Dr Gregg Vanderheiden

Gregg Vanderheiden


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Dr. Vanderheiden has been active in the area of Technology and Disability for over 45 years.  His early work was in Augmentative Communication, a term taken from his writings in the late 70’s.  Starting in 1979, his focus shifted to personal computers and he worked inside Apple, Microsoft and IBM on increasing the accessibility and usability of their products. Apple included features in Apple IIe, gs, and MacOS and iOS.  IBM and Microsoft licensed 9 features from Dr. Vanderheiden’s group for inclusion in DOS, OS/2, and Windows.  Dr. Vanderheiden co-chaired and co-authored the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 1.0 and 2.0), worked with the Access Board on 255 and 508,  and lead the effort to develop the EZ-Access package of cross-disability access features that are now built into Amtrak ticket machines, Automated Postal Stations, Homeland Security Passport Kiosks, and many other ITMs across the country.

Dr Vanderheiden, leads the GPII initiative (the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure) and on September 13 (AAATE COnference) launched the DeveloperSPace (an online site where developers can find all resources in one place). It already has real uses and DeveloperSpace implementations that can be inspiring (first accessible business intelligence suite, alternative input modalities into educational games, printing services for blind in universities etc.).

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Caroline Casey

Caroline Casey
Caroline Casey
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Caroline Casey is an award-winning social entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She was diagnosed with ocular albinism as a child, which makes her registered blind.

Caroline was not aware of the severity of her condition until her 17th birthday and she hid her disability from the world until 2001. At that point she quit her job at Accenture and trekked across India on elephant back for 1,000km, raising money for The National Council for the Blind of Ireland and Sightsavers.

Since taking this life-changing decision at 28 to leave her career in management consulting, Caroline has worked relentlessly to bring out a global shift in business inclusion, and ensure that everyone can live their life without limit or labels.

In 2001, as founding CEO of Kanchi, in Dublin, Caroline developed a set of best practices for businesses, to help them see people with disabilities – workers, customers, suppliers and members of the community – as a corporate asset, not a liability. Hundreds of companies have adopted these standards, changing their policies and attitudes. In 2004, Caroline established the Ability Awards, sponsored by 02, to recognize Irish businesses for their inclusion of people with disabilities. The initiative received great international praise and, in 2010, a parallel program was launched in Spain, backed by Telefónica.

In 2015 Casey founded business inclusion company Binc which, in August 2017, launched #valuable – a worldwide ‘call to action’ for business to recognise the value and potential of the 1 billion people living with a disability and position disability equally on the global business agenda. To start the conversation and build momentum, Casey, who is registered blind, embarked on a 1,000km horse adventure through Colombia, ending with a keynote address at ‘One Young World Summit 2017’ in Bogota, Colombia.

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Caroline is an activist, campaigning for inclusivity across the globe.

You can watch Caroline’s TED Talk – Looking Past Limits.

Steve Anderson

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Steve Anderson

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Prime Candidate was founded by Steve Anderson. Frustrated with the inequity of employment opportunities for the more mature worker, Steve brought together a senior team to formulate an approach that would create a more level playing field for mature job seekers – the result is a Social Enterprise using the name, Prime Candidate.

Steve is the designer of the Champion Age Diversity philosophy, providing practical applications and pathways for employers to access the skills and experience they need, and Prime Candidate is the custodian of the Champions Charter.

Drawing on a deep and diverse organisation and resource experience, Steve’s ethos is to deliver the quality service all hirers expect to receive and the hope and aspiration that every candidate deserves. Prime Candidate utilises Steve’s unrivalled matching techniques, derived from many years of successfully positioning of individuals and teams.

Steve lobbies for equal employment opportunities for an age-diverse workforce.  Steve also sits on the Executive Board of the Chamber of Commerce where he champions regional and international business for development, sustainability and growth. Steve also sits on the DWP’s Age Action Alliance steering committee. Steve is also a regular fundraiser for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity.

Léonie Watson & Patrick Lauke

Léonie Watson, Communications Director and Principal Engineer at The Paciello Group and Patrick Lauke, Accessibility Consultant at The Paciello Group.


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Léonie Watson

Léonie (AKA Tink) began using the internet in 1993, turned it into a web design career in 1997, and (despite losing her eyesight along the way) has been enjoying herself thoroughly ever since.

Léonie Watson
Léonie Watson

Léonie is Communications director and Principal Engineer at The Paciello Group (TPG), and also works with Government Digital Service (GDS) on the GOV.UK platform.

As a member of the W3C Advisory Board, and co-chair of the W3C Web Platform WG(working on specs like HTML5), Léonie is closely involved with the web standards community. She is frequently asked to talk about web standards and/or accessibility at conferences.

In her spare time Léonie blogs on tink.uk, writes for tech journals like Smashing magazine, SitePoint.com and Net magazine. She also loves cooking, dancing and drinking tequila (although not necessarily in that order).

Patrick Lauke

Patrick Lauke
Patrick Lauke

Patrick has been engaged in the discourse on web standards and accessibility since early 2001.

An outspoken accessibility and standards advocate Patrick favours a pragmatic hands-on approach to web accessibility over purely theoretical, high-level discussions.

“I’m an idealist by nature, but a pragmatist by trade. I’d never class myself as an expert and I certainly don’t have all the answers…I’m just an opinionated guy eager to find real-world solutions ‘where the rubber meets the road’.”

Specialties: web standards, HTML5, CSS, accessibility, DOM scripting, PHP, XML/XSLT, web standards evangelism

Stephen J Wampler

Stephen J. Wampler


Steve was born on August 22nd 1968 in Evanston, Illinois. Steve has cerebral palsy resulting from an accident during birth and today uses an electric wheelchair for mobility. The oldest of five children, Steve was mainstreamed into public schools at Spring Hill Elementary in Lafayette, California at the age of five and graduated from Acalanes High School. He then went on to graduate from University California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering in 1992.

Starting at age of 9, he attended the program operated by the Easter Seals organization out of Walnut Creek. At that time, Hawley Lake was owned by California State Senator, John Nejedly, and in 1992 he gave it to the Boy Scouts of Contra Costa County. Steve moved to Coronado after graduating and took a job with Raychem Corporation for 3 years as the Health and Safety Engineer for the San Diego Location. On July 3rd of 1995 Steve married Elizabeth L. Daniel. Steve and Elizabeth founded The Convention Company Inc. soon after they were married and continued to operate the company until September 11th 2001.

Camp Wamp

The Hawley Lake property was later returned in 2002 to the Nejedly family at which point, Steve, pursuing a life-long dream, approached the Senator's son Jim Nejedly to start programs again for physically challenged kids. WAMP (Wheelchair Adventure Mountain Programs Inc.) began operating programs in August 2004 after two years pf raising funds. The property is now owned and operated by the Contra Costa Youth Council under the direction of Jim Nejedly. Hawley Lake is now the operating model for the other programs. WAMP now funds programs in collaboration with the Yosemite National Institute and Environmental Travel Companions. All programs and activities are focused on learning the keys to successful interaction, responsibility and personal growth through leadership and initiative activities in the outdoors through field study activities, challenges, group building, environmental studies, living and learning together in a community.

Steve is now 39 and currently living with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Charlotte (8) and Joseph (7) in Coronado, California.

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Rebecca Palpant Shimkets – Associate Director, The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism


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Rebecca Palpant Shimkets is associate director for the Carter Center’s Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Palpant develops and oversees a journalism fellowship program that each year awards stipends to 10 professional journalists in the United States and other countries to produce a significant work on mental health or mental illnesses. Palpant is an active participant on advisory boards and within national work groups related to stigma and accurate portrayals of mental illnesses in the media. She received a master’s degree in community counseling form Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Asbury College

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Kevyn Eva Norton – Digital Transformation Consultant & Contributor to Shadows Edge

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Kevyn Eva smiling

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Kevyn Eva Norton is a “portfolio worker” – employed as digital transformation consultant at Atos Consulting and member of the Atos Scientific Community – and working as independent in the “Shadow’s Edge” team that is launching the mobile game  www.shadowsedge.com  for teenagers facing serious health issues on 21 October 2017.

Her focus is on understanding the usability of the game and on measuring the impact of the game on building emotional resilience. She is working to build partnerships in academia and in the technology sector to develop the game further in 2018. Kevyn Eva has a background in languages and literature and has been working in technology for the past 20 years, of which seven years at Microsoft. Her passion is bringing together a humanistic point of view with a search to make best use of technology to support humans to live their fullest potential.

She supports two students in Peru with skype coaching sessions and student loans and is part of a red cross mentoring program supporting refugees in gaining access to the Swiss job market. Kevyn Eva enjoys friendships, music, sports, yoga and meditation and hopes herself and our society will create more room for relaxation and appreciation of beauty and sensuality.

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Elaine E. Katz – Senior Vice President for Grants and Communications at Kessler Foundation

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Elaine E. Katz, MS, CCC-SP, is Senior Vice President for Grants and Communications at Kessler Foundation. She is responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring a comprehensive grantmaking program for the Foundation. In addition, she oversees the Foundation’s communication department.

Elaine has over 25 years of consulting and experience working with non-profit organizations in areas of board development, fundraising, marketing, and business development. Elaine has authored articles on social enterprise and presented extensively on innovative practices for employment people with disabilities. She currently serves on the board of directors of JESPY House, South Orange, NJ, New Jersey Association of People Supporting Employment First (NJAPSE), Essex/Newark Disabilities Issues Committee, and on the program committee of the Council of NJ Grantmakers. Elaine is also an appointed member of the NJ Veterans and Community Collaborative Network (VCCN). She is the 2016 recipient of the first Jackson Drysdale Civilian of the Year Award from the GI Go Fund and the 2015 Betty Pendler Award for improving the lives of persons with disabilities from Community Options, Inc.

Elaine holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology from the American-Speech-Hearing Association. She received her master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Adelphi University and bachelor’s degree from Boston University in Speech Pathology and Audiology.

 

 

AXSChat on Learning Styles With Neil Debra & Antonio

This week’s video was due to feature BBC Project CAPE’s dynamic duo of Leena Haque & Sean Gilroy but Sean had a cycling accident and was unable to record. Neil has been collaborating with them on several projects including the latest one focusing on how Neurodiverse people acquire knowledge so Debra & Antonio turned the mic on him to set the scene for the twitter chat.


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Mark Bullock – Sports Development on Inclusion, Sports Advisor, Public Speaker, Parallel London Ambassador

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Mark Bullock

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Delivering workshops, seminars and guidance to wide range of stakeholders in inclusive sport & physical activity utilising more than 25 years of experience in Paralympic/disability sport, sports development & the broader social impact of sport. Passionate about inclusion, wellbeing, healthy lifestyles & nutrition. Travelled to more than 80 countries developing wheelchair tennis. Attended four Paralympic Games & two Olympic Games. Extensive experience of delivering sports programmes in developing countries. Experienced public speaker. Advisor to Choice International. Member of IPC Paralympic Games Committee. Ambassador for Parallel London, the world’s first fully inclusive mass participation event. Event Manager for Raw Fest 2017.