As the Assistive Technology/Accessibility Specialist for TBR, Philip Voorhees is responsible for conducting accessibility compliance testing, training designers and developers on using W3C standards, providing online accommodations with alternative media, as well as ensuring compliance and educating staff, designers, developers, and faculty on the application of ADA/504/508 legal obligations/guidance. Philip also provides assistance with general instructional design, development, and training as needed.
Philip started his career in assistive technologies and accessibility at Middle Tennessee State University as an AT coordinator to startup MTSU’s Assistive Technology Center. Philip has developed strategic plans for program access specifically addressing accessible instructional materials and assistive technologies at Northern Arizona University, Austin Peay State University, and now TN eCampus. Philip has served as an ADA consultant for specific TBR programs since 2001 and has consulted for various institutions, associations, tech companies and state programs including the University of Memphis, United States Distance Learning Association, Pearson, Elluminate and in 2014 served as the technical consultant on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) Accessibility Task Force for THEC’s recommendations to the Tennessee Legislature on Informational Materials and Technologies (IMT) accessibility for the University of Tennessee and TBR systems. Philip has presented at various international, national and state conferences including California State University of Northridge’s International Technology and Persons with Disabilities, AHEAD and the Tennessee Library Association.
Philip currently Co-Chairs the IMS Global Higher Education Accessibility Community of Practice with Christian Vinten-Johanson from Pennsylvania State University. He is an active member of:
The Association on Higher Education And Disabilities (AHEAD)
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)
The Assistive Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN)
Past President of Tennessee Association on Higher Education And Disabilities (TNAHEAD)