Team Members

Jon Gunderson

Dr. Jon Gunderson is the Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology Accessibility in the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois. He is responsible for computer and information technology accessibility issues for students with disabilities at the University of Illinois. He is the past chair of the W3C User Agent Working Group and currently involved in making dynamic HTML more accessible as part of the W3C Protocols and Formats and W3C WCAG Techniques working groups. He is the chair of the OpenAjax Accessibility Task Force creating an open source Javascript library for evaluating the accessibility of dynamically generated content using techniques based on the W3C Accessible Rich Internet Application (ARIA) 1.0 specifications and HTML5 to meet W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 requirements.  He is the primary software developer of the open source OpenAjax Accessibility Evaluation library and Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 (FAE) that is designed to spider websites for accessibility information. He has taught numerous online courses and workshops on accessible web design including courses on using the ARIA 1.0 specifications and the accessibility features of HTML5 to create highly accessible web applications to meet the WCAG 2.0 requirements. He leads both regional and national consortiums of higher educational institutions to promote and collaborate on Information technology access issues to people with disabilities.

Christy Blew

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

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

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.