Kurt Mattes is the Director of Accessibility at VFO™, the world’s leading assistive technology (AT) provider for the visually impaired. He strongly advocates for inclusive workplaces in this role, working to expand the company’s technology products and services to address the needs of all people.
Previously, Kurt worked on JP Morgan Chase’s (JPM) accessibility team, developing solutions that increased ATM access for people with vision and mobility disabilities. Also at JPM, Kurt established an accessibility IT team, assisted with crafting a company-wide accessibility policy, became a board member of the international accessibility employee networking group, and provided expert technical guidance to the firm-wide American Disabilities Act (ADA) Controls program.
He’s assisted numerous organizations, such as State Farm, Ally® Bank, Toys”R”Us®, and government agencies, to create accessible and inclusive applications, to develop accessibility programs, and to incorporate accessibility into their culture.
Kurt has been a member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group, as well as the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Task Force.