Part of changing the state of accessibility is changing the perspective of disability.
Dr. Michele A. Williams has 15 years of academic and industrial experience in UX, accessibility, and technology. She is passionate about ensuring people with disabilities are not excluded from technology. Her well-rounded experience includes training, design consultation, field research with people with disabilities, and code remediation for building WCAG-compliant technology.
Dr. Williams holds a B.S. in Computer Science, Masters of Software Engineering with a concentration in Human-Computer Interaction, and PhD in Human-Centered Computing with a focus on accessibility. Along with industry project contributions, her research and designs have resulted in several cited publications, international presentations, and a patent application (see LinkedIn for more details).
Coupling her passion with her expertise, she now offers consulting services including accessibility training for UX professionals and key stakeholders, and project advising including research facilitation and design consultation. Contact her for a consultation experience tailored to your needs.
2020 Speaking Events
[Cancelled] CSUN Assistive Technology Conference; “Equation Editors: Designing for the Needs of All Users” (co-presented with Steve Noble, Dr. Shari Butler, and Dan Brown)
[Postponed] blackcomputeHER Conference; “Being All-Around Advocates: Teaching and Creating Accessible Technology Inclusive of People with Disabilities”
Carnegie Mellon University; “UX Research in Industry” (Guest Lecture); April 2020
University of North Carolina at Charlotte; “Intro to Web Accessibility” (Guest Lecture); April, November, & December 2020
AnitaB.org – Elevating Conversations; “The Accessible Future of Tech”; Panelist with Professors Elaine Short and Shiri Azenkot, Moderator Brenda Darden Wilkerson; August 2020
Collab Lab – Collab Talks; “What is User eXperience?” (Guest Lecture); September 2020
#ID24 – Inclusive Design 24; “Responsive Design vs. Magnification: Designing for Users with Low Vision”; Co-presented with Synge Tyson; September 2020
Carnegie Mellon University; “Accessibility Careers” (Moderated Interview); November 2020
University of Michigan; “Testing for Accessibility” (Guest Lecture); December 2020
Start creating accessible and inclusive technology
COVID-19 quarantine underscored the capabilities of online learning, remote work, and live virtual events – all of which allow unprecedented inclusion of people with disabilities. Using the best of what we’ve created can make the post-quarantine “new normal” as inclusive as ever.
As #GAAD (Global Accessibility Awareness Day) closely follows the anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, a question comes to mind: Are people still perpetuating the “separate but equal” mentality when it comes to people with disabilities? Unfortunately, there is ample evidence the answer is “Yes”.