Kalib Watson's Portfolio

Hi, I'm Kalib Watson.

Although I began my college education planning to become an editor, I soon found that I have a passion for the web. I found out about web accessibility during my junior year at Michigan State University, and have since been pursuing better knowledge of both front-end development and web accessibility standards, resources, and techniques to help create wonderful products for all users.

When I'm not working, I'm often playing with my dog, Dexter, making video games, or doing calisthenics.

Accessibility Work

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Evaluation

When Jackson National Life hired me, they asked me to help them evaluate and better understand their accessibility. I've been able to help communicate these needs to many audiences within the organization.

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WAI-ARIA Guide

In order to further progress on Jackson's accessibility efforts, a guide to one of the most useful accessible technologies, WAI-ARIA, was necessary. I created one based on team needs, research, and personal experience.

Development Work

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Affirmation Application

My client approached me wanting to build an application to distribute affirmations to their large email list of recipients, instead of emailing an affirmation every morning. She also asked if I could show her how it was done along the way.

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Sherlockian.net Directory

The Sherlock Holmes directory, Sherlockian.net, was handed over to WIDE with a large user base. I helped to create an IA and develop templates for the content, which required in-depth research and knowledge of SEO best practices.

Resume

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Skills

  • WCAG 2.0
  • Assistive technology
  • Front end development
  • Communication
  • WAI-ARIA

Experience

Web Development Intern | May 15, 2017 - present

Jackson National Life, Lansing, MI

  • Evaluate web accessibility of Jackson sites using WCAG 2.0 AA
  • Develop method and timeline to address accessibility issues
  • Provide tools and knowledge for developers and designers such as WAI-ARIA, color contrast analyzers and screen readers
  • Develop public articles and interactions for several Jackson sites using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Web and UI Developer | November 6, 2016 - present

Writing, Information, and Digital Experience, East Lansing, MI

  • Manage UI architecture and development written in HTML, CSS and PHP
  • Update content of Sherlockian.net as requested using HTML and PHP
  • Help to plan migration of site to Wordpress, including considering SEO performance
  • Select useful technologies for the WIDE team and content curators

Accessibility Intern | January 9, 2017 - May 11, 2017

Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting, East Lansing, MI

  • Evaluate website accessibility for Michigan State University and large external clients
  • Use and understanding of WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines and Section 508 standards

Contact

Send me a message if you have questions at , or message me if you'd like to chat!