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Title: Accessibility in the real world, experiences from building a more accessible Yahoo! Network.

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Yahoo! is one of the leading content providers on the Internet. In his current position Victor Tsaran oversees company wide local and global accessibility activities (accessibility lab, policies, guidelines and research projects). In addition to his internal responsibilities, Victor does a lot of evangelizing outside of the company participates in various public events that promote accessibility around the world. Prior to this job, Victor worked as Accessibility Programmer at BART Group, McLean, Virginia on various consulting contracts ranging from Section 508 testing for federal agencies (USPTO, VA, EOP etc) to adapting proprietary software for businesses (AOL, T-mobile, Freedom Scientific etc).

Between 2000 and 2002, after having received Bachelors degree in computer science from Temple University, Philadelphia, Victor traveled extensively in South East Asia teaching computers to the visually impaired users of different ages in countries, such as Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia. This work was carried out for ON-NET, Overbrook Nippon Network on Educational Technology. Victor also taught courses on assistive technology in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Since 1998 Victor serves as a web master for ICEVI (International Council for Education of Visually Impaired). In 1996 Victor co-established one of the first computer centers for visually impaired in Ukraine. In addition to his job responsibilities, Victor has great passion for jazz guitar and participates in various open source projects, the most famous of which is JSonar, www.jsonar.org, the software which enables visually impaired musicians around the world to use Cakewalk Sonar, the world’s leading music recording application.

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