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Expert Available: Web Site Accessibility

October 30, 2002

Bill Gribbons, associate professor of Information Design at Bentley College, is available to speak as an expert on web site accessibility, particularly in light of recent rulings regarding the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Regulation 508 on the Internet and e-commerce. He can speak on the impact of recent rulings, what is involved in making a web site accessible and "best practices" in web site usability and design.

For the past 15 years, Gribbons has developed and led Bentley's Information Design program, one of the oldest, largest and most respected in the country. Gribbons himself is considered an authority in the field, and has helped numerous Fortune 500 companies improve the usability of their technology products through user-centered design. He's a frequent presenter at local and national conferences, addressing issues of information design, human factors and product usability.

"We try to impress upon both clients and students that good information and system design begins by considering user's goals, and then designing a system that satisfies those needs in the simplest possible fashion," Gribbons says.

Bill Gribbons is founder of Bentley's Design and Usability Testing Center which allows corporate clients to test system designs and gain user feedback on web sites, software or other IT products. It is also the only non-profit design and usability testing center on a college campus. He is president of W.M Gribbons Consulting, a leading usability and design group and has helped numerous Fortune 500 companies improve the usability of their technology products through user-centered design.

For more information on the MS in Human Factors in Information Design, visit: http://graduate.bentley.edu/ms/hfid

For more information on Bentley's Design and Usability Testing Center visit: http://ecampus.bentley.edu/org/dutc/.

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