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Christy Blew is an IT Accessibility Specialist in the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has over 15 years of experience in developing and using internet technologies to deliver information to people and has been working with IT accessibility education for over 10 years. Christy is part of the ITaccess initiative at the University of Illinois that focuses on the awareness, evaluation, and education of accessibility of electronic information. Her online and classroom training sessions include accessibility issues with Word, PowerPoint, and PDF. She is a member of the W3C Protocols and Formats working group and the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). Christy currently holds a Masters in Technology and a Certification in Computer Science from Eastern Illinois University and a certificate in Audio Description through Audio Description Associates.
Nicholas Hoyt is a software developer and interaction designer with Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois and has served in this capacity for the past 9 years. He led the software development, user interface design and interaction design of the Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) 1.0 and 1.1. He is currently responsible for the software development and interaction design of AInspector Sidebar for Firefox. In addition to these responsibilities, he led the development of a conceptual model for web accessibility evaluation used as the basis for Ainspector Sidebar, AInspector for Firebug and FAE 2.0. He has made significant contributions to the user interface design of FAE 2.0 and the design of the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for the OpenAjax Evaluation Library and other software tools developed by the Accessible IT Group.
Lori Lane is the newest member as an IT Accessibility Specialist with DRES. Prior to DRES, she has been an Accessibility Connoisseur advocating for accessibility on the Web and beyond. She specializes in user interface analysis of different technology platforms such as Web, video, PDF and Word. Ms. Lane also provides solutions to making the technology platforms more accessible. Lori has joined International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and W3C Protocols and Formats working group. She holds a M.Ed. in Continuing and College Education, and two certificates: one in Instructional Design and e-Learning, and the other in Web Design and Development from Western Washington University.