The Perkins Access Team consists of experts specializing in assistive technology, information technology and user experience, with many individuals holding more than 20 years of experience.
Marla Runyan, Director of Digital Accessibility
Marla joined Perkins in 2013. Marla is highly regarded for her knowledge and application of WCAG 2.0 success criteria, the Section 508 refresh standards for web accessibility. Marla currently serves as an Invited Expert on the W3C Low Vision Task Force and contributes towards the new success criteria of WCAG 2.1. She is an experienced user of low vision assistive technology on Mac, iOS and Windows platforms, including Zoom, VoiceOver, NVDA, JAWS, and ZoomText. In addition, Marla has extensive knowledge of iOS accessibility features. She is a licensed Teacher of the Visually Impaired and a licensed Teacher of the Deaf with more than 20 years of experience. A former world-class athlete, Marla was the first legally blind U.S. Olympian in track and field. She competed at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. In 2001, she received the Helen Keller Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind. Marla is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC).
Christopher Loiselle, Accessibility Consultant / Team Lead
Christopher joined Perkins in 2017. He has expertise in digital accessibility, with in-depth knowledge of Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards and guidelines. Chris currently serves as an Invited Expert on the W3C Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and the Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Task Force. He received his Masters Degree from Boston University’s School of Education, with a concentration in Educational Media and Technology. He also holds a certificate of Instructional Technology from Boston University. His undergrad work was completed at Merrimack College, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration. Chris has a Section 508 Trusted Tester certification issued by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Accessible Systems & Technology.
Akira Fujita, Accessibility Consultant
Akira joined Perkins in 2016. His previous work with Apple and assistive technology spanned over a decade. As a Creative trainer at Apple, he connected with the community hosting workshops, training users and creating awareness of the accessibility features within Macintosh and iOS systems. Akira exercises expert level fluency of assistive technology, including screen readers, braille displays, switch controls, screen magnification, keyboard navigation and Video Relay Services. Due to his understanding of user experience and his wide range of assistive technology competencies, Akira was known as the go-to Apple Accessibility Champion throughout the region. Akira is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC).
Taylor Anne Snook, Accessibility Consultant
JoAnn Becker, Assistive Technology Support, Training and Testing Specialist
JoAnn joined Perkins in 2011. JoAnn has trained hundreds of individuals, students, teachers of the visually impaired (TVIs) and adults on using note takers, screen reading software, computer technology, low vision technology, iPhones and iPads. JoAnn is a certified teacher of JAWS, Window Eyes and Zoom Text. Being blind herself, JoAnn knows full well the resources and solutions available to meet the unique needs of individuals with visual impairment. She has over 20 years of experience in the fields of assistive technology and devices for individuals with low vision and blindness. JoAnn has worked nationally and internationally for industry-leading technology companies, including Kurzweil, HumanWare and Optelec. JoAnn is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC).
Lisa Chiango, Assistive Technology Support, Training and Testing Specialist
Lisa joined Perkins in 2013. She has worked extensively with the Deafblind Contact Center and Deafblind Interpreter Allies in establishing the Deafblind Community Access Network (DBCAN). For two years, Lisa was a specialist for Apple, working directly with consumers in one-on-one demonstrations; training on a full range of iOS devices, accessories and software; troubleshooting and accessibility training. Lisa received an A.D. in Applied Computer Technology from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology, a B.S. in Computer Science from Gallaudet University and a Master of Visual Media Arts from Emerson College. Lisa is fluent in American Sign Language and Tactile Sign Language. Lisa, who is deafblind, has been working with deafblind individuals for the past 20 years.
Tim Cumings, Assistive Technology Support, Training and Testing Specialist
Tim joined Perkins in 2014. He is certified in HTML by the HTML Writers Guild, with particular emphasis on accessible web page design. He has been providing technology training and support services for over 20 years. He is an expert user of a complete range of hardware and software solutions, including Microsoft Office, Goldwave, Audacity, Reaper, JAWS, WindowEyes, NVDA, refreshable Braille displays, iOS operating systems and Windows. Tim is the former president of the Visually Impaired Blind Users Group and is a member of the Webmaster Association of Blind Citizens.