Associates

Alan Cantor, President

I am an assistive technologist, researcher, writer and educator with expertise in making workplaces, schools and services fully accessible to people with disabilities. My main activities: accommodation and return to work planning; assistive technology assessments; macro scripting; and speech recognition training and customization.

I was an invited expert with the W3C User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (UAWG). For nine years, I was Chair of the RESNA Special Interest Group (SIG) Committee. In the past, I have served both as Chair and Co-Chair of the RESNA Consumer Access, Priorities, and Benefits Over the Lifespan (formerly known as SIG 20: Consumer Perspectives of Assistive Technology), as a member the W3C Education Outreach Working Group, and as a member of the East York Committee on Inclusion and Access.

My educational background: I have a B.A. (Psychology), a B.Ed. (Science, Visual Arts, Guidance), and an M.A. (Measurement, Evaluation, and Computer Applications).

I have worked full-time in the assistive technology field since 1995. Over the years, I have helped more than 85 organizations in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia.

Although I mostly work solo, on certain projects, I collaborate with talented individuals, including:


Sandy Feldman

Sandy Feldman of sandyfeldman.com is an award-winning web developer, graphic designer, and illustrator with a keen interest in accessibility and usability.

Sandy and Alan have collaborated on web remediation projects since 2004. Sites that they have redesigned include Balance for Blind Adults, Toronto Trailblazers, and Cantor Access Inc.

In addition, Sandy and Alan have conducted usability studies of web sites with blind and low-vision users.


Daniel Hilton Chalfen

Daniel Hilton Chalfen, Ph.D., is a pioneer of adaptive computing services in higher education, beginning with the UCLA model program he established in 1984. He advised and nurtured AT programs at colleges and universities throughout the United States and internationally, including as Chair of EDUCOM's project EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information).

Alan and Danny have been "sounding boards" for each other's assistive technology ideas since the mid-1990s.


Melissa Monty

Melissa Monty, Ph.D., has been a senior human factors engineer and researcher in corporate settings for over 20 years. She has developed user interfaces for Honeywell, Xerox, and Hewlett-Packard. She has also extensive experience in evaluating the accessibility of electronic and information technologies.

Melissa, Alan, and Dena have worked together on accessibility projects since 1998.


Barbara Roberts

Barbara Roberts, Ph.D., is an Occupational Therapist with almost three decades of experience. Barbara has expertise in vocational rehabilitation, adult mental health, and pediatrics as well as accommodation issues in education. For many years she was the Disability Services Advisor at Queen's University, and ran a mediation service for students and institutions with accommodation questions. She was the Human Rights Officer at the University of New Brunswick, and currently serves as the Executive Director, WorkLife Office and Senior Adviser to the Provost, Michigan State University.

Barbara has been a Board member of provincial and national organizations, working on issues of human rights implementation in education. Her Ph.D. dissertation explored policies related to students with disabilities in professional education programs.

Since the mid-1990s, Alan and Barbara have combined their expertise to implement complex accommodations for university employees and students with disabilities.


Dena Shumila Wainwright

Dena is an authority on assistive technologies, user interface design, and software evaluation pertaining to people with visual impairments. She holds a Masters of Rehabilitation Psychology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dena has worked for the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre at the University of Toronto, Sun Microsystems, Burson-Marsteller, SAP Labs, and is currently Vice President/Enterprise Digital Accessibility Program Manager for Wells Fargo Bank.

Since 1996, Dena and Alan have conducted accessibility studies of hardware, software, and web sites, delivered technical and non-technical courses on accessibility, and advised organizations about universal design and accessibility standards. Their clients include Hewlett-Packard, Sympatico, and the Government of Ontario. They have presented together in Canada, the USA, Spain, and Singapore.