Universal Web Design Workshop

Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES) and Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign


Jon Gunderson, Ph.D.

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Jon Gunderson, Ph.D.
Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)
Phone: (217) 244-5870
E-mail: jongund@uiuc.edu
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Dr. Gunderson is the Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology Accessibility in the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES).  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 currently responsible for computer and information technology accessibility issues for students, faculty and staff with disabilities at UIUC.  Before his present position at UIUC, he was an assistant professor in an Rehabilitation Services Administration sponsored rehabilitation engineering training program at DRES. As a graduate student he worked at the Trace Research and Development Center. While at the Trace Center he worked on a number of R&D projects and the evaluation of a number of technologies for people with motor impairments and visual impairments.  His continued research interests focus on how to improve the design information technologies for people with disabilities to achieve maximum performance and greater independence in their use of computer based technologies. Currently he is working on projects related to the web and information technology accessibility. He is the past chair of the W3C User Agent Working Group and currently envolved in making Dynamic Web Applications more accessible as part of the W3C Protocols and Formats Working Group. He also developed PC Talking Typing Tutor a software program for Microsoft Windows to teach people with visual impairments and blindness how to touch type and Illinois Accessible Publishing Wizard for Microsoft Office. Projects he continues to lead for web accessibility include the Firefox Accessibility Extension and the Functional Web Accessibility Evaluator Tool. These tools help developers learn how to use the iCITA HTML Accessibility Best Practices to implement the requirements of the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act, Section 508 and W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.