Speaking at WordCamp MSP 2016

About Me

Hello, and welcome to the informal portion of my website!

You may have come here because you were looking for web site accessibility information or for WordPress plug-ins. In either case, you’re probably in the right place.

I’ve been doing web development and consulting with a focus on accessibility since 2004, when I founded my business. As with everything, the focus of my work has drifted back and forth over the years – but accessibility has remained a constant element.

I used to primarily do web design, building new custom web sites for small businesses and non-profits. Currently, that’s a relatively uncommon part of my business. In web development I prefer to stay out of the design process, and develop custom applications that will be used as a portion of a larger accessible application.

WordPress Plugins & Accessibility

Starting in 2008, I began to develop WordPress plug-ins. This rose out of a need for software that could serve key web site needs in a manner that was accessible for users (both on the admin and public side) who had disabilities. The chore of identifying a plug-in that did a task, assessing the accessibility of that plug-in, and trusting that it would remain accessible was surprisingly large – so writing my own seemed to be the most efficient task.

While I never published some of these plug-ins, many of them are now publically available. As they’re usage grew, I found the maintenance of plug-ins had become an overwhelming part of my daily work. I had to make a choice: either I needed to earn income from plug-ins, or I needed to abandon them.

I made the choice to develop premium add-ons for my plug-ins, which is why a significant part of this web site is dedicated to selling those. I’m not getting rich that way, but it has made it manageable for me to continue to work on my plug-ins.

Work isn’t the only thing I do.

This may be a shock, but I don’t work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to everything you see publically, I’m a classically trained violinist, playing with (and on the board of) the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra. I also practice Shotokan Karate, English Country Dancing, and Scottish Country Dancing.