A11yBuzz was designed and developed by Michael Guill, Joe Dolson, and Karl Groves. Information architecture and design feedback was provided by Char James-Tanny. JavaScript assistance was provided by Brian Huisman.

Day-to-day operations and development are handled by Karl Groves and contributors.


On July 30, 2011 Karl Groves posted on his blog: My Challenge to the Accessibility Community: We Need an Accessibility Body of Knowledge in which he lamented:

The fact that there is no single source to get good, clear, peer-reviewed information on this topic is, in my opinion, a very huge barrier which prevents “outsiders” from participating in accessible development.

The post was received favorably by some in the accessibility community who agreed. Others felt differently, asserting that there’s already a lot of information sharing happening on the web as a whole. Private discussions took place among those who were interested in this idea but ultimately no direct action was taken to actually put together a single, cohesive body of knowledge.

In October 2011, Karl began developing A11yBuzz as a way to crowdsource a single resource for accessibility information on the web. A11yBuzz was released for public use on January 01, 2012. But, it was never finished. At CSUN 2013, Karl Groves and Mike Guill presented a redesigned version of A11yBuzz which had more features. Unfortunately that was never finished, either.

In August of 2014, A11yBuzz was converted to use WordPress by Joe Dolson and re-released in September 2014.