Charles LaPierre

Technical Lead, DIAGRAM and Born Accessible

Charles LaPierre, Technical Lead, DIAGRAM and Born Accessible.  Charles has over 20 years’ development experience, and has been a pioneer in accessible product development since 1993.  In 2000, Charles transitioned over to Benetech where he co-developed a human rights information system for its Human Rights Program and developed accessible tools for Benetech’s digital library for people with print disabilities, Bookshare.  

Charles invented an accessible GPS system for the visually impaired which he started while at Carleton University in Ottawa.  Charles is also the CTO of Sendero Group a company he co-founded, which brought to market his GPS invention, that is used worldwide.

Charles has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering / Computer Systems from Carleton University, Ottawa Canada.
Charles currently co-chairs the accessibility Task Force for the W3C’s Digital Publishing Interest Group, as well as co-chairs the accessibility Task Force for the IDPF’s new EPUB 3.1 specification where he helped write the new Accessibility 1.0 Specification for Conformance and Discovery along with the accompanying EPUB Accessibility Techniques document.