Dr. Vanderheiden is the Director of the Trace R&D Center and a Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. He has been active in the field of technology and disability for 50 years and was a pioneer in the field of Augmentative Communication (a term originating from his writings), assistive technology and computer access. Access features developed by Dr. Vanderheiden and the Trace Center team can be found in every computer and mobile device internationally (Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS and Android) the Library of Congress talking book player, ATM, voting machines and kiosks across the country and more. He created the first Web Accessibility guidelines in 1995 and co-chaired the Working Group for WCAG 1 and 2. He is a past President and Fellow of RESNA, Founding Fellow of American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and Fellow in the Human Factors and Ergonomics society.