William Peterson

Executive Director
Office of Accessible Systems & Technology-Department of Homeland Security


William Peterson is the Director, Office of Accessible Systems and Technology within the Department of Homeland Security. He has held this position since 2005. In this role he is responsible for providing the DHS vision, leadership, direction, and strategic planning necessary to ensure that DHS information technology systems and data are accessible to employees and customers with disabilities in a manner that complies with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and other Federal Acts, Memorandums, Circulars, Executive Orders, and Presidential Directives dealing with accessible electronic and information technology (EIT).Prior to joining Homeland Security William served as a Program Manager within the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). In this role he was a principle scientific program manager for national and international programs in the areas of biomedical and rehabilitation engineering. He managed the agencys $20 million Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) program and served as program officer for numerous projects pertaining to universal design, accessible technology, and engineering