Deborah Kaplan

508 Policy Lead and 508 Coordinator
Department of Health and Human Services


Deborah Kaplan has been involved in technology accessibility for many years and in a variety of roles. At the World Institute on Disability, where she also served as Executive Director for 8 years, she pioneered projects on technology policy focused on universal design in technology as a goal. She headed the Accessibility Technology Initiative for the California State University System, and she currently is the Section 508 Policy Lead in the Office of the Chief Information Technology Officer at the U.S. Health and Human Services Agency. She is also on the Executive Committee of the CIO Council Accessibility Community of Change. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).