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Re: Introduction

From: David Berman | 613-728-6777 <berman@davidberman.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2015 11:48:53 -0500
To: Susan Hewitt <susan.hewitt@deque.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-eo@w3.org
Message-ID: <563CAF2E.3010508@davidberman.com>
H Susan,

Great to meet you.
We love Deque up here!

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On 2015-11-04 14:10, Susan Hewitt wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I'm Susan Hewitt and I spoke to some of you on last week's call. I'm very excited to join the group.  Some information on me:
>
> I live in Austin, Texas and am a senior accessibility specialist with Deque. I work directly with clients performing assessments on a wide-range of projects: websites, applications, software, wireframes, mobile websites, and native apps. Some of these projects involve training clients 
> to integrate accessibility into their own processes and helping the developers learn how to code accessibly.
>
> Previous to Deque I was the accessibility coordinator for the Texas Department of State Health Services. With 12,000 employees, DSHS is one of the state's largest agencies. I was responsible for coordinating and ensuring accessibility of all of our electronic resources. I worked with 
> executive management to establish policy and procedures; procurement offices to ensure purchase of Section 508 compliant products; inside developers and outside vendors to assess compliance with accessibility policy; and managed testers and remediators.
>
> In the rest of my Texas state government career I've held development and accessibility positions at the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, the Comptroller of Public Accounts and the University of Texas I held positions including development and new media adviser to 
> student journalists and broadcasters. My work in the private sector has included start-ups and media companies in Houston, Austin, Dallas, and New York.
>
> I began working in Web design and development 20 years ago during my senior year at UT where I was a double major in Plan II Honors and English. I was using tools such as Veronica to research my senior thesis on the Bronte sisters' juvenilia when I discovered the browser Mosiac. I 
> began to teach myself HTML by creating a website to gather my research (which I'm a embarrassed to say was called "Charlotte's Web..") Many universities linked to it and I was surprised to receive an email from someone in Japan saying she couldn't read my brown text on brown 
> background. I'm ashamed to say that I told her I could see it just fine and it fit in with my design. I hope I've now made up for that mistake.
>
> I intended to pursue a PhD in English Literature but companies began to recruit me for design and development positions.. This surprised me as I didn't realize that this Web stuff could actually be a career. I decided to put my PhD plans on hold for a couple of years and stash away a 
> little money. I never went back for that degree.
>
> Accessibility has reignited my passion for my career and I'm a strong believer in the need for evangelism. I'm particularly interested in mobile and cognitive accessibility as well as the wider issues of disabilities in those living in poverty and the aging population. 
> Extracurricularly, I serve on the certification committee of the IAAP and as a judge for the Knowbility OpenAIR competition.
>
> Besides tech work, I read anything and everything, write on my typewriter when I get a chance, and take care of our hoard of rescued dogs, cats, and a flock of chickens.
>
> I look forward to working with all of you,
> Susan
>
> -- 
> Susan Hewitt
> Sr. Accessibility Specialist
> Deque Systems
> Office: 703-225-0380 ext. 133
> Mobile: 512-784-3522
>

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