Shawn Lawton Henry

[Photo] Shawn Lawton Henry

Shawn Lawton Henry leads the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) worldwide education and outreach activities promoting web accessibility for people with disabilities. She develops online resources to help web developers understand and implement web accessibility guidelines, and provides presentations and training on accessible web design and development with the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Shawn has presented and published papers on accessibility and usability for Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), USability Professionals' Association (UPA), Web Design World, and many other conferences around the world ( Her publications also include the Everyone Interfaces chapter in User Interfaces for All (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000), Accessibility in the User-Centered Design Process (Georgia Tech Research Corporation, 2004), and other online resources (

Prior to joining the W3C WAI, Shawn consulted with international standards bodies, research centers, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, education providers, and Fortune 500 companies to develop and implement strategies to optimize design for usability and accessibility ( She developed to share information on universal user interface design and usable accessibility. Although Shawn holds a research appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of TEchnology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and has a Massachusetts phone number, she actually lives in Madison, Wisconsin. When not typing on her small laptop, she can often be found paddling her long sea kayak.

Books from Shawn

[Book Cover] Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance
Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance (Author)
From Friends of Ed, released July 24th, 2006
The power of the Web lies in the fact that anyone and everyone can access it, and this should also extend to users with disabilities. Accessibility is about making websites accessible to those with aural, visual, or physical disabilities, or rather, constructing...