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