Professional AssociationsProfessional Associations: ACM SIGACCESS | International Association of Accessibility Professionals
more informationMore information: W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) | U.S. Access Board
I'm part of IBM Aging and Accessibility Research (ibm.com/able). I was appointed in 2008 by the President of the United States to the U.S. Access Board, and I continued to represent the public until 2015 for 7 years as a board member to the federal agency (access-board.gov) dedicated to accessible information and communications technology (ICT/508), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other legislation. I also sit on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)’s Steering Council and I was a key influence in creating the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) in 1996.
I have been leading accessibility efforts in IBM for two decades. I work with all IBM divisions and business units, including IBM Digital Design Studios, Global Business/Technology Services (GBS/GTS) and internally and externally with IBM product teams, providing innovative accessibility technology, inclusive design thinking workshops, leading more sustainable accessibility operations, standards interpretation and consulting services. I have proposed, designed, and performed client engagements worldwide in many countries across all indurtries including financial, retail, travel, healthcare and telecom industries; universities and government agencies.
My Bachelors of Computer Science is from Brigham Young University and post graduate work from Florida Atlantic University. I joined IBM in Boca Raton, Florida in 1981 and participated in end-user testing and launch of the IBM Personal Computer and later with the development of the OS/2 operating system. I speak English and Italian fluently. I'm married and have 3 sons and live in the Austin, Texas area where I volunteer in the community.