Criterion 508 Solutions, Inc. is a Des Moines, Iowa based provider of ADA, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508 compliance solutions. Our customer-centric approach will make your journey to web accessibility compliance quick and hassle-free.
Since 2001, Criterion has advocated for web accessibility by working closely with non-profit groups, government agencies, and corporate customers.
Throughout the years, Criterion has been honored to receive many awards for our work, including:
- 2016 Diverse Supplier of the Year Award - Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan
- Recognized by Joint Resolution - State of Iowa Legislature
- Iowa Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Iowa Commission of Persons with Disabilities
- Innovator of the Year Award - Worldwide Electronic Document Systems Association
Criterion’s Management Team
Anna Bradley M.S., Ed.S.
In 2001, Anna Bradley founded Criterion 508 Solutions, Inc. to provide federal agencies and corporations with customer-centric WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 compliance solutions. Anna has more than 30 years of Ecommerce consulting experience, and has earned both Masters and Specialist degrees from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Anna also completed Drake University’s Doctoral program in Educational Administration.
Through her prior experience as an Ecommerce executive, Anna realized advances in internet-based technologies were simultaneously creating a type of “digital segregation” for people with disabilities. In response, Anna embarked on creating a company which would provide clients with industry-leading web accessibility services, while also creating career opportunities for people with disabilities to apply their unique skills.
“Our vision is to employ and advocate for people with disabilities in a new industry where a disability is a skillset that cannot be taught.” - Anna Bradley M.S., Ed. S.
Gena has written for print and online publications, and has served as a content developer for several websites. She is a writer, editor, and document designer. Gena holds an M.A. in International Development from Eastern University, and a B.A. in English from High Point University.
“Web accessibility is the baseline for electronic equal opportunity. In tomorrow’s world, we will be able cross off the word electronic.” - Gena Thomas
Matthew has 10 years of cumulative experience which began in Graphic Design, transitioned into Web Design and Development, and continues today with User Experience Design. While working in UX Design, an unexpected interest in Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 compliance guidelines evolved. Matthew brings to the table his knowledge of web development best practices regarding proper HTML syntax, structure, and implementation. He began his work at Criterion conducting manual inspection of HTML markup.
“There is a misconception that making a website or application accessible will make it ugly which is the furthest from the truth. Making the shift from UX design to accessibility made me realize that it doesn’t matter how pretty something looks, or how well structured a site might be. The true value lies in whether or not a user can engage with the content.” – Matthew Hightshoe
Before stepping into project management roles, Lisa Collier honed administrative, leadership and communication skills through nearly 10 years of experience in public relations, journalism, and editing. She holds a BA in Human Relations from High Point University.
“The virtual world increases daily. We need to make sure the human component increases along with it.” - Lisa Collier
For over 30 years, John has worked in cutting-edge information technology field. Beginning with speech simulation on an Apple ][, to IBM Mainframes, DEC Minis, and finally to PC’s and enterprise architecture.
In addition to his expertise in Section 508 and WCAG compliant web development, John has built simulators for various engineering firms, financial forecasters for several banks and insurance companies, and a number of 2D and 3D game engines.
Although John is sought after for his IT Architectural skills, he maintains a “developer first” approach and continues to enjoy coding what he has designed.
He’s currently completing a book to assist programmers to think like architects, and for architects to remember what it was to be good programmers.
“Being an architect without helping to program; is like being a chef who prepares the menu, but doesn’t cook the food.” - John Hewitt
Alan Smith has over two decades of experience in the computer industry including in user-interface design, human-computer interaction, QA testing, and application development. He serves as an expert for the W3C’s Mobile Accessibility Taskforce, Low-Vision Accessibility Taskforce, and in its Accessibility Testing Group. Alan also serves on the Disability Advisory Committee for the Federal Communications Commission. He has trained QA testers on accessibility and screen reader testing, audited webpages for WCAG 2.0 compliance, and created several online WCAG 2.0 and screen reader training courses.
“I consider accessibility the ultimate usability topic and the area of greatest benefit to the end users. Due to our testing efforts, design recommendations, and leadership in usability and accessibility best practices, we ensure our websites and mobile apps can be used by all.” - Alan Smith
Nancy has completed educational courses at the Hadley Institute and Iowa Department for the Blind and she is an expert JAWS accessibility tester. She has worked for over two decades in management and accessibility testing.
“Website accessibility is very important to me as a blind individual. If the websites I visit are accessible, I can shop, read books, pay my bills, socialize with my family and friends, and most importantly, continue learning by taking online courses and researching information.” - Nancy Finnestad