@iheni Joins the TPG Team!

Posted on Friday, 8 August 2014 by Mike Paciello

…and we’re psyched! Henny Swan has accepted a senior level consulting position with The Paciello Group (TPG). TPG will be celebrating Henny’s arrival in early September at our semi-annual tech meeting in Dublin, Ireland. Henny immediately strengthens TPG’s expertise in several areas including user experience, media player and mobile platform accessibility. We’re very happy to have Henny with us — please join us in welcoming her to TPG!

Here’s a little background info on Henny:

Henny joins TPG from the BBC where she was Senior Accessibility Consultant. While at BBC, Henny worked within a team implementing an accessibility framework for the organization which supports accessibility throughout the product development process from user experience, to development, quality assurance and test. She also lead on mobile accessibility which resulted in the BBC Mobile Accessibility Standards and Guidelines, a set of requirements, code examples and test criteria for building accessible websites and native apps (iOS and Android).

Through her work on BBC iPlayer, the corporation’s flagship video on demand and live TV service, Henny also focused on media player accessibility. This included not just technical support for screen readers and voice input software for HTML and Flash video but also interface design, layout and easy access to accessibility features and user journeys in and out of the player.

Henny has worked in accessibility for 13 years previously at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the UK and Opera Software. She is a published author, as well as contributing to magazines such as .Net and Smashing Magazine. Henny has contributed to a number of groups including the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG), User Agent Accessibility Guidelines User Group (UAAG), the W3C Mobile Symposium, the UN Global Initiative for Accessible ICT (UNG3ICT), and am a past co-lead of the Web Standards Project (WASP) International Liaison Group (ILG). Henny has spoken at conferences such as CSUN, South by South West, Mobile Monday, Accessibility 2.0 and Techshare.

Henny blogs over at www.iheni.com.


About Mike Paciello

Mike is the Founding Partner of The Paciello Group. He has been in the accessibility business since the mid-80's, both as a usability and accessibility engineer. In 2006, along with his friend and colleague Jim Tobias, he was appointed co-chair to the United States Federal Access Board's Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC). In years past he has been involved in several well known accessibility ventures including ICADD, WAI, and WebABLE (his first official web site and start-up). Most recently, together with TVworldwide.com, he launched a new internet channel, WebABLE.tv, dedicated to building greater awareness about technology and people with disabilities.

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