Mary J (Mary Jo) Mueller  Mary J (Mary Jo) Mueller photo         

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Accessibility Standards Program Manager; Inclusive Design
Austin Research Laboratory, Austin, TX, USA


Professional Associations

Professional Associations:  International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)  |  Society of Women Engineers  |  W3C - World Wide Web Consortium

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More information:  IBM Accessibility Handbook  |  IBM Accessibility Checklist  |  Inclusive Design  |  Age and Ability


Began working in the accessibility area of IBM as a software engineer in 1991 and contributed to development of products such as Screen Reader/2, SpeechViewer II and III (a speech therapy tool), and Home Page Reader (a talking web browser). Later, I shifted focus to accessibility standards and policy to ensure technologies IBM uses in our products can be made accessible.

Expertise includes accessibility and usability for people with disabilities, worldwide accessibility standards and regulations such as Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, UK Disability Discrimination Act, EN 301 549, W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, WAI-ARIA, and so on.

Develops accessibility standards strategy and leads all IBM accessibility standards efforts (ISO, W3C, etc.) through a worldwide team. Follows worldwide governmental policies and promotes harmonization of accessibility standards. Also promotes and teaches inclusive, universal design principles.

Represents IBM in the following accessibility standards committees:

  • W3C Accessibility Conformance Testing Task Force (ACT TF) co-chair. This task force is defining test rules formats and creating a repository of test rules for verifying WCAG conformance.
  • W3C WCAG APA working group which looks at the formal Web technologies from an accessibility perspective.
  • W3C Education and Outreach working group by contributing to updates to be made to the Web standards and policy information on the W3C website.
  • W3C Cognitive Accessibility task force to determine gaps in WCAG 2.0 coverage for people with cognitive disabilities.

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