Christine Scherer (she/her) is the Senior Content Specialist at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies Distance Learning Department. Over the last four years, she has spearheaded the department’s accessibility standards, taking the department from zero web accessibility considerations to a WCAG 2.0-compliant process that builds in accessibility from day one. She has developed and facilitated training for faculty and staff, consults on accessibility topics and issues during course development, and reviews all course sites for compliance with accessibility standards before launch. She partners with the university Disability Support Services office, AccessibleNU, to provide as-needed web accessibility consultations and serves on multiple university-wide accessibility councils and committees.
She has an MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse and a BA in Political Science from DePaul University, proving that the path to web accessibility isn’t always a direct one. Outside of work, she enjoys board games, sewing, and volunteering with her local farmers market.