SC Web Testers

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Leslie Brown

Leslie at a training

Leslie Brown, totally blind since birth, lives in Sanford, North Carolina, and uses JAWS as her primary assistive technology. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate. She and her niece are pursuing their shared dream of becoming published authors. Her interests involve helping others and improving her skills as a writer. She enjoys writing, learning how to use various forms of assistive technology, and educating the public about how people with disabilities interact with the world.

Read a GoUpstate article about Leslie and her assistive technology.

David W Bundy

David at an Expo exhibit

David Bundy an Assistive Technology Consultant With The SC Commission for the  Blind, where he has been employed since 2001.  To access web pages, he use JAWS for Windows, Talks, and about any other speech or braille output AT on the market, to one degree or another.

Robbie Clemons

Robbie Clemons

Robbie Clemons lives in Florence and has a degree in Computer Science from Francis Marion University. He enjoys working on software projects and spending time with friends and family. He has an incomplete spinal cord injury with limited use of his arms.  He uses sticky keys and a touch pad to help him access a computer.

Steve Cook

David Bundy with Steve Cook

Steve Cook has been an Assistive Technology Consultant with the SC Commission for the Blind for eight years, working with various types of assistive technology. He uses JAWS for Windows to access information on his computer.  In 2009 and 2010 he chaired a committee to bring together the Disability Coordinators from around the state from Tech Schools, Colleges and Universities for an Assistive Technology Expo at the SC Commission for the Blind. He is also a Web Tester, and through the SC Assistive Technology Advisory Committee, reviews websites for accessibility with varying types of assistive technology. He is the President of the Computer Science and Technology Division, part of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina.  He is married and he and his wife both have guide dogs and 2 Dachshunds as pets. 

Beth Debus

Beth Debus

Beth has been visually impaired her whole life. As a result, she primarily uses JAWS, along with windows magnifier. She's attending Ohio State University in the MA/PhD Speech Language Pathology program. Her interests include politics, news, good speeches, and, most importantly, spending time with family and friends.

Jim Debus

Jim with his wife Beth

Jim, 28, is a senior at Clemson studying Therapeutic Recreation. He is a member of the service-oriented Chi Delta Fraternity. He is also a member of Clemson Foothills Church and is learning Judo this semester. He has been playing Goalball for 15 years now, and is aspiring to be on the 2012 London Paralympic Team. He and his wife Mary Beth live in Columbus, Ohio where he will be completing his Clemson curricula by fulfilling a 480 hour internship in the spring that is related to adaptive sports. 

Brian Denny

Brian Denny with his wife Jessica

Brian Denny has no use of his arms. He was inujured in a work accident. He spent five months post injury at Shepard Center in Atlanta, where he helped the assistive technology department trouble shoot devices they have developed. He enjoys playing with his kids and connecting with people through email and facebook.

Dennis Farro

Dennis with Wendy Mullin and Janet Jendron

Dennis Farro uses JAWS and a Powerbraille 40 braille display. He is a recent graduate of Columbia International University with a Masters in Divinity. He is seeking employment in the field of clinical counseling. He is originally from New York, where all of his family resides. Among his many and varied interests are traveling, public speaking, reading and working out.

Kristi Flynn

Kristi Flynn

Kristi Flynn is a small business owner who lives in Georgia and also works with Augusta Virtual Assistants (AVA). She uses Windows DPI screen resolution to access electronic information. She has an associates degree in human services and a certificate in e-marketing from Aiken Technical College.  Her interests include blogging, concerts, television and traveling.

Kristi is very grateful for her experience with the program:

"I have taken the skills I learned as a web tester and used them to start my own Internet marketing business! I now can tell clients I have been trained and have experience in making websites accessible and friendly to those with special needs."

Kristi Flynn's site: KFLY Internet Marketing

Dana Freudenberger

Dana Freudenberger and his wife

Dana Freudenberger is a web developer for Clemson University. He was recently married to his wonderful wife Melissa, and they are making their home in Clemson, South Carolina. Dana enjoys good coffee, gaming, and pretending that he can play disc golf.

Sam Hahn

Sam Hahn and Janet Jendron

Sam Hahn is a web designer for the SC Department of Natural Resources and a member of the SC Assistive Technology Advisory Committee, as well as its Web Accessibility Committee. A former member of SCATP, Sam has been active in planning web conferences and events for a number of years.

Dow Hammond

Dow Hammond at work

"Dow Hammond graduated from USC and now works with the USC Office of Student Disability Services. With his love of technology and his own experience of living with a disability, he enjoys helping out in the OSDS Assistive Technology lab and being in charge of their website. Away from work, Dow's always up for road trips, playing and watching sports, family events, and relaxation!"

Denise James

Denise and Wil James
with their dogs Max and Titan.

Denise James is from Augusta, GA. After 20 years with Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services in Augusta Georgia, she retired to pursue a career in writing as well as leadership and public speaking through Toastmasters. She uses ZoomText 9.1 and 10 beta, MAGic 12, NVDA, and Windows 8 Magnifier. She and Wil have been married for almost ten years and have two furry four-legged service dog children, Max and Titan.

William James 

Wil and Denise with their dogs
Max and Titan

William (Wil) James was a technical support consultant for an adaptive software company. He uses JAWS and Window Eyes. He and Denise are married and live in Augusta, GA with their service dogs, Max and Titan.

Clay Jeffcoat

Jon Brundage with Clay Jeffcoat

Clay serves as the Access Technology Specialist in the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind's Outreach Vision Program. He provides consultation and direct instruction to students and teachers in public schools and agencies statewide. He also consults with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind Braille Production Center located at Leath Correctional Facility in Greenwood, where he provides training and technical assistance with the sophisticated equipment used to produce Braille. He has taught Access Technology for Teachers of the Visually Impaired for the University of South Carolina Upstate. Clay is a graduate of USC with a BS in Computer Science and an MBA. He is a member of the Computer Science and Technology Committee of the National Federation of the Blind of SC, and also serves as vice chair of the Talking Book Services Advisory Council for the South Carolina State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
In his spare time, Mr. Jeffcoat enjoys antique radio restoration and spending time with his family.

David Jones

David Jones, Dragon user

David Jones lives in Hilton Head and is self-employed. Due to paralysis, he uses Dragon Dictate, a voice activated program. He has five siblings and an eleven year old son. He enjoys sports, meditation and meeting people, and appreciates his very supportive mother and surrounding community.

John Knope

John Knope at the AT Expo

John Knope works for Goodwill in Greenville training clients of the SC Commission for the Blind to use JAWS and ZoomText. He is blind and has a hearing impairment. He and his wife Crystal live in Greenville. He enjoys conversation, playing the guitar, and working with computers.

Will McCain

Will McCain

Will McCain is currently a Program Assistant at the SC Assistive Technology Program keeping the website up-to-date. Originally from Denmark, SC, he lived in Charleston for a short time before moving to Columbia. He is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer, with a stint in Senegal. He is constantly expanding his skills as a Web Developer, hoping one day to have his own company.

Stefanie Magura

Stefanie Magura

Stefanie Magura has been totally blind since birth. She currently lives in Asheville, but was raised in Rock Hill, SC, and recently graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in business.
She’s used JAWS since high school, but is now learning to use NVDA.  In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, walking, reading, and snow skiing.

Wendy Mullin

Wendy with Janet Jendron

Web Developer, USC
Columbia SC

Cindy Popenhagen

Ciny Popenhagen

Cindy uses Zoomtext magnifier/screen reader. She has been legally blind since birth. She works for the Client Assistance Program in the Governor's Office as an Administrative Assistant/Advocate. She has her Associates in Science/Office Systems Technology from Midlands Technical College. She recently earned her Bachelor's in Business Administration/Computer Software Application at Limestone College. She is married and a proud mother of a six year old son who keeps her quite busy.

Kelly Prescott

Kelly Prescott

Kelly Prescott is a Unix systems/network administrator who uses JAWS screen reading software and a Braille display on his Windows 7 computer. In his spare time he pursues his amateur radio hobby, plays goal ball, sings karaoke, reads, cooks and hangs out with friends.

Josh Rose

Clay Jeffcoat with Josh

Josh Rose is the owner of Owner of Elephant Room Media, LLC. After getting a BA in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina, he started his business that designs web pages and makes commercials, event videos, and promotional videos for businesses and non-profits (including United Way of the Midlands, Palmetto Health Foundation, City Year, The SC Spinal Cord Injury Association, and the South Carolina Interagency Office for Disability and Health).

Amanda Rush

Amanda Rush

Amanda Rush is the owner of customer Servant Consultancy, a business that focuses on building a more accessible web using WordPress and teaching others how to use WordPres accessibly. She contributes to the WordPress CMS as part of its accessibility team. When she's not working, she's reading a lot and attending tech conferences to improve her skils.

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith, JAWS user

Jessica Smith is originally from Dillon, SC. After graduating from undergraduate school in Florence, she move to Virginia, where she works as an accountant for the Department of the Army.  She has been blind since the age of 16 and has been using JAWS and Open Book for over 10 years. She loves shopping and reading, and frequently visits friends and family in the Carolinas.

J. Laura Skelton

Laura Skelton.

J. Laura Skelton of Sumter, South Carolina, is the daughter of a mother/daughter rental property business team. Her Assistive Technology consist of JAWS a screen reader and Zoomtext a screen magnifier. Laura enjoys expanding her horizons in computers, herb gardening, and preserving family history. She is an active member of The National Federation of the Blind Sumter Chapter.

Grace Strother

Grace Strother.

Grace Strother is a proposal writer at Blackbaud, a software company serving the nonprofit sector. She's passionate about fine tea, retired racing greyhounds, books, and travel. Grace is legally blind and uses the ZoomText screen reader/magnifier.

Brian Woznicki

Brian Woznicki.

Brian J. Woznicki has had cerebral palsy since birth. His first passion is scouting. As an  Eagle Scout, he’s served on the staff of two jamborees in Ireland and in various adult leadership roles. Brian graduated from Eastern University, St. David’s, Pennsylvania, has a certificate in computer programming and a Master’s of Science in Organizational Management from the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a spinal cord injury as a result of spasticity in his neck. For over ten years, he’s worked for different corporations and he’s currently an adapted technology research specialist at Inglis where he maintains an adapted technology database and is experienced in several adapted input methods, including Tobii EyeGaze.

Allison Yeager

Allison Yeager with her dog Forge.

Allison Yeager is originally from Columbia, SC. She now lives in Charleston and work for at Blackbaud, a computer software company that makes software products for non-profits. She works with the Knowledgebase and other online resources. Allison says, "I enjoy doing things with my wonderful Siberian Husky. He’s recently completed an agility class." Allison also enjoys learning new things and traveling.

More Pictures

Dennis Farro and Duncan

Beth Debus, David Bundy, Leslie Brown, Laura Skelton, and Bryan Smart at a Web Testers training.

John Knope and Cindy Popenhagen at a training.

Grace Strother and her husband Jon.

David Bundy and Steve Cook at a training.

Laura Skelton and Kristi Flynn at a training.

Clay Jeffcoat, Janet Jendron, Marty McKenzie, and Lee Speer at the AT Expo.

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