About TPG

TPG works with organizations around the world, including government agencies, technology vendors, and companies in a variety of industries including retail/eCommerce, software/technology, publishing, banking/finance, healthcare, and higher education. Our services continuum allows us to provide targeted expertise on specific projects or to engage as a strategic partner on long-term engagements. We believe that with our partners and customers, we can collectively create a global impact on advancing accessibility.

Incorporated in 2002, The Paciello Group (TPG) is a world-class accessibility consultancy with a reputation for excellence. We help clients achieve end-to-end accessibility in their digital assets (websites, applications, documents, etc.), as well as assist in embedding accessibility into their processes and procedures. We work with our clients on a worldwide basis and across all vertical markets.

Our People

Matt Ater

VP for VFO Group, GM for TPG

Matt is the General Manager of The Paciello Group. Matt brings over 20 years of experience in working with people with disabilities. He began his career training US disabled government employees on Assistive Technology. In 1996 he joined the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind as the Director of Assistive Technology. From 2002 through 2013 Matt worked for subsidiaries of VSE Corporation as a certified Project Manager for SSA, Treasury and other federal agencies delivering accessibility services. Matt joined Freedom Scientific in 2014 to develop a consulting practice to support customers on their accessibility needs.

Travis Brown

VP Business Development & Professional Services

Travis Brown is Vice President of Business Development & Professional Services for The Paciello Group. Travis has 25 years of experience building and growing technology consulting and software services firms in a variety of roles spanning business development and operations.

Mr. Brown was a founding member of NDC Group, a technology consultancy originating in Northern Virginia. He was a key contributor in growing that company to over 400 consultants leading to a successful exit when NDC group was acquired in a multi-company roll-up.

Mr. Brown also oversaw Professional Services for Price Interactive, a market leading SaaS platform for IVR and ASR service bureau operations, before he ultimately became Director of Business Development for Convergys Speech Solutions, who acquired Price Interactive from iBasis in 2001.

In 2008, Mr. Brown led operations for WellAWARE Systems, a technology start-up capitalizing on intellectual property developed initially at UVA. In his role there, Travis assisted in raising over $7M in Series A capital while operationalizing offshore manufacturing operations and overseeing system development of a proprietary sensor-based system to monitor the wellness of seniors as they age in place.

From 2013-2016, Travis was Director of Commercial Services for Deque Systems, a leading provider of software and services within the accessibility industry. In his role there, Mr. Brown oversaw the rapid growth of the services organization as it doubled in size and more than doubled its revenue stream.

Travis is a strong advocate for pragmatic approaches to help commercial, government, and educational organizations provide an accessible experience to those they serve.

Steve Faulkner

Technical Director

Steve is Technical Director for The Paciello Group (TPG). He joined TPG in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at vision australia.

Steve leads the development of the Web Accessibility Toolbar, aViewer and Color Contrast Analyzer accessibility testing tools.

Steve is co-editor of the W3C HTML 5.1 specification, HTML Accessibility API Mappings 1.0, Text Alternatives Techniques, ARIA in HTML, and Notes on Using ARIA in HTML specifications.

In 2015 he received the Knowbility Individual Achievement Award for contributing digital accessibility knowledge and skills to the general community.

Steve has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Sydney and a Post Graduate qualification in Information Technology from Swinburne University.

Mike Paciello

Senior Advisor

Mike has been a pioneer and influential figure in the accessibility industry for more than two decades. He wrote the first book on web accessibility and usability (Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities), and has since achieved many notable milestones.

Mike is co-chair of the United States Federal Access Board’s Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC), co-founder of the International Committee for Accessible Document Design (ICADD), and was recognized by President Bill Clinton for his contribution to the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative.

Mike has been featured in numerous publications including the Washington Post, Boston Globe and New York Times. He was also invited by the United Nations to speak at the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict).

Léonie Watson

Director of Developer Communications

Léonie is Director of Developer Communications at TPG. She joined the team in 2013, after many years as Director of Accessibility at Nomensa.

Léonie is co-chair of the W3C Web Platform Working group, and a member of the ARIA and SVG working groups. She is also on the W3C Advisory Board, and the W3C Advisory Committee.

Léonie writes for online journals including .Net magazine, SitePoint, and Smashing magazine. She also talks about accessible technology at international conferences like Fronteers, FFconf, CSS Day, NordicJS, and Amuse UX.

Our Relationships

We work with organizations around the world, including government agencies, technology vendors, companies in industries including publishing, finance, and healthcare, and educational institutions. Most of our clients are long-term engagements, demonstrating the value and effectiveness of our partnerships. Together we have a global impact on advancing accessibility.

Our Affiliations

We’re a member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). We are on the W3C Advisory Board, and members of the TPG team chair the Web Platform and Pointer Events Working Groups, facilitate Task Forces on CSS Accessibility and Silver (Accessibility Guidelines), and are editors for specifications including HTML, HTML Accessibility API Mappings, SVG Accessibility API Mappings, and Pointer Events.

We are a member of the Teach-Access initiative. Working in collaboration with Facebook, Yahoo!, Microsoft and others, TPG is involved in many activities designed to make accessibility an integral part of the higher-education curriculum – ensuring designers and developers enter the work-force with the accessibility knowledge they need.