Throughout my day, I wear quite a few hats. Professionally speaking I'm a developer. A coder, programmer, webdev, super awesome rockstar ninja guru extreme. I also dabble in sarcasm.
I have worked, and will work, on a variety of different projects in different spaces, including web app backends, mobile applications and the occasional project using JS frameworks like React and Vue. I have also worked as a lead coder for a text-based game for just over a year, something that allowed me to dip my toes into game development.
Alongside, and tangentially related to, my development work, I am an accessibility consultant.
“Accessibility is vast, varied, ever-changing, and eternal. Working on it is like > fighting a many-headed monster, which, each time a neck is severed, sprouts a > head even fiercer and cleverer than before. You are fighting that which is unfixed, mutating, indestructible.” – Not Quite Severus Snape
Witty references aside, accessibility is indeed a huge topic, and it's a commonly misunderstood topic. The topic is undervalued and underrated like the security of yesteryear, and as a developer dependent on accessibility to do my job, I have a strong vested interest in making sure it's being taken into account.
Over the years I've found that roughly speaking there's two possibilities when an app or service is inaccessible. – A company doesn't feel they need to make their service accessible. – A company would love to be more accessible but just doesn't know how to get there, or thinks it'll take a monumental effort. I can't help you if you're in the first category, apart from telling you you are committing premeditated discrimination against a huge amount of people and it's not cool in 2023, nor was it ever. Please rethink your position. If you're in the second category, let's talk! I'd love to help.
When I'm not coding or consulting, I'm doing a bunch of other things. That's it. That's the section.
Ok ok, fine. I work on a variety of pursuits outside of my corporate responsibilities, some of which will feature heavily in the blog portion of this website. Mostly, I am learning things. It is rare to encounter a day where I haven't worked on the four spoken languages I'm currently trying to learn. Recently, I've also been hard at work leveling up on cybersecurity. Other pursuits like audio engineering, music making, public speaking etc. belong on this list as well, as well as a healthy sense for when it's time to stop talking. ;) Writeups and accessibility workarounds for all these things will feature on the blog ..... as soon as I get a moment to actually write them down. A more recent development is that I have been streaming both Gameplay and accessible digital pursuits on Twitch, over at The Zersiax Twitch Channel. Questions or comments? Toss them at me through the Contact section. I'm on most of the networks, pick your poison! :)