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Nicolas Steenhout

Nicolas Steenhout
Principal, Part of a Whole

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Nicolas Steenhout is a veteran of, and passionate advocate for, web accessibility. Nic had taken the lead in building several websites prior to taking up a federally-funded position in the disability sector in the US in 1996. An international speaker, trainer and consultant, Nic works with government, corporations, and small teams, in the areas of both web and physical accessibility. Working with and for thousands of people with disabilities in North America and Australasia, while working with web technologies and their impact, has given Nic a unique insight into the challenges, solutions, nuts and bolts of web accessibility.


Nicolas Steenhout (Part of a Whole)
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Did you hear about the double arm amputee who was refused service at a bank because he could not provide a thumbprint? Or the online petition to increase services for blind folks, that they couldn’t sign because of CAPTCHA? These are examples of security practices that cause barriers to people with disabilities. Security can create barriers, but it doesn’t have to reduce accessibility! Read more.