I'm part of IBM Accessibility (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 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 almost two decades. I work across all IBM divisions, including IBM Interactive (IBMiX), Global Business (GBS) and Technology Services (GTS) and Software Group (SWG), providing innovative accessibility technology, inclusive design thinking, accessible solutions and consulting services. I have performed engagements worldwide in Australia, Canada, China, E.U., Qatar, and the U.S. in financial services; retail, travel, healthcare and telecom industry; 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 the 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.