Today we are kicking off our Employee Profile feature on the blog. Our lucky first contestant is Wes Dillon!
What do you do at Deque and how long have you been here?
I handle corporate sales into several verticals such as Healthcare, Banking, e-retail, and some education technology. I've been with Deque for over four years, and I work remotely from my home office in Durham, New Hampshire.
How did you find Deque (or how did Deque find you)?
I was introduced to the Deque team by a recruiter, Kevin Kermes, who is based in the Baltimore area. However, a few months before Kevin contacted me, I was introduced to accessibility by one of my coworkers, Karl - a software developer who is blind. Karl introduced me to the world of screen-readers, JAWS, and the other assistive technologies he used in his everyday life.
What is your favorite thing about working at Deque?
The quality of people at Deque, plus the interesting projects and clients we get to work with. Our team is the best in the industry, and it is satisfying to put the best people on our clients' projects. And many of our clients are so committed to accessibility - I enjoy working with these people.
What interests you about accessibility?
I believe technology can open opportunities for anyone with a disability. I love to see how technology is used to provide opportunities for education, travel, careers, and so many other areas.
What current topic/debate in accessibility has caught your eye?
The Department of Justice's intent to apply the Americans with Disabilities Act to commercial websites. Since most essential services are now supplied primarily through commercial websites, it is critical that the DOJ provide a legal mandate and an enforcement mechanism to see real and lasting change take place.
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 - Jackson Browne, "The Very Best of Jackson Browne"
Movie - Good Will Hunting
Book - The Bible
Luxury Item - My rock-climbing shoes
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