Ather Sharif is a web accessibility rock star - Philly


Jun. 17, 2015 1:16 pm

Ather Sharif is a web accessibility rock star

How? Let us count the ways.

Ather Sharif with his Web for All Conference award.

(Courtesy photo)

Ather Sharif is making waves in the assistive technology community.

The developer and St. Joseph’s grad student has been racking up awards and scholarships and is now headed to Google to share his latest project with the accessibility team there. Sharif’s passion for web accessibility is personal: he’s been a quadriplegic since a 2013 car accident.

Here’s a quick rundown of Sharif’s recent accomplishments:

  • Last month, he won the audience choice award at the annual Web for All Conference, an international conference for web accessibility, held in Florence, Italy this year. His winning project was a jQuery plugin that helps the visually impaired read graphs the way sighted people do.
  • He got involved with the conference after being one of two to win the IBM People with Disabilities Student Award.
  • He’s a Google Lime Scholar, a program geared toward computer science students with disabilities. That’s why he’s leaving today to visit Google HQ.

Aside from his research, he also founded web accessibility consultancy EvoXLabs.

Watch a video about Sharif’s winning project below, and see his presentation here.

Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes became's associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

  • andreaci

    Ather is very creative and this would be a huge win for the business community as a whole. As a data geek – this would remove barriers in describing graphical outputs. Much needed.


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