Mike Shebanek, Senior Director, Yahoo
Mike Shebanek is a Senior Director at Yahoo where he leads the Yahoo Accessibility Team. His works closely with Yahoo product designers, engineers and product managers to make Yahoo products accessible to people with disabilities. At Yahoo, Mike has established an industry-leading Accessibility Lab for training and research and his team continues to lead the industry in developing accessible media, mobile apps and web sites. In 2016, Yahoo received the National Access Award from the Hearing Loss Association of America.
Previously, Mike spent 19 years at Apple and was Product Manager for the original iMac, the original iPad, and OS X. In 2004 established Apple’s current Accessibility program, developed and marketed the advanced accessibility features in OS X and iOS, and was the product manager who developed VoiceOver, the screen reader built in to every new Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and AppleTV.
More recently Mike co-founded TeachAccess.org, a collaboration between top companies in the tech industry and universities in the U.S. to incorporate the teaching of Accessibility into mainstream undergraduate courses.
Mike has been a featured speaker at many events including TechShare and Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and at many conferences including ATIA, the CSUN International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, AFB Leadership Conference, M-Enabling Summit, and Vision UK.
Mike has a degree in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton, four technology patents, and is author of the book “The Complete Guide to the NEXTSTEP User Environment.”