Founder and Architect, Nelnet
Marc Thorson is, as his teammates like to say, Nelnet's Accessibility O.G. He's not sure whether O.G. means "original gangster" or "old guy", but both are relatively accurate, so he runs with it. With over 20 years of experience as a web developer and architect and a lifetime of experience using assistive technology (Marc was born with SMA.), he loves sharing his passion for accessibility and creating delightful user experiences everyone can enjoy. Since founding his accessibility team, it has grown by 900% and will continue to evolve to meet the needs of Nelnet's diverse customer base. In 2011, Marc was awarded South Dakota's Outstanding Employee with a Disability, but he hasn't been given the same award since, so I guess he's been slacking off!
John Slatin AccessU 2023
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