Jennison Asuncion co-founded Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) with Joe Devon in 2012 and the GAAD Foundation in 2021. In his day job, he has worked in the digital accessibility field since 2006. Jennison is currently LinkedIn’s Head of Accessibility Engineering Evangelism.
Rob Carr is the Strategic Accessibility Coordinator at WebAIM, which is part of the Institute for Disability Research, Policy, and Practice at Utah State University. Rob has been in the digital accessibility space since 2010. He has spent loads of time training, consulting, and learning about digital accessibility topics, large and small. Rob has worked with thousands of individuals and dozens of organizations on everything from accessibility in a single PDF to integrating accessibility into organizations’ digital strategies.
At WebAIM, Rob works primarily to help organizations approach web and digital accessibility as a strategic effort at the project, program, and organizational levels.
Marie Cohan is the Statewide Digital Accessibility Lead for the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). She makes sure state agencies and institutions of higher education have the resources and training needed to provide accessible technology to all Texans. For over 20 years, Marie’s experience includes leading large IT and financial projects, providing management consulting services for both the private and public sectors, and co-founding two Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) consulting firms.
Marie has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Management Information Systems from the University of Texas. She holds the following professional certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC), and university certificates in Change Leadership and Business Analysis.
Darren is the Assistant Director of Digital Accessibility for the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). He has worked with web content and accessibility since 2005, presenting technology in a manner that is approachable and easy to understand. By working with students, staff, and faculty, Darren’s aim is to empower teams to develop equitable and accessible digital information for learning and beyond. Darren is a graduate of UCO and has a background in broadcasting and marketing.
Lindsay Nichols Foster
Lindsay Foster has over two decades of educational experience as an elementary classroom educator, a technology applications instructor, an instructional technology coach and coordinator, and instructional designer. As an instructional designer, Foster specializes in issues related to Regular and Substantive Interaction and Accessibility. She was a Texas Computer Education Association Technology Administrator of the Year finalist in 2021 and Connect Campus Instructional Support Member of the Year in 2023. She also served on the 2021 Texas Education Agency (TEA) State Board of Education Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) Review Committee.
Karl Groves is currently the Chief Innovation Officer at Level Access, the largest accessibility company in the world. Karl has been working in web development since the late nineties and was dragged reluctantly into accessibility shortly thereafter. Over the years he’s become a well-known figure in the field of accessibility throughout the world. No, really. Google him. No, he’s not the bodybuilder. In 2014, Karl revolutionized accessibility testing by creating the first web accessibility testing API, Tenon. In 2023, Karl founded AFixt, Inc., a company focused on performing accessibility remediation.
Lindsey Morris is a highly motivated and experienced Learning Experience Designer with a passion for creating engaging and effective learning experiences for diverse audiences. Her career has allowed her to work in various educational settings, from K-12 to higher education and corporate training, providing her with a strong foundation in instructional design, project management, and universal design for learning (UDL).
She is currently a Learning Experience Designer at Baylor University, where she collaborates with faculty to develop innovative online and blended learning courses.
Glenda Sims (AKA the Goodwitch of a11y) is the Chief Information Accessibility Officer at Deque, where she shares her expertise and passion for the open web with .gov, .edu, .org, and .com. She co-founded axe-con, the world’s largest digital accessibility conference and served as lead judge for AIR (Accessibility Internet Rally). She spent 10+ years as a senior developer at University of Texas with her mentor/hero, Dr. John Slatin. She co-authored “A11Y Wars: The Accessibility Interpretation Problem” with Wilco Fiers. She is on the IAAP Global Leadership Council and the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group at the W3C.