Join us for this opportunity to learn through the perspective of blind technologists and how they navigate the Internet and other technology with assistive technology.
Jennison has been working in the digital accessibility industry since 2006. He currently is Head of Accessibility Engineering Evangelism at LinkedIn. In 2012, Jennison co-founded Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD happens on the 3rd Thursday each May, and is a grassroots effort dedicated to raising the visibility, especially among the mainstream tech community, on issues of digital access and inclusion by and for people with disabilities/impairments. He is also Vicechair and Co-Founder of the GAAD Foundation. Launched this past May, its mission is to disrupt the culture of technology and digital product development to include accessibility as a core requirement.
Synge Tyson is a consultant who works to broaden accessibility and inclusion across various industries. Her emphasis is on policy, implementing strategic programs of inclusion, creating accessible platforms, and designing barrier free experiences that include people with disabilities.
She holds six degrees and several industry certifications including an IAAP-Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competency (CPACC). Synge is also Certified in User Experience (UXC) with an Interaction Design Specialty by the world renowned Nielsen Norman Group (NN/g). Her positions within the federal government, industry, and nonprofit have guided policy and empowered people with disabilities. She is also a long time civil rights advocate, and continues to be a paralegal consultant for a landmark ADA public transit civil litigation case.
Synge has served on the Tapia Accessibility Committee, is a Tapia Industry Advisory Board member, and has been an AnitaB.org-Grace Hopper Community Liaison for People with Disabilities. Synge is the Community Leader for Black Women in Computing (BWiC). She enjoys providing resources and mentoring. In more recent years she has been a consultant with numerous prestigious organizations, including research departments at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Psychology, College of Computing: the School of Interactive Computing – Human Computer Interaction, and School of Industrial Design within the College of Design. Also, in her position as research faculty at Georgia Tech, she has conducted research regarding policy development in relation to human interaction with wireless communication technologies, co-edited the publication, “Technology and Disabilities Policy Highlights,” and conducted research exploring methods for more inclusive and universally designed learning environments.
Currently, Synge is a Principal Accessibility Consult for a financial institution and provides consultation across several portfolios within UX Digital Operations. Synge loves presenting at local, state, national and international conferences and topics typically focus on accessibility, disability, inclusion and intersectionality.
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