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Shawn HenryEducation and Outreach Lead


Shawn Henry focuses her personal passion for accessibility on bringing together the needs of individuals and the goals of organizations in designing human-computer interfaces. Her book Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design offers an approach for developing products that are more usable for everyone.

Shawn leads the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) education and outreach activities promoting web accessibility for people with disabilities. Before joining the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), she developed and implemented strategies to optimize user interface design for usability and accessibility with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, international standards bodies, research centers, and education providers.

Shawn holds a research appointment at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and is an Executive Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which selects The Webby Awards. She has a BSc in English with focus on technical writing and computer science, and an MSc in Digital Inclusion.

When not typing on her little laptop, she is often out paddling her long sea kayak.