Comcast Cable announced this morning that it had hired Thomas Wlodkowski for the newly created position of vice president of accessibility.
In his new job, Comcast said Wlodkowski is tasked with developing a strategic plan focused on the usability of Comcast's products and services by people with disabilities, as well as to pursue opportunities to further enrich the customer experience for the disability community. He reports to Charlie Herrin, senior vice president of product design and development at Comcast Cable.
"Comcast is developing new and innovative communication technologies at a rate that is faster than ever before. It is extremely important that our products and services are easily available and functional for everyone to be able to use these technologies that have become essential for communication, education and entertainment," Herrin said. "We are thrilled to have Tom join our team as he brings a wealth of knowledge that will help us to better serve our customers with disabilities through our new and current products."
Wlodkowski joined Comcast from AOL, where he led accessibility efforts for the past decade. While at AOL, he oversaw the launch of AIM Relay, which allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech disabled to place phone calls to their friends and family through telecommunication relay services.
Wlodkowski currently sits on the board of trustees for the American Foundation for the Blind and is a member of the Loudoun County Disability Services board. He previously served on the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee and the board of trustees for the National Braille Press.