Company

It all started with this: what if we could help make the lives of people with disabilities better. Many companies offer ramps, wider isles, talking ATMs, accessible washrooms or automatic doors. But we saw a widening gap between the physical and digital world for people with disabilities.

Our solution then became the catalyst in helping educate purpose-driven organizations on the benefits of enhancing the digital customer experience for people with disabilities. We were soon able to form a global coalition of private and public sector organizations, who came together to create an inclusive web experience.
We didn’t stop there. We worked closely with organizations like the ANA (Association of National Advertisers) and inaugurated the People with Disabilities category in their annual Multicultural Excellence Award. The 2014 winner was Duracell for ‘Trust Your Power,’ the 2015 winner was Kimberly Clark’s Kleenex for ‘Unlikely Best Friends,’ and Duracell’s ‘Stay Connected’ won in 2016.

We are headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and have offices in the United States and Brazil.

Our team is made up of a bunch of people crazy enough to believe that web accessibility is more than just good coding, it’s also giving people with disabilities a suite of tools for them to navigate the web.

Executive Team

  • Simon Dermer

    SIMON DERMER

    Managing Director & Co-Founder

    eSSENTIAL Accessibility’s innovative market driven approach is informed by Simon’s health care industry experience as a business development executive with a network provider and owner of an outpatient rehabilitative services facility. Simon graduated in economics from Queen’s University and completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.

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    SPIRO PAPATHANASAKIS

    Director & Co-Founder

    Spiro’s background, with his experience in front line consumer services with some on the largest companies in the financial and healthcare sectors and as a developer of consumer-friendly digital claims, informs eSSENTIAL Accessibility’s innovative market driven approach. Spiro graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science.

  • MARK STEELE

    Co-Founder

    Mark is a sales and business development leader with over 20 years of experience working with technology companies that offer compelling and in most cases, disruptive solutions to the marketplace.

Partnerships

We are proud to partner with leading advocacy groups for people with disabilities.

Careers

Looking to be a part of something awesome? You’ve come to the right place!
Here are the positions we’re looking to fill…

  • Web Accessibility Testers – US & Canada

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  • Account Development Representative – USA

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  • Account Development Representative – Canada

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