Arnoud van Wijk

Arnoud van Wijk

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Biography

Arnoud van Wijk earned a Masters degree in biochemistry, studying at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
After working for four years at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, USA, he moved into the ICT field leaving the Biomedical research behind. In 2000, he started working for Ericsson in the Netherlands. From 2003 until 2005, he joined the Dutch organization Viataal (now know as Koninklijke Kentalis) to work on accessible telecommunication and Internet. Which led to the development and introduction of the first mobile RTT application on Blackberry with AnnieS, a Dutch company that sells mobile text telephone services for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
He is a technical adviser for the European Federation for Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) and for the European Commission on ICT for e-Inclusion.
He is part of the European Disability Forum (EDF) expert network on ICT.
Since 2001, he also works together with the Trace Research and Development Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison which has a partnership with the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University in Washington DC.
In 2007, he founded his own consulting company GreenGiraffe, which is specialized in ICT inclusion issues and technology. Making the Internet accessible for people with disabilities. Via GreenGiraffe till December 31 2009, Arnoud has worked with the Internet Society (ISOC) to coordinate and advance activities related to the Internet and persons with disabilities. He is an expert in related Internet Protocol based technologies and e-inclusion issues.
Arnoud is an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) since December 2000, where he has co-authored or contributed to various Internet Drafts and RFCs related to the Real- Time Text standard and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). Also he participates in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and is a member of ITU's Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD, IGF).
Arnoud lives in Oss, The Netherlands

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