About Ken Saunders
I'm Ken from the Boston Massachusetts area. I'm Legally Blind due to a congenital condition known as Ocular Albinism with Nystagmus, and one who lives with Type 1 Diabetes.
Neither of these issues interferes with my ability to accomplish (nearly) any goal that I set out to tackle. I do face difficulties and roadblocks (who doesn't), but I either push right through them, work around them, or just accept them and do the best that I can.
My greatest passions are creating computer graphical artworks (for web, applications, and personal use), working on my websites, volunteering for the Mozilla Foundation, and as cheesy at it may sound, making people smile.
The following lists some of my current projects as well as some of my past efforts.
Access Firefox - Creator and Project Manager
Access Firefox is a site / project that I created to provide Firefox end users with visual impairments, those without perfect visual acuity, and individuals with certain cognitive disabilities, Firefox accessibility related tools and resources.
The site's content primarily consists of information about the default accessibility options and tools within Firefox, brief guides about some of the Firefox Add-ons that can be used to make viewing and interacting with the Internet easier, more comfortable, and efficient, and a good amount of introductory material about using Firefox itself.
Access Firefox is an ongoing project that was built by, and is maintained by volunteers from within several different Mozilla communities.
MouseRunner.com - Owner/Operator
Mouse Runner started as a hobby to lessen the effects of New England Winter boredom.The site went live on February 16, 2005 and it was once in the top 50,000 sites on Alexa (now in the top 2 million). It offers numerous graphical artworks and elements for downloading such as icons, wallpapers, etc, and informational resources including software guides.
MouseRunner.com is being fully rewritten (it's severely outdated and the coding is a nightmare). MouseRunner.com Stats on Alexa
Firefox & Thunderbird Extensions - Developer & Contributor
Page Zoom Button
By Michael Buckley, Lou Cypher, Ken Saunders
The Page Zoom Button add-on allows users to control the full page zoom feature in Firefox from a single toolbar button.
By Ken Saunders
Sharp, colorful, and easy to see, large (48x48 pixel) and extra large (64x64 pixel) Firefox toolbar buttons.
Default Firefox toolbar buttons
48x48 pixel Big Buttons
Theme Font & Size Changer
By Baris Derin, Ken Saunders
Firefox (Vista) default theme
Firefox (Vista) default theme with the Diavlo Bold font and the font size at 28 pixels
Web Developer Tools - toolbar button
By Ken Saunders
Toolbar button with a drop down menu containing the native Firefox Web Developer tools for quicker access.
Zoom Button for Thunderbird
By Ken Saunders
Zoom in, zoom out, and reset page zoom with one toolbar button.
By Ken Saunders
Toolbar button to launch the Add-ons Manager. Button opens the Add-ons Manager in a new tab and can be placed on any toolbar including the Add-on Bar.
Add-on Bar button
Firefox Themes - Contributor
Here are 2 Firefox themes that I created icons for.
Click on an image for a larger view.
For Firefox 3.0 - 3.6
Gray Modern 2 AF
For Firefox 2
Firefox Lightweight Themes Designer
Also compatible with Mozilla Thunderbird.
deviantART.com - Member
As I mentioned at the top of the page, I have a great interest in computer generated art. I've been a member of deviantART.com since September 2005, and in that time I have submitted over 200 different pieces of my artworks that have been individually viewed nearly 863,000 times which still amazes and humbles me.
Below are a few samples of art that I've created and uploaded to deviantART.
Click on any of the images to view larger versions of them.
Eye of Ra
Wallpaper Sizes: 1024x768 - 3200x1200
Favorites: 139, Views: 22,017, Downloads: 8,467
Top 30 - Customization > Wallpapers > Egypt
5 Chinese elements icons.
Favorites: 298, Views: 30,162, Downloads: 8,102
.PNG- 256x256, .ICO- 32x32-256x256, .ICNS- 32x32-256x256
Misc and Past
Spread Firefox.com - Former member of the SFx team
I was a member of Spread Firefox (the first official Firefox marketing site) for 6+ years. I was selected for the Volunteer Spotlight on 10/14/2006 and became an administrator on 12/08/2006.
I loved SFx. I spent the majority of my time there and met some great people with whom I'm still friends with. Some of them close friends.
Spread Thunderbird.com - Former member of the STb team
As an administrator, I helped launch Spread Thunderbird in November 2008. I also helped to moderate the site, interact with and help out and guide other members and Thunderbird users, and I made many content contributions.
dmoz - Former Editor
Former category editor for the Open Directory Project in Computers > Open Source > Organizations > Mozilla
Answers.com - Former Category Supervisor
Squidoo.com - Lensmaster
For the web site Squidoo.com, I created a Firefox Guide (Lens) that made it to the #7 spot out of tens of thousands of Lenses. The Firefox Guide was number #1 in Computers and Technology, and it was also selected as Lens of the Day in April of 2006.
I'll be updating the guide to reflect the newer Firefox features as well as the other content there.
The main purpose of this page is to hopefully inspire others who are also facing challenges and to show them that persons with different abilities can reach their goals and a measure of success (whatever that may be to them) even when they may face seemingly insurmountable barriers.
A person is considered Legally Blind, in the USA, when their visual acuity is 20/200 or less in their better eye with best correction.
Ocular Albinism is an inherited condition in which the eyes lack melanin pigment.
Nystagmus is an involuntary back-and-forth movement of the eyes.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is necessary to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy.