Joseph Karr O’Connor lives in Santa Monica, California. When Section 508 came into effect in 1999 he began leading Accessible UX teams creating accessible web environments, first at Pasadena City College and then at California State University, Northridge.
Joe has been using WordPress in support of non-profits, research, and university news since 2005. Now leading Cities, a world-wide effort to build free accessible WordPress themes, Joe also contributes to Make WordPress Accessible and asks you to get involved.
Joe is working with all the amazing startups here in Santa Monica, also known as Silicon Beach. In 2012 he organized the Los Angeles Accessibility and Inclusive Design Group. The group hosted an event here in Santa Monica on May 9, 2013 for Global Accessibility Awareness Day with Joe’s good friend Molly Holschlag as the main speaker, and will again be hosting Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 15, 2014.