Susan Hewitt taught herself HTML while writing her Plan II senior thesis at the University of Texas at Austin. When she learned that making websites was a real job, she put her plans for an English Ph.D. on hold. She worked in the private sector building websites for a variety of businesses including IT infrastructure networks, news sites, and peer-to-peer music sharing companies before landing back at UT.
At UT she was fortunate enough to be introduced to accessibility over cookies and lemonade in John Slatin’s office. Since then, she has been in accessibility roles at state agencies such as the Comptroller of Public Accounts, Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, and the Texas Department of State Health Services. She is currently a Senior Accessibility Consultant at Deque.
She has served on the certification committee of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, participated in the W3C’s Education and Outreach workgroup, and presented at many conferences including AccessU, CSUN, and SXSW. After 20 years of web work that English Ph.D. seems highly unlikely.
Class given by Susan during AccessU: