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Phill Jenkins

Accessibility Executive, IBM Design

Phill Jenkins is a digital accessibility leader in IBM’s Design group. He was appointed in 2008 by the President of the United States to the U.S. Access Board and served 8 years. Phill joined IBM in 1981 and helped launch the Personal Computer and pioneered early end-user evaluation approaches. Phill was a key influence in 1996 creating W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative, eventually issuing the WCAG accessibility standard, and serves on the Steering Council. Phill’s is focused on making AI accessible and fair to persons with disabilities, deploying the IBM Equal Access Toolkit, open-source checking tools, and the enterprise accessibility compliance system. He received several awards for making the Web more accessible and holds several patents. Phill speaks English and Italian and volunteers in Austin Texas.


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