I wanted to take this opportunity to share some news with you all. On March 10th my 10+ year tenure at Blackboard will be coming to an end. I will be moving on from the wonderfully talented team here to take on even bigger accessibility challenges with the Amazon Kindle team out in Seattle.
I wanted to personally thank each and everyone of you for making our Blackboard Accessibility community so great. I've learned something from everyone here and have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge and insight with all of you.
Not to worry, Blackboard's accessibility journey will continue in full force. My position will be filled. In the mean time, there is a very strong team already in place throughout the Blackboard organization who will continue to work with the community to ensure Blackboard is heading in the right direction. I'd like to introduce you to the key players:
Nicolaas Matthijs is the Product Manager for the new Blackboard Ally product and will be an influential voice in Product Management for all things accessible
Scott Ready is the Director of Customer Relations in our Enterprise Consulting team and has been working to roll out some high level eLearning Planning services around accessibility. He is also a key thought leader and collaborator of mine on the strategy Blackboard has developed around accessibility over the years.
Christopher Aldin is the Product Marketing Manager focused on accessibility initiatives across all Blackboard products. He will be a key player in continuing to engage the community at events like BbWorld and CSUN going forward.
Heidi Jungel is an Accessibility Engineer working on my team in the Products Organization. A deaf-blind engineer, she is 100% focused on setting and driving forward technical requirements around accessibility in all Blackboard's products.
There are several others working in our PR and Communications teams, Marketing teams, and Sales and Client Support teams with a solid understanding of the needs of individuals with diverse abilities.
Please continue to use the community as a source of feedback and discussion, both with the Blackboard team, and more importantly, with each other. I hope our paths cross again some day. Best of luck with all you do!