Speakers

Sarah Higley

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Sarah Higley is a web developer who works on accessibility at Microsoft. She has been convincing people to give her money in exchange for code since 2011 and is happiest when working on weird web components. She is always up for listening to or participating in rants about accessibility, the importance of front-end skills, and diversity in tech.

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Manuel Matuzović

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Manuel is a front-end developer from Vienna, specialized in HTML, CSS, accessibility, and performance. He likes to write about these topics and talk at meetups and conferences. He’s organizer of the webclerks conference in Vienna, and he maintains htmhell.dev and frontendbookmarks.com.

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Tolu Adegbite

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Tolu is a product designer, developer and accessibility specialist based in Toronto. She’s passionate about social justice and creating inclusive spaces on- and offline. In her free time, she runs an accessibility blog, and offers mentorship to tech professionals from underrepresented groups, especially Black women. She also loves plants 🌿 and the occasional emoji 🙂.

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Juan Olarte

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Juan Olarte is an IT and Accessibility Specialist with over 18 years of working experience. Juan has worked withthe government of Ontario, Scotiabank, BMO, CIBC, NTT DATA, George Brown College, Ryerson University, Deloitte and Allianz Global Assistance. Juan has taught the Inclusive Design Certificate at Humber College, and the "Creating Accessible Websites" class at Sheridan College. Juan is also the founder of Digita11y Accessible, where he helps organizations meet their accessibility needs. Being visually impaired himself, Juan has first-hand experience facing challenges for people with disabilities on the web.

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Donna Vitan

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Donna is a user experience, interaction, and visual designer committed to inclusive design. Donna supports products, projects, and cross-functional teams as a champion for best practices and accessibility. And most of all, she’s passionate about design systems, design tools and processes as the means to express inclusive design at scale. Donna helps to build accessible products at TELUS Digital, by improving tools and processes through collaboration and communication. Donna is also the Content and Social Media Manager for the Design Systems Community.

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Jules Kuehn

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Jules Kuehn is an accessibility specialist at Accommodation and Adaptive Computer Technology (AAACT) and is part of the Shared Services Canada (SSC) interdisciplinary Accessibility Triage Team, which integrates accessibility into enterprise procurements.

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Alex Tait

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Alex Tait is a developer, consultant and educator whose passion lies in the intersection of accessibility and modern JavaScript within interface architecture and design systems. As a developer, she believes that inclusion driven development practices with accessibility at the forefront lead to better products for everyone. As a consultant and strategist, she believes that less is more and that new feature scope creep cannot be prioritized over core feature parity for disabled users. As an educator, she believes in removing barriers to information so that tech can become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive industry.

Daniel Devesa

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Daniel is a passionate developer with a wide variety of experiences developing iOS apps. While at uni, Daniel cofounded Desfici, a mobile development company, and hasn't stopped developing iOS apps since. Daniel worked in start-ups and largerorganizations like the BBC, Skyscanner, and Spotify. Always trying to embed accessibility in the team’s culture. Daniel shares a love for accessibility, at conferences like AppDevCon in Amsterdam, AltConf in San Jose, SwiftFest in Boston, and MobileConf in Bangkok. Daniel is the author of "Developing Accessible iOS Apps" published with Apress.

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Kate Kalcevich

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Kate Kalcevich has championed accessibility since the launch of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act in 2001. In the last decade, she redesigned Ontario.ca, led the Ontario Government’s first User Experience team, developed the Inclusive Design Toolkit, created Ontario’s design guide with an emphasis on accessible web components, and built two role-based digital accessibility training and resource guides.Kate Kalcevich In Kate's current role, she is leading Canada Post in making their websites and applications accessible while building capacity within the digital team to embed accessibility into their daily work. Kate also likes CrossFit, reading about biology (especially immunology, longevity and nutrition science), and spoiling her two cats. She is hearing impaired and is a certified Web Accessibility Specialist.

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Matthew Tylee Atkinson

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Matthew is a senior accessibility engineer at The Paciello Group, and enjoys exploring accessibility through clients and colleagues. He maintains open-source projects in areas of web and game accessibility. Through TPG, he's a member of the W3C's Accessible Platform Architectures group—the opportunities to learn and contribute are super-rewarding. Matthew's background is in academia, having worked on accessibility research projects as well as teaching and presenting at conferences. When not tapping on a keyboard, he loves swimming, attending gigs, sci-fi and the magic of karaoke (some of which have been possible to enjoy virtually).

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Rachel Menzies

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Rachel is a UX researcher and Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Computing at the University of Dundee. She co-directs the UX’d research group with the aim to understand how people use technology and develop new solutions to improve accessibility. Her mission is to help her students learn to be socially aware developers who create accessible solutions by default.

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Gian Wild

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Gian Wild is the CEO of AccessibilityOz, with offices in the United States, Europe and Australia. Gian has worked in accessibility industry since 1998, when she worked on the very first Australian accessible web site. Her major achievements include: six years’ active membership in the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group contributing to WCAG2; her speech on the importance of web accessibility at the United Nations Conference of State Parties in 2015; and the release of the ICT Mobile Site Accessibility Testing Guidelines as the Mobile Sub-Committee Chair of the ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium. Gian won the inaugural Accessibility Person of the Year, in 2019.

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Sarah Horton

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Sarah Horton focuses on ways to improve quality of life through good design. Sarah is an independent consultant, helping organizations create “born accessible” technology. She is also an author of books, articles, and papers on designing technology to improve quality of life. Sarah spent 20 years working in technology and higher education. In 2013, Sarah joined The Paciello Group as Director of User Experience and Design, leading efforts to build the consultancy’s user research and user experience design services. She transitioned to the role of Strategy Lead, guiding organizations on their digital accessibility journey. Sarah represented the company in improvement initiatives such as Teach Access and the Silver Taskforce.

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Carie Fisher

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Carie Fisher is an author, speaker, and developer who is passionate about the intersection of front-end code and UX, digital accessibility, and diversity in technology. Currently, Carie is working as a Senior Accessibility Consultant and Trainer at Deque Systems while pursuing her Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interactions at Iowa State University.

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Rian Rietveld

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Rian Rietveld is a web accessibility specialist at the full-service WordPress agency Level Level and a trainer at the A11Y Collective. Accessibility is important to her, everyone should be able to use the web. Her mission is to educate everyone involved in a web project to create a web that works for all. She lives in a pretty little town near The Hague in the Netherlands. When not reviewing, teaching or coding, you can find her working in her garden.

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