Making eAccessibility a cool challenge for developers, not something dull or vanilla.
Helen Petrie is Professor of Human Computer Interaction in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York in the UK. Her main research interest is the design and evaluation of new technologies for people with disabilities and older people. She has been involved in more than 30 British and international projects in this area and has published extensively. She has advised numerous private and public sector organisations on the accessibility of the Web and other new technologies and on other issues related to technology and disability. She conducted large studies on the accessibility of the web for disabled people for the Disability Rights Commission and the Museums, Libraries and Archive Council (MLA) and is has been part of a team setting up an international eAccessibility Network of organizations interested in the accessibility of the information society (www.eaccessplus.eu), funded by the European Commission. In 2009 she was awarded the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Award for the social impact of her research. In 2012 she will be the Lise Meitner Memorial Professor at Lund University in Sweden.