SC Web Testers for 2012
SC Web Testers for 2012
Allow us to introduce our Web Testers!
Beverly Brown has been an educator for over twenty years. She has taught in special and regular education classes in New York and South Carolina. She has her master’s degree from Long Island University in educational technology. A five year stroke survivor, she is the facilitator of the Stroke Survivor Support Group at HealthSouth in Columbia and an Ambassador for Power to End Stroke. She and her military husband Christopher are the parents of two children ages 12 and 13. Beverly is very active as the Founder and President of a faith-based non-profit organization.
Leslie at a training
Leslie Brown, totally blind since birth, lives in Sanford, North Carolina, and uses JAWS as her primary assistive technology. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate. She and her niece are pursuing their shared dream of becoming published authors. Her interests involve helping others and improving her skills as a writer. She enjoys writing, learning how to use various forms of assistive technology, and educating the public about how people with disabilities interact with the world.
Read a GoUpstate article about Leslie and her assistive technology.
David W Bundy
David at an Expo exhibit
David Bundy an Assistive Technology Consultant With The SC Commission for the Blind, where he has been employed since 2001. To access web pages, he use JAWS for Windows, Talks, and about any other speech or braille output AT on the market, to one degree or another.
Robbie Clemons lives in Florence and has a degree in Computer Science from Francis Marion University. He enjoys working on software projects and spending time with friends and family. He has an incomplete spinal cord injury with limited use of his arms. He uses sticky keys and a touch pad to help him access a computer.
David Bundy with Steve Cook
Steve Cook has been an Assistive Technology Consultant with the SC Commission for the Blind for eight years, working with various types of assistive technology. He uses JAWS for Windows to access information on his computer. In 2009 and 2010 he chaired a committee to bring together the Disability Coordinators from around the state from Tech Schools, Colleges and Universities for an Assistive Technology Expo at the SC Commission for the Blind. He is also a Web Tester, and through the SC Assistive Technology Advisory Committee, reviews websites for accessibility with varying types of assistive technology. He is the President of the Computer Science and Technology Division, part of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina. He is married and he and his wife both have guide dogs and 2 Dachshunds as pets.
Beth has been visually impaired her whole life. As a result, she primarily uses JAWS, along with windows magnifier. She's attending Ohio State University in the MA/PhD Speech Language Pathology program. Her interests include politics, news, good speeches, and, most importantly, spending time with family and friends.
Jim with his wife Beth
Jim, 28, is a senior at Clemson studying Therapeutic Recreation. He is a member of the service-oriented Chi Delta Fraternity. He is also a member of Clemson Foothills Church and is learning Judo this semester. He has been playing Goalball for 15 years now, and is aspiring to be on the 2012 London Paralympic Team. He and his wife Mary Beth live in Columbus, Ohio where he will be completing his Clemson curricula by fulfilling a 480 hour internship in the spring that is related to adaptive sports.
Brian Denny with his wife Jessica
Brian Denny has no use of his arms. He was inujured in a work accident. He spent five months post injury at Shepard Center in Atlanta, where he helped the assistive technology department trouble shoot devices they have developed. He enjoys playing with his kids and connecting with people through email and facebook.
Dennis with Wendy Mullin and Janet Jendron
Dennis Farro uses JAWS and a Powerbraille 40 braille display. He is a recent graduate of Columbia International University with a Masters in Divinity. He is seeking employment in the field of clinical counseling. He is originally from New York, where all of his family resides. Among his many and varied interests are traveling, public speaking, reading and working out.
Kristi Flynn is a small business owner who lives in Georgia and also works with Augusta Virtual Assistants (AVA). She uses Windows DPI screen resolution to access electronic information. She has an associates degree in human services and a certificate in e-marketing from Aiken Technical College. Her interests include blogging, concerts, television and traveling.
Kristi is very grateful for her experience with the program:
"I have taken the skills I learned as a web tester and used them to start my own Internet marketing business! I now can tell clients I have been trained and have experience in making websites accessible and friendly to those with special needs."
Kristi Flynn's site: KFLY Internet Marketing
Sam Hahn and Janet Jendron
Sam Hahn is a web designer for the SC Department of Natural Resources and a member of the SC Assistive Technology Advisory Committee, as well as its Web Accessibility Committee. A former member of SCATP, Sam has been active in planning web conferences and events for a number of years.
Dow Hammond at work
"Dow Hammond graduated from USC and now works with the USC Office of Student Disability Services. With his love of technology and his own experience of living with a disability, he enjoys helping out in the OSDS Assistive Technology lab and being in charge of their website. Away from work, Dow's always up for road trips, playing and watching sports, family events, and relaxation!"
Denise and Wil James
with their dogs Max and Titan.
Denise James is from Augusta, GA. After 20 years with Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services in Augusta Georgia, she retired to pursue a career in writing as well as leadership and public speaking through Toastmasters. She uses ZoomText 9.1 and 10 beta, MAGic 12, NVDA, and Windows 8 Magnifier. She and Wil have been married for almost ten years and have two furry four-legged service dog children, Max and Titan.
Wil and Denise with their dogs
Max and Titan
William (Wil) James was a technical support consultant for an adaptive software company. He uses JAWS and Window Eyes. He and Denise are married and live in Augusta, GA with their service dogs, Max and Titan.
Jon Brundage with Clay Jeffcoat
Clay serves as the Access Technology Specialist in the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind's Outreach Vision Program. He provides consultation and direct instruction to students and teachers in public schools and agencies statewide. He also consults with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind Braille Production Center located at Leath Correctional Facility in Greenwood, where he provides training and technical assistance with the sophisticated equipment used to produce Braille. He has taught Access Technology for Teachers of the Visually Impaired for the University of South Carolina Upstate. Clay is a graduate of USC with a BS in Computer Science and an MBA. He is a member of the Computer Science and Technology Committee of the National Federation of the Blind of SC, and also serves as vice chair of the Talking Book Services Advisory Council for the South Carolina State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
In his spare time, Mr. Jeffcoat enjoys antique radio restoration and spending time with his family.
David Jones, Dragon user
David Jones lives in Hilton Head and is self-employed. Due to paralysis, he uses Dragon Dictate, a voice activated program. He has five siblings and an eleven year old son. He enjoys sports, meditation and meeting people, and appreciates his very supportive mother and surrounding community.
John Knope at the AT Expo
John Knope works for Goodwill in Greenville training clients of the SC Commission for the Blind to use JAWS and ZoomText. He is blind and has a hearing impairment. He and his wife Crystal live in Greenville. He enjoys conversation, playing the guitar, and working with computers.
David Lindsey at home
David lives in upstate South Carolina and has quadraplegia. He enjoys reading and surfing the web for news. He uses different combinations of a mouthstick, trackball, the Sticky Keys feature of Windows 7, a sip/puff button and a hands-free mouse to access the web.
Will McCain is currently a Program Assistant at the SC Assistive Technology Program keeping the website up-to-date. Originally from Denmark, SC, he lived in Charleston for a short time before moving to Columbia. He is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer, with a stint in Senegal. He is constantly expanding his skills as a Web Developer, hoping one day to have his own company.
Stefanie Magura has been totally blind since birth. She currently lives in Asheville, but was raised in Rock Hill, SC, and recently graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in business.
She’s used JAWS since high school, but is now learning to use NVDA. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, walking, reading, and snow skiing.
Wendy with Janet Jendron
Web Developer, USC
Cindy uses Zoomtext magnifier/screen reader. She has been legally blind since birth. She works for the Client Assistance Program in the Governor's Office as an Administrative Assistant/Advocate. She has her Associates in Science/Office Systems Technology from Midlands Technical College. She recently earned her Bachelor's in Business Administration/Computer Software Application at Limestone College. She is married and a proud mother of a six year old son who keeps her quite busy.
Kelly Prescott is a Unix systems/network administrator who uses JAWS screen reading software and a Braille display on his Windows 7 computer. In his spare time he pursues his amateur radio hobby, plays goal ball, sings karaoke, reads, cooks and hangs out with friends.
Clay Jeffcoat with Josh
Josh Rose is the owner of Owner of Elephant Room Media, LLC. After getting a BA in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina, he started his business that designs web pages and makes commercials, event videos, and promotional videos for businesses and non-profits (including United Way of the Midlands, Palmetto Health Foundation, City Year, The SC Spinal Cord Injury Association, and the South Carolina Interagency Office for Disability and Health).
Amanda Rush lives in Greenville, North Carolina. She previously worked for Freedom Scientific as a support technician and is currently between jobs and in the process of going to college to obtain various Cisco and Microsoft certifications. Amanda is blind and uses JAWS to access the Internet. In her spare time, she likes to read and cook. She also loves technology, so much so that almost all the available surfaces in her apartment are covered with it!
Jessica Smith, JAWS user
Jessica Smith is originally from Dillon, SC. After graduating from undergraduate school in Florence, she move to Virginia, where she works as an accountant for the Department of the Army. She has been blind since the age of 16 and has been using JAWS and Open Book for over 10 years. She loves shopping and reading, and frequently visits friends and family in the Carolinas.
J. Laura Skelton
J. Laura Skelton of Sumter, South Carolina, is the daughter of a mother/daughter rental property business team. Her Assistive Technology consist of JAWS a screen reader and Zoomtext a screen magnifier. Laura enjoys expanding her horizons in computers, herb gardening, and preserving family history. She is an active member of The National Federation of the Blind Sumter Chapter.
Grace Strother is a knowledge specialist at Blackbaud, a software company that serves the nonprofit sector, where she administers the online knowledgebase and helps manage social media engagement with customers. She's passionate about fine tea, retired racing greyhounds, books, and travel. Grace is legally blind and uses the ZoomText screen reader/magnifier.
Brian J. Woznicki has had cerebral palsy since birth. His first passion is scouting. As an Eagle Scout, he’s served on the staff of two jamborees in Ireland and in various adult leadership roles. Brian graduated from Eastern University, St. David’s, Pennsylvania, has a certificate in computer programming and a Master’s of Science in Organizational Management from the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a spinal cord injury as a result of spasticity in his neck. For over ten years, he’s worked for different corporations and he’s currently an adapted technology research specialist at Inglis where he maintains an adapted technology database and is experienced in several adapted input methods, including Tobii EyeGaze.
Allison Yeager with her dog Forge.
Allison Yeager is originally from Columbia, SC. She now lives in Charleston and work for at Blackbaud, a computer software company that makes software products for non-profits. She works with the Knowledgebase and other online resources. Allison says, "I enjoy doing things with my wonderful Siberian Husky. He’s recently completed an agility class." Allison also enjoys learning new things and traveling.