Cynthia D. Waddell
Cynthia D. Waddell is Executive Director and Law, Policy and Technology Subject Matter Expert for the International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI), an internationally recognized public policy center based in the United States working for the equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities.
She is the author of the first accessible web design standard in the United States in 1995 that led to recognition as a best practice by the federal government and contributed to the eventual passage of legislation for Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards (Section 508). She also served as the Accessibility Expert (Built Environment and Accessible ICT) for the UN Ad Hoc Committee drafting the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
A frequent keynote speaker and writer, Cynthia Waddell is the co-author of the books, Constructing Accessible Web Sites and Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance. Named to the “Top 25 women on the Web” by Webgirls International in 1998, she received the first U.S. Government Technology Magazine award in 2004 for “Leadership in Accessibility Technology and for Pioneering Advocacy and Education.” She holds a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law where she was designated a Public Interest Disability Rights Scholar.