Bill Curtis-Davidson (M.S. Information Design & Technology 1998) is a Senior Consultant for Wheelhouse Group, a specialized consulting firm that offers organizational change management, stakeholder management and communications, workforce transformation, and business optimization services. In that role, we currently serves as a Co-Director of the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT), a policy initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). PEAT promotes the employment and retention of people with disabilities in the workforce through the development and adoption of accessible technology including emerging technologies like AI, XR and Automated Vehicles. PEAT’s work is influenced by its Think Tank, an invitation-only forum of technology leaders, advocacy groups, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Adobe – all of which work together to identify problems and solutions related to accessible emerging technologies.
Prior to this, Bill has had over 20 years’ product and services design experience and served in roles at Magic Leap (Accessibility Leader), Level Access (Senior Director of Policy & Program Services) and IBM (UX and Digital Accessibility Consultant, Business Development, Executive Architect). Before that, he was a Research Scientist at what is now the Georgia Tech Center for Inclusive Design & Innovation (CIDI) and an Adjunct Faculty member in the Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design. Bill is a regular contributor to industry accessibility practices and standards development, and has advised numerous government advisory committees, standards development organizations, and industry associations. He also holds a B.F.A. from The Atlanta College of Art.