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Disability Resources & Educational Services

Jon Gunderson

Jon Gunderson

Dr. Gunderson is the Coordinator of Accessible IT Group in the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in Human Factors. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from UW-Madison in Electrical and Computer engineering. He is responsible for helping the campus understand the accessibility issues of its online administrative and instructional resources and works with campus IT professionals and instructors to improve accessibility. He is the past chair of the W3C User Agent Working Group and currently a participant in the W3C WAI ARIA working group and is particularly interested in the development of authoring practices and implementation testing. He leads the development group working on open source web accessibility evaluation tools including AInspector Sidebar add-on for Firefox browser, Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) 2.0 and Accessibility Bookmarklets. He is the primary software developer of the open source OpenAjax Accessibility Evaluation library used in   AInspector Sideber and  FAE 2.0 to evaluate web content for W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and AA requirements.  He has taught numerous online courses and workshops on accessible web design including courses on using the new W3C Accessible Rich Internet Application (ARIA) specifications to create accessible web applications. He also presents a national conferences on web accessibility. He participates and leads both regional and national consortiums of higher educational institutions to promote and work together on improving information technology access in higher education. He is a Certified Web Accessibility Professional (CWAP) from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).

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DRES Resources

Workshops and Presentations

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Other Work

He got his start in technology and disability as a student at the University of Wisconsin working on projects at the Trace Center (now located at University of Maryland). His past work at Illinois includes leading the development of the Accessible Web Publishing Wizard for Microsoft Office to help authors create accessible HTML version of Microsoft Office documents and is now a commercial project from Virtual 508. He also developed the PC Talking Typing Tutor a software program for Microsoft Windows to teach people with visual impairments and blindness how to touch type.