Jon has over 15 years’ experience in accessibility and usability, working for a wide range of multinational organisations across the mobile, finance and energy sectors. With a background in Psychology and Information systems, Jon is passionate about enabling everyone to use technology effectively in their day-to-day lives. He creates accessibility solutions that are practical, elegant and human centred. Jon explains accessibility in real-world terms that focus on finding the optimal balance between technology, business and customer needs. His main role at Hassell Inclusion is to provide engaging, interactive and tailored training that delivers practical real world knowledge that makes a difference.
How did you get into accessibility?
I got into accessibility initially as an IT manager for a membership organisation being asked to advise companies when the first version of the Web accessibility guidelines came out way back in 1999. From this, I found accessibility a great way to partner my interest in psychology and technology, and from there, I moved into full-time accessibility consultancy and training.
What’s the one thing you’ve done in accessibility you’re most proud of?
I am proud of developing and running a training programme that enabled over 40 people with little or no knowledge of accessibility to be able to be fully-fledged Accessibility auditors of web and mobile sites.