and Dylan took interest in a business venture of mine and Chris McMeeking’s. We had created a small start-up developing an accessibility interface on the Android platform for users with fine motor control disabilities (e.g., Cerebral Palsy).
What is your favorite thing about working at Deque?
My favorite thing about working at Deque is being able to apply myself towards a good cause. It is a great feeling being able to put your skills towards a goal that improves the quality of life for other people.
What interests you about accessibility?
I have always been an advocate of good design promoting usability. I feel accessibility is a complementary role necessary to providing a quality user experience.
What current topic/debate in accessibility that has caught your eye?
Accessibility of mobile devices had definitely caught my eye. Mobile devices are becoming increasingly powerful and a necessary part of life.
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. )
Album: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits
Film: Happy Gilmore
Book: Lord of the Rings