Phillip D (Phill) Jenkins  Phillip D (Phill) Jenkins photo       

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Senior Engineer and Accessibility Executive
Austin Research Laboratory, Austin, TX, USA


Professional Associations

Professional Associations:  ACM SIGACCESS  |  International Association of Accessibility Professionals

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More information:  W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)  |  U.S. Access Board


Phill is part of IBM Accessibility Research (  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 ( dedicated to accessible information and communications technology (ICT/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 a key influence in creating the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) in 1996.

Phill has been leading accessibility efforts in IBM for two decades. He works with all IBM divisions and business units, including IBM Digital Design Studios, Global Business/Technology Services (GBS/GTS) and with IBM product teams, providing innovative accessibility technology, inclusive design thinking workshops, creating more sustainable accessibility operations, standards interpretation and consulting services. Phill has proposed, designed, and performed client engagements worldwide in many countries across many indurtries 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.