David was born where two major US highways, I-70 and I-35, intersect. A city named Salina, Kansas. Shortly after his first birthday, a broken leg led to a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy for David. His parent’s, Danny and Gayle, lovingly accepted this life-long challenge and promised to give their son everything he needed to live a fulfilled life. They quickly realized that David possessed determination, willpower, drive, and a passion for succeeding at fulfilling not only his life goals but his dreams. After high school, David went on to receive his bachelor of science in business from Emporia State University. He began his computer programming career in Kansas City, Kansas and eventually moved to Fort Worth, Texas. After an online meeting, David moved to Austin to be with the love of his life, Terri. Terri’s involvement with Actual Lives, a theater troupe focused on everyday life issues for people with disabilities, introduced David to Gene, and The Gene and Dave Show was born.
The Gene and Dave Show is a glimpse into the lives and lifestyles of people with disabilities. The show airs on the public access station in Austin and on an internet site with the same name. At the time, David didn’t quite know what he was agreeing to, but he agreed with Gene’s vision that all aspects of the show must be made accessible to everyone. Together they learned about closed captioning and website accessibility. This quest for digital accessibility ignited a new passion for David, and he changed careers from software engineer to accessibility quality assurance.
David recently began his new career as an Accessibility Specialist in the Civil Rights department of the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission. In this role, he produces accessibility training videos, teaches accessibility classes, and helps verify the accessibility of Texas’ digital correspondence. David lives with Terri and their son, Denver, in Leander, Texas.
Classes given by David during AccessU: