Jonathan Nadeau is the Executive Director of the Accessible Computing Foundation, and Vice President of IAVIT. He is a blind GNU/Linux user and a advocate of Free software and accessibility. He wasn’t born blind, but he lost his sight through a car accident that he was in at the age of 14. he is married to the greatest wife in the world and has 4 awesome children.
he was introduced to proprietary accessible software running on proprietary operating systems after his car accident. At the time, he didn’t know any better and thought this was good for people who needed assistive technology. At least, he did until he started running GNU/Linux full time around 2007 and haven’t looked back. Since then, he has seen the great need for accessible Free software, so now he advocate’s for its advancement. he also is the host of 4 podcasts located at Additionally, he is one of the coordinators of the His goal is to bring awareness of Free software to people who depend on assistive technology and show them the benefits of Free software. Through the efforts of the Accessible Computing Foundation, He hopes that someday we who depend on Accessible Software will be able to access technology with 100% Free software.
Bill Cox is a career programmer and entrepreneur who worked at
successful Silicon Valley startups before founding ViASIC, a software
company in North Carolina that is now part of Triad Semiconductor.
When diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease in 2007, rather than leave
accessibility in the hands of others, Bill chose to help develop the
software tools he’d need to remain a productive programmer for life.
As tech lead for Vinux 3.0, which is a flavor of Ubuntu Linux
optimized for blind and low-vision users, Bill helped stitch together
free software pieces of the puzzle needed to remain productive at
work. Since then, Bill developed free software for speeding up speech
to very high speeds, and is currently working on portable speech
back-ends for use with popular screen readers and speech synthesizers
(NVDA, SpeechHub, Mary TTS).
Sina Bahram is a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University researching Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Sina’s primary interest is the dynamic translation of interfaces, with an emphasis on innovative environments being used by persons with visual impairment (PWVI) to facilitate learning, independence, and exploration.