Katie Haritos-Shea

Katie Haritos-Shea is a Principal ICT Accessibility Architect, specializing in the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2+), Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA), Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Quality Assurance, FinServ/FinTech, and Privacy. She is responsible for providing executive vision, implementation, and guidance for Accessibility initiatives in all sectors.

Katie currently works for Deque Systems, an Accessibility product and services company, headquartered in the US in the Washington DC area. Prior to Deque Katie was with JP Morgan Chase (JPMC) where she was responsible for planning, training, and executing a firm-wide strategy for QA teams to verify accessibility in the Web and mobile channels. She established an initiative that included; QA testing methodologies, scripts and systems development for improving UI coding frameworks (HTML, CSS, JS, jQuery, ARIA).

As one of the first Section 508 Coordinators for the US Federal Government she then ran Section 508 programs for many agencies for 10+ years, before moving into the private sector working first for an Accessibility/Security/Privacy compliance tool vendor, followed by financial services work and then on to Deque. As always. Katie continues her work with International standards organizations, especially with the W3C.

She is a SME in US Section 508 and international IT/ICT accessibility standards. Katie has been actively involved in W3C technical standards working groups (WCAG, Web Payments, Privacy, APA, Web Platform, etc.) as an Invited Expert since 2000. She was appointed Chair of the Web Accessibility Interest Group (WAI IG) by Tim Berners Lee in 2015. She is on the Board of Directors for Knowbility, an Accessibility non-profit, and is on the W3C’s Advisory Committee as their representative.

Katie works out of her home in Oakton, Virginia.

Email: ryladog@gmail.com or Katie.Haritos-Shea@Deque.com

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