|International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference|
Friday, November 10, 2023
Heather Markham embodies the conference theme of “Do, Create, Live.” Despite living with progressive muscular dystrophy, she is an engineer, and assistive technology professional, an ADA architectural barriers specialist, a public speaker, and educator.
Heather is the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Making Waves for Good, which consults on ADA Standards for Accessible Design compliance. She goes beyond that into ADA Usability; showing companies with physical locations that it doesn't have to be hard, scary, or expensive to achieve accessibility.
She is also a competitive Para Surfer, golfer, and award-winning fine art photographer as well as the author of a memoir, Rough Waters: From Surviving to Thriving with a Progressive Muscular Dystrophy. During her presentation, “Words Matter: You can choose the title of your own story,” Heather will read an excerpt from her memoir.