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Henry, Shawn Lawton. Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design. Madison, WI: ET\Lawton, 2007. ISBN 978-1430319528

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About the Author

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Shawn Henry focuses her personal passion for accessibility on bringing together the needs of individuals and the goals of organizations in designing human-computer interfaces.

Shawn leads worldwide education and outreach activities promoting web accessibility for people with disabilities at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Prior to joining the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), she developed and implemented strategies to optimize user interface design for usability and accessibility with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, education providers, government agencies, research centers, and international standards bodies.

Although Shawn holds a research appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and has a Massachusetts phone number, she isn’t a super-geek and she lives in Madison, Wisconsin. When not typing on her little laptop, she is often out paddling her long sea kayak.

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To Don and Elise, my dad and mum, for who I am

Thanks to those who reviewed the first version of this book, listed in the next section, and especially to the following contributors to this version.

For source code review and overall design of online version:

For cover design:

For amazingly intuitive voice recognition and typing:

For anecdotes and edits:

Much of Part II of this book is based on Accessibility in the User Centered Design Process [1], and is used with permission. It was sponsored in part by Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC) at Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education under grant number H133A0000405. The following individuals contributed their time and expertise in reviewing it:

I've saved the best for last. For keeping the initial project going and co-writing the first edition of Accessibility in the User Centered Design Process, my immense thanks to:

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  1. Henry, S.L. and Grossnickle, M. Accessibility in the User Centered Design Process. Atlanta, Georgia, USA: Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Inc., 2004.


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