Onix, creator of the revolutionary, proprietary Equidox PDF conversion software for document accessibility, has further strengthened its position in digital accessibility by bringing onboard accessibility expert Ryan Pugh, formerly of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB).
Pugh, a professional member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, joins the leading cloud solutions provider to serve as Director of Accessibility. The Deque University certified-accessibility specialist and document remediation expert will assist Onix with growing its role as an industry-leading, full-spectrum digital accessibility consultancy.
“This is the information age,” says Pugh, “Access to information is a fundamental human right and plays an essential role in all aspects of our lives, yet a billion people are locked out by inaccessible design. It’s not about checking boxes, it’s about reaching everyone.”
Prior to joining Onix, Pugh served as an Access Technology Analyst for the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, where he was the association’s focal point for accessibility and usability testing. He conducted intensive web accessibility audits for compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including some of the world’s largest online retailers, notable colleges and universities, government agencies at the federal, state and local levels and other non-profit institutions.
He also delivered accessibility training workshops and managed the NFB’s document remediation program, specializing in PDF accessibility.
Pugh also has served with the UK Ministry of Defence in various roles. Besides his studies at Herndon, Virginia-based Deque University, Pugh also attended John Cabot Technology College and St. Ursula’s Comprehensive School in Bristol, England.
“We’re thrilled to add Ryan and his immense expertise in the digital accessibility realm to the Equidox team,” notes Pat Needles, Equidox Sales Manager. “As Onix expands its digital accessibility focus beyond PDF conversion software and services into a more comprehensive solutions offering, his knowledge and dynamic problem-solving skills will be invaluable to us, our partners and our clients.”
Onix launched Equidox in 2012 to great industry demand and accolades. The company is expanding its digital accessibility consulting and services to include web accessibility training; website testing, auditing and reporting; mobile and tablet testing; document training, conversion and remediation; policy development and consultation and VPAT completion. Learn more about accessibility consulting.
As a leading cloud solutions provider, Onix elevates organizations to the next level of productivity, collaboration, efficiency and success. Since 1992, the company has used its ever-evolving expertise to solve clients’ technology pain points across numerous business sectors. Onix creates targeted solutions with infrastructure, collaboration, devices, enterprise search, and geospatial technology, using products from such industry leaders as Google and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Onix backs its strategic planning and deployment with incomparable ongoing service, training, and support.
Onix also offers its own suite of standalone products to solve specific business challenges. Equidox, its flagship accessibility product, is a self-service, semi-automated software solution that converts inaccessible PDF documents into WCAG 2.0 AA-compliant HTML and accessible PDF and EPUB 2 content. Onix also offers accessibility conversion, document remediation, accessibility training and accessibility consulting services.
Based in Lakewood, Ohio, near Cleveland, Onix also has a Canadian office in Toronto.
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Tammy Albee | Director of Marketing | Equidox Tammy joined Equidox after four years of experience working at the National Federation of the Blind. She firmly maintains that accessibility is about reaching everyone, regardless of ability, and boosting your market share in the process. "Nobody should be barred from accessing information. It's what drives our modern society."