Utah State University
Dr. Cyndi Rowland is the Founder and Executive Director of WebAIM and the National Center on Disability and Access to Education housed at Utah State University. Since 1999 she has focused on research, tool and resource development, training, and policy initiatives in web accessibility for education. The work of both WebAIM and NCDAE are viewed as important resources in web accessibility. Both groups have a rich history of research and product development to benefit the broader community and an inclusive web. WebAIM is consistently in the top 5 Google returns when searching for “web accessibility”, where there are typically millions of returns. Some of WebAIM’s content includes issues and technical recommendations for developers who wish their designs to be inclusive of individuals with disabilities. NCDAE has rich resources for administrators and faculty alike who wish to make changes in their systems and individual practice. This includes an institutional Benchmarking and Planning Tool as well as accessibility Cheatsheets used frequently by faculty and staff. Dr. Rowland has engaged in her accessibility work at top tier national and international levels. Examples include sitting on the Section 508 refresh committee, and working on initiatives out of UN organizations such as the ITU and UNESCO where she was an invited expert to assist in the creation of global guidelines for online distance education, where accessibility plays a role for UN Member States.
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