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.
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.
Matt got into accessibility for several reasons. First, as a person who is low vision, he understood the importance of this field. He also loves working with people to solve problems. Accessibility is a wonderful field; he truly enjoys it and it helps people.
Travis Brown is Vice President of Sales & Marketing 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.
Travis 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.
Travis 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, which acquired Price Interactive from iBasis in 2001.
From 2013-2016, he was Director of Commercial Services for Deque Systems, a leading provider of software and services within the accessibility industry. Travis is a strong advocate for pragmatic approaches to help commercial, government, and educational organizations provide an accessible experience to those they serve.
He first got involved in accessibility when he learned that a wellness monitoring system he launched at one of his prior start-ups was completely inaccessible. The system was designed to monitor the health and wellness of the elderly, who have many of the conditions that are found among persons with disabilities. He has been in the field ever since.
Quote to live by: “Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” – Confucius/Buckaroo Banzai
A Partner with The Paciello Group since its inception in May 2002, she worked to establish and grow the company until it was acquired in April 2017. Her role at TPG focuses on the financial and internal operations of the business, as well as providing support to sales and the technical team. Prior to TPG, she was the Controller for a software development company. She worked closely with outside investors to position the company for a successful acquisition to an Austin, TX VC firm. Debra began her career with Digital Equipment Corporation where she was selected to participate in their Financial Development Program. In this capacity she worked in various departments within the organization such as Internal Auditing, Manufacturing, Corporate Finance, Software development and Facilities. Debra is involved in her local community serving on several boards.
Debra decided early in her career that she wanted to be part of something that was for the greater good. She did not single out accessibility but was elated with the opportunity to be part of an organization that truly makes a difference in people’s lives.
Quote to live by: “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” – Christopher Reeves
Steve is a 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.He 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 Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Sydney and a Post Graduate qualification in Information Technology from Swinburne University.
Steve became involved with accessibility thanks to his interests in social work, technology, and how technology can be used to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
Quote to live by: “Accessibility is political.”
As Director of User Experience, Henny works with clients to design inclusive website and applications early in in the process. She has been involved with Web Standards and accessibility since 2001, actively participating in W3C initiatives such as the Web Accessibility Initiative Education and Outreach Working Group, the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group, and the Mobile Accessibility Task Force. She is also a former lead of the International Liaison Group within the Web Standards Project (WaSP).
Prior to TPG she worked at the BBC where she was lead author on the BBC Mobile Accessibility Standards and Guidelines, UX lead for accessibility and looked after BBC iPlayer, the BBC Standard Media Player, the 2012 Olympics, Weather and Sport.
Henny has also worked as a Web Evangelist in the Developer Relations team at Opera Software ASA, and as a Senior Accessibility Consultant at the Royal National Institute of Blind People in the UK where she set up the RNIB Web Access Centre.
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.
Leonie became interested in accessibility by accident. She is intrigued by problem solving: How does this thing work? Why doesn’t it work for some people? How can I take it apart and put it back together in a way that means it works for everybody?
Quote to live by: “Carpe diem.”
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Billy Gregory is the Director of Training with The Paciello Group. Before joining TPG, and after failing to realize his dream of becoming a rock star, Billy focused his attention on front-end development working at small agencies, and at large corporations. It was during this time that he discovered his true love of the internet, and his wish that everyone be able to use it.
Drawing from his years of experience, Billy can relate to not only the challenges but the apprehension faced by developers who are new to accessibility. He enjoys working with designers, developers, and other web professionals to help them make a web that is accessible for everyone.
In his spare time, Billy is active in the Accessibility Community as Co-Organizer of “#a11yTO” which organizes Accessibility Camp Toronto, its monthly meet-up group, and #a11yTO Conf. He was also one half of the popular duo “The Viking and The Lumberjack. He is still not a rock star.
Quote to live by: “I love the internet. I think everyone should be able to use it.”
David has over 30 years of accessibility experience, starting from 1988 when he was designing microprocessor-based speech devices for blind and visually impaired consumers. He has successfully helped corporations of all sizes embrace and implement accessibility standards within their products, services, and best practices.
David has worked in a variety of roles including software engineer, director of technology, technology consultant, and entrepreneur. He has created multimillion dollar technology companies from the ground up: the Daily-e Corporation, which provided a diverse base of customers with world class software development services on the Microsoft platform, and Always Accessible, Inc, which helps companies implement practical strategies for creating universally accessible information technology. He has been a keystone consultant to the American Foundation for the Blind since 1991.
He started in accessibility as a engineering intern for the American Foundation for the Blind. At the time he felt like a mad scientists, trying to make all things talk using a microprocessor and an EPROM burned with speech. It was fun, challenging and a great way to kick-off a 30-year career in the field! However, more than anything else, he started and remains in this field because of the people. He believes the field of accessibility has some of the nicest, brightest and most enthusiastic folks working on improving inclusivity.
Quote to live by: “Discover all that you love and pursue it with unbridled passion…”
Kathy is a digital accessibility expert who has been working in the field of accessibility since 2001. As an invited expert of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group, W3C Mobile Accessibility Task Force, and the WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force, she contributes to the development of new accessibility standards, guidelines, techniques and methodologies.
Most recently Kathy has been leading the W3C Mobile Accessibility task force, which is defining the accessibility requirements for small screen devices and touch interfaces that are part of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 standards.
Kathy helps companies understand accessibility requirements and provides them with accessibility assessments, support, and strategy for ADA, WCAG, and Section 508 compliance. As a recognized accessibility expert, Kathy is a frequent speaker at conferences educating people on the importance of accessibility and has provided accessibility training for many corporations, government agencies and universities.
She grew up with a parent who is hard-of-hearing and she watched a cousin with Down Syndrome go through the trials and tribulations of public school. These experiences, along with working at a camp for kids with disabilities, greatly influenced her decision to enter the field of accessibility. After college a mutual friend introduced her to John Slatin, who, at that time was working on WCAG 1.0 standards. He was looking for volunteers to help conduct user testing with students with disabilities to figure out techniques for accessibility and to help with the development of the standards. She soon got involved with Knowbility and started promoting accessibility, working alongside Jim Thatcher for many years. Both Jim Thatcher and John Slatin were her mentors.
Quote to live by: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!”– Audrey Hepburn
Steve has over 25 years of experience in the software industry working for multi-national firms in technical support, consulting, technical training, management, and project management roles. He has led software and web development teams, and, as a PMP certified project manager, numerous projects in that space. He is also a seasoned executive and entrepreneur.
Steve leverages his experience with coding and testing for technical analysis of websites, document remediation, and training. He enjoys working with the technology and techniques that make content accessible for all users and interacting with people in a classroom environment while teaching them technical methods for accessibility.
He is also a highly regarded thought leader in PDF Accessibility, actively joining global conversations about PDF accessibility and improving the creation and remediation process worldwide.
Watching and hearing a blind person trying to book a flight with a screen reader made him appreciate how challenging online tasks that he took for granted can be for people with disabilities and how unfair it is when they cannot accomplish the same tasks online that he could. The technology and markup that can be applied to websites was intriguing to him, but the thought that they could be used to help knock down barriers was inspiring and led to a long career in accessibility. This is a field where he can apply technology and coding in a way that has very tangible benefits to people.
Quote to live by: “Together, we can achieve great things.”
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.
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.