Equal Entry audits technology and produces multimedia training materials to increase education around equal access to information for people with disabilities.
In the past, many people with disabilities did not have the same freedom of access to information as the rest of society, but now, technology has the potential to eliminate this disparity. Equal Entry shares news and information about these technologies, highlighting innovations that strive to make information accessible to all audiences. It amazes us how frequently these kinds of innovations are overlooked.
Our mission is to encourage more equitable access to information by raising awareness about the work in this field.
James Herndon has over nine years of freelance writing experience that spans technical, creative, and other media domains. As a documentation author for HiSoftware, Herndon developed user manuals for 30 software products that are currently used by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and other organizations. Herndon was also responsible for creating SharePoint training materials, a public developer API page, and Section 508 and WCAG2 compliant online help files. Herndon’s work in writing and communications extends beyond the tech world and includes science and the arts. Working with field biologists from the International Snow Leopard Trust, a non-profit conservation organization, Herndon used their research as source material for web content, grant reports, newsletter articles, and donor solicitation pages. He has also worked for Per Aspera Press, an independent publishing house, where he conducted promotional interviews, organized author appearances, and edited upcoming releases. He holds a B.A. in English from North Carolina State University and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College.
Chris Keroack brings 20 years of software testing experience to Equal Entry, with over 15 years in the accessibility field and a decade of project management.
His first introduction to accessibility was as a tester for 3 years in Microsoft Office, owning accessibility as part of testing common UI between Office applications. He was then a test lead, test manager and program manager in the Accessible Technology Group at Microsoft from 2000 to 2007. In his time in ATG he lead testing for the accessibility features of several versions of Windows, and the original versions of Microsoft Active Accessibility and Microsoft UI Automation. His role gradually expanded to include coordinating accessibility testing and education for product groups across Microsoft Windows and Microsoft product groups overall.
More recently, he spent 4 years at Cryptzone (formerly HiSoftware) as an accessibility expert and project manager. While at Cryptzone he delivered accessibility testing of public-facing corporate portals and private intra-company social networking websites for Fortune 500 companies in a variety of sectors. (Clients included medical companies, financial firms, consumer software, universities and U.S. state/federal government agencies.) He also contributed as a project manager in diverse and successful partnerships, from cross-industry collaboration on aspects of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, to multi-vendor accessibility projects for corporate clients, to large-scale (1500+ website) test passes, to support ticket management and customer support for Cryptzone products and services.
His time at Cryptzone also included privacy testing according to industry standards and Fortune 500 corporate clients’ internal policies, using website assessment software and manual testing. Chris is CIPT-certified and CIPP/US-certified with the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Chris holds a B.A. in Communications from Hampshire College. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and two children. He is a long-suffering follower of the Seattle Mariners and occasional contributor to the popular Mariner fan blog Lookout Landing.
Elise M. Cooper brings over 20 years experience in sales, customer advocacy/customer satisfaction, and operations in the field of technology.
Prior to joining Equal Entry she spent 12 years with at Cryptzone (formerly HiSoftware) as a Customer Account Manager. As customer account manager she maintained long-term relationships with a diverse portfolio of clients covering, the private sector, public sector, higher education as well as international.
In her current role, Elise’s responsibilities are developing and maintaining successful client business relationships; conducting market research as well as work closely with all team members.
Ian Bell is a filmmaker and the founder of Divingbell Media. He has over a decade of experience creating educational curriculums, producing informative multimedia, and leading a classroom. He is the producer of The Dinner Table, La Trocha, and the award-winning murder mystery Dead Body. He was invited to participate in the inaugural year of the Washington Filmworks Innovation Lab and is a Sprout Grant recipient for his work on illegal logging in Panama. He was a founding member of Filmmaker for a Cause which provides cost-free media content for non-profits around the world. He is also the co-founder of Native Lines, a project focused on chronicling indigenous conflicts in the developing world by providing on the ground training and production gear. Ian’s productions have covered varying topics from harm reduction in the Philadelphia sex worker community to coastal restoration in India to how rural communities can prepare for the fracking boom. He has produced content for organizations ranging from The Gatorade Company to the Sonoran Institute. Before joining the film community Ian was a social worker serving on behalf of parents suffering from addiction and the children their chemical dependency has impacted. Ian holds a Master of Science in the environmental social sciences from the University of Washington.
Bailey Williams holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with over 8 years of experience in accounting and tax issues. In addition to her role as President of Triangle Nonprofit Services, Bailey currently serves as CFO for the Capital Community Foundation, Inc., a national and statewide tax-exempt charitable foundation based in Raleigh. Prior to founding Triangle Nonprofit Services, Bailey served as Financial Controller of BridgeQuest, Inc., a subsidiary of the publicly traded software development company BluePhoenix Solutions, Ltd. Additionally, as a Senior Auditor at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Bailey led audit engagements of both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, gaining experience with the finances of a broad range of organizational and business models.
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