Sharon D Snider  Sharon D Snider photo         

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IBM Accessibility Leadership Team
Austin Research Laboratory, Austin, TX, USA


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Professional Associations:  W3C - World Wide Web Consortium


Accessibility Engineer and Subject Matter Expert with an extensive background in enterprise accessibility compliance, requirements, and standards. As a member of the Accessibility Leadership Team in IBM Research I believe in finding new and innovative ways to help teams to efficiently and effectively enable accessibility features and functionality in there projects that promote inclusion for all users in every phase of the development lifecycle.

My current project is working as an accessibility subject matter expert in the development of an ever-learning chatbot, based on a domain specific ontology, that can answer user questions related to accessibility and inclusive design. In addition, I'm working with the Dynamic Assessment Plug-in team creating accessibility rules for the new WCAG 2.1 accessibility techniques.

I am also a member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Personalization Task Force which involves work that focuses on tailoring aspects of the user experience using semantic mark-up and other technologies that enable user preferences to meet user needs.

My first experience working with accessibility technologies started when I joined IBM in 1998. In 2001 I became an accessibility focal point in the IBM Linux Technology Center contributing accessibility guidance as a subject matter expert for applications written on the Linux platform. After that I was hooked! In 2006, I joined the IBM Accessibility Research team and have been providing accessibility guidance across the enterprise ever since.

And last but certainly not least, I enjoy volunteering my time as a certified Mid-Coast Chapter Texas Master Naturalist and citizen scientist, by providing education, outreach, and services that are dedicated to the beneficial management of our natural resources and the nature areas within my community.