Visit Mesa was the first world's first Autism Certified Destination, and Alison Brooks, Director, Destination Experience and Advocacy introduced that groundbreaking message to travelers and the travel industry. Alison's passion is to collaborate with people identifying and implementing ways to evolve, and the Visit Mesa team, community and partners have accomplished revolutionary accessible and inclusive tourism initiatives. No matter where you are on your accessible tourism journey, Alison shares insights and motivations that can propel you forward.
Josh is a blind disability advocate, 20+ year adman and is completing a PhD focusing on advertising and disability. He serves on the Adweek Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, American Advertising Federation Mosaic Council, was awarded the AAF Silver Medal, recipient of the prestigious National Federation of the Blind scholarship, writes for Adweek, lectures at the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College and is published in Routledge’s Companion to Disability and Media.
Toby Willis is the Senior Product Manager for Inclusive Technology and President of the Ability Inclusion Movement at Expedia Group. Toby is building the Equal Productivity Access Program for employees, and consulting with retail teams to better include travelers with accessibility concerns. Toby enjoys hiking and traveling with his Guide Dog, Dazzler.