About the Author

Kel SmithKel Smith is a longtime speaker, author, trainer and practitioner on digital accessibility.  His articles and papers have been published or cited by the Pentagon Library, the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, Springer-Verlag, the International Journal of E-Politics, Kent State’s Knowledge Management Program, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the E-Access Bulletin and UX Magazine (UPA).

Kel has presented worldwide on the inclusive use of virtual worlds, accessible web design and mobile health. His presentation credits include including three appearances at the CSUN Conference for Persons with Disabilities (San Diego), three stints at the World Future Society (Boston, Vancouver and Toronto) the Royal National Institute of the Blind (London), the Interaction Design Association (Savannah and Dublin), the Unitech ICT Network (Oslo), the Society for Technical Communications (Sacramento), the Center for Health Literacy (Washington DC) and the Universitat Autònoma (Barcelona). He also delivered the keynote address for the 2012 Knowbility AccessU Summit in Austin.

Kel served as North America/Oceania representative for the United Nations World Summit Awards. His professional experience includes leading the Havas Worldwide Health digital practice on innovation and recommending global ISO-9660 workplace standards, an effort spanning 85 countries. A noted thought leader on healthcare communications for the disabled, he is currently developing a suite of mobile offerings that embrace the consumer habits of disenfranchised populations.

Advance press for Digital Outcasts has appeared in the Dayton Daily News, the Austin American-Statesman, the Raleigh News Observer, the Denver Post, the Globe & Mail Canada and PhysOrg.com. Kel was also interviewed by the MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy as part of the organization’s Conversations with Thought Leaders podcast series.

A current member of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) and the Usability Professionals’ Association (UPA), Kel served two years as Vice Chair of the Philadelphia chapter of ACM/SIG-CHI for computer-human interaction. He earned his BFA in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art and studied cognitive science as part of the MS program at Philadelphia University. He lives and works in Philadelphia and New York City.