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Tom Brunet is the Accessibility Tools Architect in IBM Accessibility Research (ibm.com/able).

Tom began work in IBM Accessibility in 2000. While pursuing a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin, he worked as a co-op to build the content extraction and navigation engine for Home Page Reader 3.0, the first self-voicing, JavaScript enabled web browser. His work on HPR was used as a reference implementation for WCAG 1.0.

Tom joined IBM Accessibility full time in 2006 after receiving an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he researched user interactions in biomedical imaging.

More recently, Tom has led the development of tools for testing and tracking compliance against IBM’s Corporate Instruction 162, which is a unified standard across leading accessibility standards. These tools are built to handle leading web application standards and techniques, integrate into modern development processes, and are able to report across IBM’s diverse portfolio of offerings. Tom works closely with teams across all IBM divisions, ensuring that IBM and IBM’s customers can identify and remediate accessibility issues in their applications.