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Bill Curtis-Davidson

Senior Consultant & AI Integration Leader at Wheelhouse Group

Atlanta, United States

Bill Curtis-Davidson 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, he 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 – all of which work together to identify problems and solutions related to accessible emerging technologies.

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 serves as a member of the Georgia Tech HCI Degree Program External Advisory Board, and he also holds a B.F.A. from The Atlanta College of Art.

Available For: Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Atlanta, GA
Speaking Topics: Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Digital Accessibility, Product Innovation, Disability, Design Thinking

Bill Curtis-Davidson Points
Academic 0
Author 3
Influencer 11
Speaker 38
Entrepreneur 40
Total 92

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Theatre: North America

Areas of Expertise

AI 30.11
AR/VR 34.81
Business Strategy
Customer Experience 30.35
Design Thinking
Digital Disruption
Diversity and Inclusion 39.15
Emerging Technology 30.21
Future of Work 31.50
Innovation 31.90
Open Innovation
Mobility 30.19
Smart Cities 66.63
Legal and IP 30.86
Digital Transformation 30.01
Big Data 33.84

Industry Experience

High Tech & Electronics
Media
Professional Services
Travel & Transportation

Publications

3 Article/Blogs
5 Takeaways From The 2021 XR Access Symposium Report
Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)
July 22, 2021
What if a construction company could use virtual reality to train employees on worksite hazards from the safety of a conference room? Or an expert wind turbine technician could use augmented reality to guide on-site technicians through repairs, despite being in a different country?

These scenarios are now possible due to the ever-growing use of extended reality (XR) in the workplace. XR is an umbrella term for virtual, augmented, and mixed realities. As more workplaces adopt XR, we need to ensure these technologies are built accessible from day one.

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Tags: AR/VR, Diversity and Inclusion, Future of Work

Measuring public-transport accessibility using pervasive mobility data
IEEE Pervasive Computing
November 15, 2012
How accessible is public urban transportation for people with disabilities? What are the metrics for measuring such accessibility? Using pervasive mobility data, the authors evaluate the quality of service for travelers in need of accessible public transportation in London.

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Mobility, Smart Cities

Accessible self-service kiosks can help companies innovate
Future Travel Experience / APEX
May 02, 2011
Traveling for business or pleasure isn’t what it used to be. In order to develop and maintain brand loyalty while streamlining operations in an increasingly competitive global market, travel and transportation companies are challenged to transform their business processes and integrate new forms of customer-facing technology. Self-service kiosks have played an important role in this transformation.

However, while self-service kiosks have the potential to improve the traveler experience by making traveling easier, quicker, and more enjoyable, some travelers who have physical disabilities may experience barriers when trying to use them.

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Tags: Customer Experience, Diversity and Inclusion, Smart Cities

5 Panels
Workplace of the Future: New Accessibility Imperatives, Gaps and Opportunities Offered by New Technologies
M-Enabling Summit 2021
October 05, 2021
Setting a clear roadmap towards the workplaces of the future is an increasing challenge for many organizations, especially after the rapid shift to virtual environments and remote working triggered by the pandemic. This panel will examine key data on workplace transformations, technology drivers that are likely to accelerate and how they may be best leveraged by organizations in various sectors and workplaces configurations.

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Tags: AR/VR, Diversity and Inclusion, Future of Work

Accessibility & Accommodations: How employers and HR professionals can prepare for emerging tech in the workplace
Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology / Job Accommodation Network
June 28, 2021
Emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual and augmented reality (XR), will shape the workplace of the future. They will change how organizations hire, train, and support employees, including those with disabilities. This session, produced in collaboration with JAN and the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), will introduce the potential impact of emerging tech on accommodations. Participants will learn how employers and HR professionals can help plan for an accessible workplace of the future, including the procurement of accessible technologies and potential accommodation needs of people with disabilities. PEAT, funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, will interview technology leaders to find out how AI and XR will change the way we work and what these technologies could mean for the employment of people with disabilities.

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Tags: AI, AR/VR, Future of Work

#mEnabling21 Virtual Leadership Briefing Series M-Enabling Forum Dach, Virtual Leadership Briefing, October 7, 2021 October 7, 2021 M-Enabling Forum DACH – Online Conference October 7, 2021 from 14-17 CEST The Potential of Digital Accessibility 14:00-14:10 Welcome and Introduction Regine Ge
M-Enabling Summit - Virtual Leadership Briefing Series
April 21, 2021
The Acceleration of Innovation in Inclusive Virtual Workplaces for Persons with Disabilities. Looking for clarity on how to create an inclusive workplace with the influx of virtual platforms and new digital services? During this webinar, learn how organizations of all types are innovating in making virtual workplaces inclusive of Persons with Disabilities, and how this is accelerating a broad move towards more inclusive virtual work environments in the future. Bill Curtis-Davidson was a panelist offering the Government’s Perspective: What Opportunities the Future of Work Holds?

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion, Future of Work

Untapped Aptitude – How Tech Helps Drive Disability Inclusion
Techonomy Media, Inc.
October 30, 2020
The conversation featured Guy Tonye, chief engineer at cross-platform voice app developer and integrator Zammo, John Robinson, CEO of Our Ability Inc., a unique company that specializes in helping disabled people find employment, and Bill Curtis-Davidson, AI Lead for the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (P.E.A.T.) initiative at the U.S. Department of Labor. These three experts explored how voice technologies and in particular artificial intelligence (AI) provide unique new opportunities for workers with disabilities.

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Tags: AI, Diversity and Inclusion, Future of Work

Extended Reality Accessibility
M-Enabling Summit 2019
June 19, 2019
This session will review Extended Reality (XR) applications, wearable devices and services which provide users augmented views (AR) of their real-world environment or virtual reality experiences (VR) perceived across multiple senses, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory, and olfactory. The session will consider both the applicability of XR technologies for assistive solutions and the accessibility of mainstream XR applications for persons with disabilities.

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Tags: AR/VR, Diversity and Inclusion, Emerging Technology

1 Patent
Automated wayfinding of an accessible route
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)
March 06, 2018
Embodiments of the invention relate to selecting a path for navigation based on path accessibility. A set of one or more paths is generated, with each path including path elements associated with path traversal. A list of preference data is stored. A set of accessible paths is dynamically calculated, which includes evaluating elements of each path of the generated set against the list of preference data. The set of accessible paths is converted into a path selection. The path selection is navigated, which includes visually displaying the path selection.

Patent Number US9909880B2

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Tags: Big Data, Innovation, Smart Cities

1 Profile
Q&A With Bill Curtis-Davidson, Sr. Consultant for Emerging Tech Accessibility, Wheelhouse Group
Equal Entry, LLC
July 17, 2020
Accessibility Activist (Influencer) Profile by leading Digital Accessibility consulting firm, Equal Entry. Quote from Bill Curtis-Davidson: "When inclusively-designed, XR technologies hold enormous potential for people with disabilities and can help make every workplace more inclusive."

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Tags: AR/VR, Diversity and Inclusion, Emerging Technology

11 Speaking Engagements
Breakout: How to Bake Accessibility into XR-Based Training Apps
XR Association
November 04, 2021
Exploring how organizations developing or adopting XR training can integrate best practices for accessibility into design, development, and implementation processes.

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Tags: AR/VR, Diversity and Inclusion, Future of Work

Lightning Round: Priorities for an AR/VR Policy Agenda
Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and XR Association
October 21, 2021
In the last decade, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) have evolved from niche tools for enthusiasts and high-tech industries to more widely adopted communications technologies that have the potential to transform the way people communicate, collaborate, and learn. As AR/VR solutions gain traction across sectors, they will raise important policy considerations-some of which are already a part of broader tech policy discussions, while others will be unique to these technologies.

Through a series of expert talks and panels, this half-day virtual conference organized by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the XR Association explored the role of policy in AR/VR innovation and identify priority areas for policymakers to consider as these technologies continue to expand.

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Tags: AR/VR, Diversity and Inclusion, Future of Work

A Brave New World: Immersive Technologies and the Future of Work
Accessibility.com Accessibility Plus 2021 Conference
October 14, 2021
Extended Reality (XR) and immersive technologies are poised to reshape how businesses work. At its core, XR joins digital content with the physical world. As organizations accelerate their digital transformations, they can use XR to engage employees and customers in new ways and realize benefits such as improved job training and enhanced collaboration. To ensure people with disabilities can fully participate in this “brave new world”, XR tools must have accessibility features by design. In this talk, Bill Curtis-Davidson will share perspectives on this topic and outline broader community efforts to make sure XR technologies are “born accessible."

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Tags: AR/VR, Diversity and Inclusion, Future of Work

AI Fairness for Persons with Disabilities in Workplace Technologies
International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)
August 17, 2021
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing workplaces, having advanced rapidly in recent years alongside innovations in big data, machine learning, and computing power. This webinar will outline how AI-enabled technologies are being used in the workplace to screen job applicants, streamline application processes, provide training, support virtual/in-person communication and collaboration, and more. AI is also powering exciting innovations in assistive technology for people with disabilities. While AI holds tremendous potential for both employers and employees to make workplaces more inclusive, it also carries risks for people with disabilities related to privacy, ethics, and bias. In this webinar, participants will learn about key AI fairness, employment policy, and usage challenges, as well as understand promising practices for responsible and inclusive implementation of AI-enabled workplace technologies.

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Tags: AI, Diversity and Inclusion, Future of Work

Disability-Led Innovation in Future Workplaces
SXSW
March 16, 2021
Imagine a global economy that actively works to level the playing field across race, gender and class, and which also considers disability, the one dimension of diversity that crosses all others. How can we inclusively design technologies like AR and AI, that will power future augmented workplaces, so we don’t exclude 1.3B people with disabilities (PWDs)? How can we leverage the creativity, skills, and experiences of PWDs to design more usable future workplace tech? What role will disability play in helping businesses gain a competitive advantage? These questions, along with examples of business strategies and inclusive emerging tech, will be explored by a diverse panel: emerging tech accessibility policy consultant, leading futurist, innovative business strategist, and startup founder.

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Emerging Technology, Future of Work

Inclusive Telework, Today and Tomorrow
CSUN Assistive Technology Conference
March 12, 2021
Even pre-pandemic, telework was expanding. Learn existing resources to make telework more accessible, and help crowdsource ideas to make future virtual workplaces accessible by design.

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Tags: AR/VR, Diversity and Inclusion, Future of Work

Future Workplaces Enabled by Inclusive XR
CSUN Assistive Technology Conference
March 11, 2021
In future workplaces, XR technologies will be commonplace. Learn how platform providers and app developers are working to make XR accessible to employees with disabilities.

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Tags: AR/VR, Diversity and Inclusion, Future of Work

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Fairness for Persons with Disabilities in Workplace Technologies
ADA National Network
January 21, 2021
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing workplaces, having advanced rapidly in recent years alongside innovations in big data, machine learning and computing power. This webinar will outline how AI-enabled technologies are being used in the workplace to screen job applicants, streamline application processes, provide training, support virtual / in-person communication and collaboration and more. AI is also powering exciting innovations in assistive technology for people with disabilities. While AI holds tremendous potential for both employers and employees to make workplaces more inclusive, it also carries risks for people with disabilities related to privacy, ethics, and bias. In this webinar, participants will learn about key AI fairness, employment policy, and usage challenges, as well as understand promising practices for responsible and inclusive implementation of AI-enabled workplace technologies.

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Tags: AI, Diversity and Inclusion, Future of Work

Ideas for A11y Programs in XR Tech Companies
A11yVR Meetup
June 19, 2020
Various community-driven efforts are actively working to define accessibility user requirements, practices, and guidance for XR technologies and experiences. This talk will outline how XR technology companies can engage with these efforts and put in place accessibility programs to help make sure their products, content, and experiences are usable by the broadest number of users.

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Tags: AR/VR, Diversity and Inclusion, Innovation

The CVAA and Gaming: Your Legal Responsibilities
Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018
March 14, 2018
In this 2018 GDC session, advocates Bill Curtis-Davidson and Mark Barlet break down the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) in understandable terms to help game developers create accessible experiences when designing great new games.

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Tags: Customer Experience, Diversity and Inclusion, Legal and IP

IBM Accessible Air Travel Kiosk
IBM Human Ability & Accessibility Center / U.S. Access Board
September 12, 2011
Presentation on the innovative IBM Accessible Air Travel Kiosk, delivered as an invited expert lecture on September 12, 2011 at the U.S. Access Board Public Meeting in Dallas, Texas.

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Tags: Customer Experience, Diversity and Inclusion, Smart Cities

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