CS492 Gowri Kannan, Sarah Azam, Theresa Pittapilly, Shalu Pandey
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CS492 : Gowri Kannan, Sarah Azam, Theresa Pittapilly, Shalu Pandey Jon Gunderson – Client Profile Accessibility Tools Dr. Jon Gunderson, Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology Accessibility for the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services, is currently developing new technologies and providing resources for implementing accessibility on campus. He also supports people working outside the state and national efforts in this field of study. In addition to this, he has responsibilities for individual students with disabilities and problems with accessibilities. The Department for Disability Services has about 37 full time employees as well as student employees. Dr. Gunderson has been at the University of Illinois for 16 years and currently supervises 3 full time employees, 1 part time employee, and has 3 students who report to him. The students who report to him are currently working on developing best practices to work on W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) test widgets that use ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Application). They are finding a main way that software programs can be used for accessibility APIs that provide alternative user interfaces. ARIA is a way to make web content and web applications more accessible for people with disabilities. Dr. Gunderson has worked with 492 projects in the past. Last year, he worked with a team to look at accessibility of software for Microsoft Office. The group worked on developing a guideline based on CITA’s best practices to determine the accessibility level of Word documents and PowerPoint presentations. This year, Dr. Gunderson wants to focus more on accessibility of media. Our project, an interactive web captioning tool, will create a way for people to make their media more accessible for people with hearing impairments or for those with English as a second language.