Comcast has hired Tom Wlodkowski, who previously headed AOL's efforts to make Internet services accessible to people with disabilities, in the newly created role of vice president of accessibility.
At Comcast, Wlodkowski will be in charge of developing a strategic plan focused on the usability of the MSO's products and services by people with disabilities. He reports to Charlie Herrin, Comcast Cable senior vice president of product design and development.
Wlodkowski was director of accessibility at AOL for the past decade. While at the Internet company, 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.
"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 in a statement. "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 holds a bachelor of arts degree from Boston College. He 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. Previously, he served on the FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee and the board of trustees for the National Braille Press.
Currently based in the Washington, D.C., area, Wlodkowski will relocate to Philadelphia with his wife and son, Comcast said.