Commission 4: Technology and Accessibility

Dr Phil Harper (Australia)

International President of the Commission on Technology and Accessibility


Phil is currently Co-ordinator of World Federation of the Deaf’s Expert Panel on Accessibility – Technology and Sign Language and has been a member since 2003. He was International President of the Accessibility and Technology Commission at the WFD Congress in Brisbane, Australia in 1999 and in Istanbul, Turkey in 2015.  

Phil has been an advocate for human rights for deaf people for over 30 years with special interest in accessible technology, empowerment through leadership training and legislation. He has written several journal articles, presented at national and international conferences and has developed and facilitated many accessible technology and leadership training programs. Phil has attended international government and non-government meetings and conferences in relation to accessible technology on behalf of WFD.  
Phil gained his Doctorate of Philosophy from Deakin University, Burwood. Victoria in 2009 researching the impact of video relay interpreting on deaf people in the workplace. He also received a Churchill Fellowship in 1983. 
 
Phil currently works with Conexu Foundation as Community Liaison Manager. Other past employment included as Manager – Video Relay Interpreting Service with Vicdeaf and Manager of Deaf Victoria (State Deaf Advocacy and Information service). 
 
He is Past President and Board member, Deaf Sports Australia; a Life member of Deaf Australia, winner of Deaf Australia’s Deaf Achievers Award in 1996; member of Deaf Victoria since 1982; married with 4 children; Interests include travel, reading, bushwalking, sports and community advocacy; and, resides in Melbourne, Australia. 

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