Christy L. Blew

Disability Specialist, Alternative Media Production
Accessible Media Services

Christy Blew is Disability Specialist in Alternative Media Production for Accessible Media Services (AMS) in the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She joined AMS in July of 2021 after 15 years as an IT Accessibility Specialist at DRES, finding her greatest success in helping to eliminate stigmas and myths that have been associated with IT Accessibility through advocating and educating. She excites in the new adventure before her in AMS. 

Christy has no preference if training is individual or groups or recently in the virtual world, she just enjoys sharing her knowledge and is known as the go-to person for document accessibility. She enjoys the validation when attending training where the instructors are her previous students. Christy notes that there are always requests for courses in Word, PowerPoint, and PDF, and she is currently developing new series to complement the current course, IT Accessibility 101. Along with on campus, she has presented for the Great Lakes ADA Center and at various accessibility-related conferences including CSUN.

Christy has held memberships with the W3C Protocols and Formats working group and the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). She serves on several campus initiatives including the Technology Accessibility Review Committe - TARC (aka, campus IT Policy committee) on the University of Illinois Campus. You will also find her collaborating with other Big10 Universities to develop IT accessibility solutions to make the U of I campus a better place for everyone, including those with disabilities. 

Christy considers herself a jack-of-all-trades. When she isn’t on the clock, you will find her in her woodworking shop making puzzles and small games, volunteering through her church as a facilitator for the Addiction/Recovery and the Emotional Resiliance programs, or at a local fishing pond. Christy currently holds a Master’s in Technology and a Certification in Computer Science from Eastern Illinois University, and a certificate in Audio Description through Audio Description Associates, LLC. She has currently started on a second Master's degree in Library and Information Science, with hopes of focusing in genealogical studies.

In 2018, Christy won the Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference for Excellence in Access and Accommodations Award, "in recognition of your tireless efforts in advocating for inclusion and access at Illinois".