Wayne Chenoweth is an instructor at the De Anza College Computer Access Lab where he teaches students to use assistive technology. He also works to create an accessible campus and help faculty create accessible web content. Before that, he worked for nearly 13 years at the High Tech Center Training Unit where he trained and supported faculty and staff who work with students with disabilities in the area of assistive and instructional technology. In the last few years there he specialized in the area of online accessibility issues, in particular, providing training and support to the California Virtual Campus regional centers.
"I began my professional life as a graphic artist and I have been interested in computers since the early 70's when I learned to punch cards in the Fortran language to draw simple shapes. But then I became intensely interested in human languages while working in Europe. So I became a speech pathologist and worked in a rehab hospital. There I began to see the value of communication devices and early forms of assistive technology. Since then I've been working in the exciting and rewarding field of assistive technology."