Team members at the DAC have many years’ experience in the accessibility arena, and are invited experts on the W3C panel.
Each person has specialist skills, experience and knowledge, and the testing team have a range of disabilities which give them great insight and knowledge about the true accessibility of media.
You are more than welcome to come and visit the team and find out more about our user testing service.
Cam has worked in the accessibility field for 9 years and is a highly professional, motivated, innovative individual, whose passion for accessibility is widely acknowledged and respected in the field. Cam has built solid working relationships with many large organisations in both the corporate and public sectors in the UK. She has also been working from a global platform, servicing sales from the United States, Australia, France and Belgium.
Cam has a good practical knowledge of assistive software and their application to the Web in addition to sound knowledge of relevant legislation, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and other international legislation surrounding accessibility.
Member of International Guild of Accessible Web Designers (www.gawds.org)
Gavin has been working in the field of accessibility for the last 9 years and is a well organised professional person, working with organisations on a global basis to improve the user experience for individuals with disabilities. His focus is ensuring that organisations provide accessible platforms for people with access issues, whether it be internal applications or external facing websites, mobile offerings, Gaming or IPTV user interfaces.
He has an extremely good working knowledge of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) and Mobile Web Best Practices (MWBP), with the ability to apply these guidelines in the real world and how this impacts on users with disabilities.
Member of International Guild of Accessible Web Designers (www.gawds.org)
Geraint Bevan – Team Manager
Geraint has worked in the accessibility field for the last 6 years and is very experienced in using many different types of assistive technologies and automated tools. Geraint is also a highly skilled technical auditor and has a good working knowledge of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).
Geraint also has experience in teaching a range of individuals at various levels of IT including teaching assistive technologies from a beginner level through to advanced.
Emma Wood – Office Manager
Emma joined the company in May 2014 as Office Manager and is responsible for the administration of the office and staff wellbeing. Emma has many years’ experience of working with and supporting disabled people, and was previously a successful Account Manager for Remploy. Emma will oversee the timely delivery of testing and handle the financial aspect of the work.
Linn Muller - International Finance Manager
Linn joined the company in February 2012 as Office Manager. Linn is now responsible for DAC's International Finances. Linn has 24 years’ experience in an accountancy environment. Linn was previously PA to a Senior Partner in a large firm of Accountants based in SE England.
Lee Stone – Technical Reviewer
Lee is an experienced keyboard only user and is proficient with JAWS, Dragon and ZoomText. He has worked in the accessibility field for 4 years. Lee’s background is in care and working with disabled people, which has assisted him in his role at DAC. Lee supports the accessibility audits by helping the DAC team of web testers gather their results, and by quality checking and compiling them into the report before it is passed on for technical auditing.
Deb Roberts – Technical Expert/ Developer
Deb joined DAC after graduating from Swansea Metropolitan University with a First Class Honors degree in Web Development. Deb has a keen interest in web technologies and a lot of personal experience with disabilities, namely Multiple Sclerosis. Deb used this interest and experience as a focus for her final degree project, which also gained interest from M.S National. During this time it became apparent to Deb how crucially important Web Accessibility and Usability is, and how often it is overlooked.
She is enjoying working with the team at the DAC and finding and solving coding problems that will enable all users to access and interact with digital technologies
Jaime Purvis – Screen Reader Analyst
Jaime is registered blind and has been using JAWS screen-reading software for the last 10 years and testing websites using JAWS for the last 7.5 years. Jaime takes satisfaction from his work knowing that the websites he tests will eventually be made more accessible for screen readers. He pays great attention to detail and his comments in the audit report are succinct and invaluable to clients, helping them to understand his perspective as a blind user.
Carly Malone – Screen Reader Analyst
Carly Malone has been blind since she was 6 years old, due to Glaucoma. She has been testing websites using screen readers such as JAWS and NVDA for 7 years. She looks for descriptive information on websites and ensures that it is possible to interact with them using screen reading software. She also works on internal research projects and contributes to the development of policies. Carly is a trustee for a local visually impaired society.
Rebecca Morgan – Voice Activation & Keyboard Only Analyst
Becs is a voice activation analyst. She tests websites using voice activation software called Dragon Naturally Speaking. This means that Becs can use the computer through voice commands. Becs has a BA (hons) in Education Studies and Social Inclusion, and has recently completed a PTLLS course in online teaching. Becs is a wheel-chair user with limited mobility in her upper limbs.
Joy Robey – Readability and Dyslexia Analyst
Joy has Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and a cardiac condition. Joy also has Dyslexia, Colour blindness, and impaired vision. She has been testing websites for 4 years. Joy has a wealth of experience of the barriers faced by people with Dyslexia and Colour blindness and her comments in audit reports are extremely useful to clients.
Gary Thomas – Low Vision and Screen Magnification Analyst
Gary Thomas is a low vision analyst, and has worked in the accessibility field for 5 years. Gary has diabetic retinopathy, which has affected his sight to an extent that he is blind in one eye and has very limited vision in the other. Gary currently uses Zoom-Text screen magnification software.
James O’Kane – Web Tester
James has been testing websites for over a year and a half. He is Colour Blind and has Dyslexia. James is proving very quick to learn and is now helping with the compilation of audit reports in addition to carry out testing. James is very willing to explain his conditions to clients, helping them realise the barriers that he faces on a daily basis.
Mike Jones – Screen Reader Analyst
Ziad was born and educated in Cardiff. Ziad suffered a severe visual impairment in 2009 and quickly sought rehabilitation to enable him to resume work. Ziad learned to touch type and was also trained on Zoom Text and after several months of volunteer work Ziad was employed by a local charity assisting people who had suffered a visual impairment. Ziad has been employed by The Digital Accessibility Centre as a web tester since his contract at the local charity came to an end.
Jonathan Brew – Web Tester
Jonathan has been employed as a Web Tester since October 2012 and has a learning difficulty; he is 20 years old and is interested in all aspects of IT. Jonathan has experience in computer maintenance and upkeep and studied computers in college – First Diploma.
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Hugh Saunders – Support Worker/Web Tester
Hugh is a support worker (and sometimes a tester) at The DAC. Hugh has been teaching IT for about 16 years with students aged between 16 and 85. Within that role, using diverse software, he teaches students with many types of disabilities. Hugh’s role is to support the staff as they use the various hardware and software systems to enable them to complete their work.
Marvis Thomas – Voice Activation Tester
Marvis is 63 years of age and suffers with cerebral palsy and is confined to an electric wheelchair. Marvis achieved O levels whilst at school but it was not until two years ago that she began using a computer, having been taught by Geraint Bevan, the team manager at The Digital Accessibility Centre. Marvis now works one day a week at the Digital Accessibility Centre as a volunteer.
William Treharne – Web Tester
William is a valuable member of the team. He tests web sites for accessibility for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and deaf people, and enjoys making a difference for other users with similar disabilities.
William has been studying for his level 3 legal executive and passed. He has many other interests including maths, outdoor bowls, climate change, global warming, saving energy and recycling.
Andrew Windsor – Low Vision and Readability Analyst
Andrew starting working for us in July, he is partially sighted and is a low vision & readability website analyser. He has experience of working with disabled people through studying at Royal National College in Hereford. Before joining DAC he worked as a Network Technician at a school maintaining 300+ computers.
Andrew uses screen magnification to test websites using Dolphin SuperNova Access Suite. He can use HTML and in his spare time learning HTML5.