Ken Saunders

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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 2 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.
Most are in the process of being updated.

My Site

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.

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.

Screen shot of the Page Zoom Buttons add-on for Firefox

Big Buttons
By Ken Saunders

Sharp, colorful, and easy to see, large (48x48 pixel) and extra large (64x64 pixel) Firefox toolbar buttons.

Default Firefox toolbar buttons
default Firefox navigation toolbar buttons

48x48 pixel Big Buttons
48x48 pixel Big Buttons navigation toolbar buttons

Learn more about Big Buttons
Get Big Buttons from the Firefox Add-ons site.

Theme Font & Size Changer
By Baris Derin, Ken Saunders

Allows users to change the global font and font size for Firefox itself meaning for all windows, menus, toolbars, etc.
Also available for Mozilla Thunderbird and SeaMonkey.

Toolbars withTheme Font & Size Changer add-on enabled

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.

Native Web Developer Tools toolbar button

Zoom Button for Thunderbird
By Ken Saunders

Zoom in, zoom out, and reset page zoom with one toolbar button.

Zoom Button for Thunderbird

about:addons Launcher
By Ken Saunders

Note: The functionality of this add-on is now a default feature in Firefox (Add-ons toolbar button).
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.

Toolbar button
about:addons Launcher toolbar button

Add-on Bar button
about:addons Launcher 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.

Pink Hope
For Firefox 3.0 - 3.6

Pink Hope Firefox theme screen shot

Gray Modern 2 AF
For Firefox 2

Gray Modern 2 Firefox theme screen shot

Firefox Lightweight Themes Designer

Also compatible with Mozilla Thunderbird.

Firefox Nightly Firefox Persona

Gecko Firefox Persona

Ichthys Firefox Persona

Firefox Cut Metal
Firefox Cut Metal Firefox Persona

Eye of Ra
Eye of Ra Firefox Persona

Organic Orbs
Organic Orbs Firefox Persona

Candied Hearts
Candied Hearts Firefox Persona

Boston Red Sox Big B
Candied Hearts Firefox Persona

More Personas by Ken Saunders - 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 since September 2005, and in that time I have submitted over 150 different pieces of my artworks that have been individually viewed more than 927,000 times which still amazes and humbles me.

Top pieces:
Tribal #7 in Tribal out of 275K+ - 40K+ views - 15K+ Downloads
Eye of Ra 24K+ views - 8K+ Downloads
5 Elements Icons 31K+ views - 8K+ Downloads
More by Ken Saunders -

Misc and Past

Spread - Former member of the SFx team

Original header

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 - 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 - Former Category Supervisor

Former category supervisor for Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird. is an excellent organization to volunteer for. - Lensmaster

For the web site, 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.

Final Words

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.

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