Upcoming Webinar: How Persons with Disabilities Use the Web

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Join us and a virtual panel who will guide you through what it is like to use the web as a person with a disability.

Thursday, November 30th, 11:00AM-12:00PM EST


This webinar is intended to create awareness around web accessibility, or how persons with disabilities use the web. This panel is a great introduction for people who are new to accessibility but want to learn more. Our panelists will go over the various scenarios they encounter while using the internet. Millions of people have disabilities that affect their use of the web. Currently, most websites and software have accessibility barriers that make it difficult or impossible for many people with disabilities to use the web.

The theme for this year’s International Persons With Disabilities Day (IDPD) is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all.” In the era of digitalization, technology provides a means to such innovation. It is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with disabilities. Too often, adaptation and dissemination to technological innovations widen the gap towards equal access for persons with disabilities.


About the Panelists

Headshot of Anne ForrestAnne Forrest, Ph.D and Advocate

Anne has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading patient advocates for people with traumatic brain injury. She lives with persistent symptoms from a mild TBI that she received during a June 1997 car accident and continues to recover.

She has recently relocated to Austin, Texas with her family after living in Arlington, Virginia for 10 years.   In the Washington D.C. area, she volunteered at the Brain Injury Association of America and gave speeches through them and through the Speakers Bureau at Brain Injury Services of Northern Virginia.

Headshot of David FazioDavid Fazio, President, and Founder of Helix Opportunity

David is the founder and president of Helix Opportunity, a business and organizational development consulting firm that facilitates inclusion the $8 trillion consumers with disabilities demographic in commerce, as well as creating cooperative work environments with employees of all different abilities.

He also has firsthand knowledge of the needs and wants concerning the disability community. David survived a softball sized hemorrhagic stroke, from a brain aneurysm on August 2, 1996. He has been active in many disability organizations and initiatives ever since.

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Jeanine Lineback, Senior Accessibility Consultant at Deque

Jeanine is passionate about empowering others through the use of assistive technology and a positive philosophy on blindness. Jeanine is also a board member of the National Federation of the Blind and has been a longtime advocate for equal access to technology.

Jeanine lives in Austin, Texas and one of her greatest joys today is participating in the Texas affiliate’s Youth Mentoring Program. Through the mentoring program, Jeanine teaches blind youth technology, employment strategies and a positive philosophy about blindness. She loves music, enjoys outdoor activities, is fascinated with geeky gadgets and reads science fiction.

Headshot of Sandeep TirumangalamSandeep  Tirumangalam, Accessibility Consultant at Deque

Sandeep lives in Hyderabad, India and has been involved in the accessibility community since 2013. He studied at Bangalore University and is a person with low vision.

Sandeep became passionate about accessibility once he learned more about web design and usability testing. Now, he enjoys learning about WCAG guidelines how that pertains to the user experience.


Head shot of Tim HarshbargerTim Harshbarger, Accessibility Consultant at State Farm Insurance Companies

Tim attended Illinois State University and currently lives in Bloomington, Illinois.

Tim has been visually impaired since a young age and is very passionate about accessibility and believes it should be a part of the web development process. In fact, he is so passionate about accessibility that he has been a part of State Farm’s Accessibility team for 23 years.


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Jamie Knight, Senior Accessibility Specialist at BBC

Jamie is a developer, writer, public speaker and mountain biker who lives in London. By day he works for the BBC where he is a senior accessibility specialist and spends his time working to make the BBC products usable by the whole audience.

Jamie also does lots of public speaking, about the web and about autism. He has spoken at the Good Autism Practice conference as well as being a guest lecturer at BirminghUniversity and city university London. In total, he has done over 50 public speaking talks. Jamie has written for magazines and other publications.

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Birkir Gunnarsson, Senior UX and Digital Accessibility Expert at BB&T

Birkir was born and raised in Iceland, graduated from Yale University with two B.S. degrees, and has been blind since the age of 5. In 2009, Birkir started working in assistive technology and accessibility.

He has dabbled in all things accessibility, from creating braille standards to conducting website, PDF and mobile application assessments, delivering user and developer training, and campaigning for Icelandic and European accessibility policies and regulations. Birkir is a member of W3C ARIA/ARIA Authoring Practices working groups since 2014. He is also married, has 3 kids, loves listening to good music and making questionable music in his spare time.

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