Judy Brewer directs the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Her work includes coordinating development of standards and guidelines for accessibility of the Web, including mobile, digital publishing, and other technologies that are converging on the Web; improvement of resources for evaluation of Web sites; development of education and outreach resources; exploration of research which may impact future Web accessibility; and promoting harmonization of web accessibility standards internationally. WAI standards and guidelines have been taken up by many organizations and governments around the world to help ensure equal access to the Information Society for people with disabilities.
Brewer is a principal research scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Prior to joining W3C, she worked on initiatives to increase access to assistive technology and mainstream information and communications technology. She has a background in management, technical writing, education, applied linguistics, disability advocacy, and biotechnology. Recent awards include the Newell Perry Award from the US National Federation of the Blind in 2014; the Migel Medal from the American Foundation for the Blind in 2015; and the ACM SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility in 2018.