Conference Agenda

MONDAY, JUNE 12

TUESDAY, JUNE 13

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14

Day One: Monday, June 12, 2017 - IAAP Briefing Session

*8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – IAAP Exams (Separate registration required)

IAAP will be offering on-site proctored exam sessions for both the CPACC (Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies) Certification and WAS (Web Accessibility Specialist) Certificate. Accommodations will be provided upon request to candidates with disabilities. 

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Registration Opens and Welcome at Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Plenary Session

International Association of Accessibility Professionals
IAAP Kick-off: “Accessibility Drivers in the Global Marketplace”

Salon 4 | Advancing the Accessibility Profession

  • Welcome:  Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict
  • IAAP President’s kick-off remarks: Rob Sinclair, President of the Global Leadership Council of IAAP, will provide an overview of the progress made by IAAP over the past 12 months and the key directions set by its Strategy Council.
  • IAAP Dashboard:  Sharon Spencer, Managing Director of the IAAP will report on the latest IAAP activities and key metrics.
  • Update on IAAP and accessibility certification programs: In 2017, IAAP is launching new certifications.  Dr. Christopher Lee, Executive Director of AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center at Georgia Institute of Technology, who oversees the certification activities of IAAP on behalf of its Global Leadership Council, and Dr. Paul Bohman, Director of Training at Deque Systems and Chair of the IAAP Certification Committee Chair, will present the latest IAAP certification roadmap including existing and new upcoming certification paths.
  • Global trends in the accessibility profession: With the rapid progression of policies and programs to enforce ICT accessibility around the world, the search for qualified accessibility professionals is now a global challenge. IAAP Organizational Members from both the U.S. and overseas will share their most recent observations and suggestions for moving forward.
    • Susana Laurin, CEO, Funka
    • Shilpi Kapoor, Managing Director, BarrierBreak
    • Paul Smyth, Head of IT Accessibility, Barclay’s

2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. – Plenary Session

Salon 4 | Global Trends in Compliance

New regulations and policies in the United States, Europe and several major countries as well as new and updated standards set new accessibility requirements which governments and private sector organizations must comply with.  This session will provide an in-depth update on latest developments and what organizations need to know. 

Panel on Public Procurement: Section 508 Refresh, EN Standard, International Policy Developments, Implications for Organizations
Session Chair: John Combs, Senior Manager of Accessibility, Cisco Systems (invited)
Panelists:
  • David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board  
  • Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Deputy Head of Unit, Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Directorate General for Justice, European Commission
  • Anne Raish, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Ann Hoy, Assistant Deputy Minister, Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (invited)
  • James Thurston, Vice President, Global Strategy and Development, G3ict

3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Refreshment Break, Showcase Opens

Parallel Sessions | 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

IAAP Technical Track

Salon 3 | Towards WCAG 2.1 and 3.0

The W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has announced a plan to develop WCAG 2.1, which builds on but does not supersede WCAG 2.0. WCAG 2.0 became a W3C Recommendation on 11 December 2008 and serves as the leading resource for making web content accessible to users with disabilities.  It is referenced by accessibility policies of many countries and organizations, translated into twenty languages, and has become an ISO standard (ISO/IEC 40500:2012).  This session will discuss the reasons why such an update is necessary, which new specific areas will likely be covered by the new guidelines and how they will build on the existing WCAG 2.0.

Session Chair: Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Standards and Accessibility, Adobe
Panelists:
  • Judy Brewer, Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), W3C
  • Preety Kumar, CEO and Founder, Deque Systems
  • Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Deputy Head of Unit, Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Directorate General for Justice, European Commission
  • Kathy Wahlbin, Founder and CEO, Interactive Accessibility (invited)

IAAP Organization Track

Studio D | Digital Accessibility Legal Update

A fast-paced review of the current legal environment impacting digital accessibility. Come learn about court cases, Structured Negotiation settlements, agency activities, laws and regulations affecting web sites, mobile apps, kiosks, more. The session will look at digital accessibility legal developments affecting everyone — from Fortune 500 companies to academic institutions and government entities.

Introduction: Shilpi Kapoor, Managing Director, BarrierBreak
Speaker: Lainey Feingold, Law Office of Lainey Feingold

IAAP Technical Track

Studio E | The Shift to Universal Design: Challenges and Strategies

Traditional UX organizations have a set of practices and standards that need significant changes to adapt to a world of universal and accessible design. There are various challenges that range from the ideation and product strategy phase all the way to testing and research. At Expedia, we faced a lot of these challenges as we aimed to drive the shift to make universal design a core part of our process. As we discuss these challenges, we will share the strategies we used to tackle them and how we got Expedia UX to be an organization that puts Accessibility and Universal Design as front and center.

Co-Speakers: Zulka Ramirez, Information Architect, Expedia and Karli Swanson, Accessibility Engineer, Expedia

IAAP Technical Track

Studio F | Update and Considerations on Using the Latest Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) Specification

The WAI-ARIA Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, provides guidance for Web content and Web applications with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies which may not be accessible to persons with disabilities.  This presentation will provide a brief overview of WAI-ARIA, review what is new in ARIA 1.1, discuss how to avoid misusing ARIA and cover considerations for using ARIA in touch screen and responsive environments.  The goal of the presentation will be to help developers and those providing accessibility guidance to understand the power of ARIA and potential impact of misuse in the context of the latest version of this specification.

Speaker: Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, SSB BART Group

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Inclusive Higher Education Forum

Organized in the context of the M-Enabling Summit, this second edition of the Inclusive Higher Education Forum will facilitate the sharing of experiences in leveraging technology to make campus life and learning inclusive of faculty and students of all abilities. A must attend track offered to M-Enabling Summit participants, covering research, innovation, and mainstream digital accessibility accommodation strategies adopted by leading universities from around the world.

Studio B | ICT Accessibility in Higher Ed: Global Progress

Universities are at the forefront of work toward accessibility of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). What progress has occurred in ICT Accessibility in Higher Education within the global community? This session will focus on recent a global ICT survey, initiatives and milestones of the accessible digital content, trends for the Marrakesh Treaty and International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The session will also highlight global efforts of Teach Access to integrate ICT accessibility education into university curricula.

Session Chair: To be announced  
Panelists: To be announced

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Inclusive Higher Education Forum

Studio B | ICT Accessibility in Higher Ed: Success Factors

How do institutions of Higher Education implement the adoption of accessible ICTs? This session will introduce a model for a systemic process for institutions to engage all university stakeholders in supporting inclusion and ICT accessibility and will showcase the strategies used by two leading institutions using similar strategic implementation models.  What are the core issues regarding ICT Accessibility campus testing and certification?

Session Chair: To be announced  
Panelists:
  • Cheryl Pruitt, Director, Accessible Technology Initiative, California State University, Chancellor's Office (invited)
  • Chris Law, Ph.D., President, Accessibility Track Consulting LLC, User Tester Program Initiative
  • Sam Evans, IAAP Certification Manager, IAAP Certification Initiative

5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – IAAP Speed Networking Event / Showcase

The Speed Networking event is a fun format designed to accelerate many business contacts in a short period of time.  Participants are given an opportunity to spend a few minutes with each other in a series of brief exchanges during a set period of time. During an interaction, attendees share their professional backgrounds and business goals. This is held on Monday evening of the 2.5-day conference so that individuals who make connections on Monday can then pursue more in-depth meetings later during the conference. 

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Day Two: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - M-Enabling Summit

M-Enabling Summit Opens

7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – Registration

8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
Keynote: To be announced

9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom

Plenary Panel: The Future of Accessibility with Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Assistive Technologies have relied for many decades on user’s input to operate.  However, the advent of artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and robotics now enables assistive technologies to understand the user needs and anticipate their needs without user input and to performs functions in lieu of human support.  How far can we envision those trends to bring us?  Which products and services are already taking advantage of those technologies?  What are the implication for care services?  Which risks may be appearing including loss of human interaction and privacy?

Session Chair:  Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
Panelists:
  • Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect, Amazon Lab 126
  • Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft (invited)
  • Drew LaHart, Program Director, Accessibility Competency and Enablement, IBM Research
  • Additional panelists to be announced

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. | Showcase Time and Refreshment Break
Showcase opens at 10:30 a.m.
Hosted by Kelley Drye
Offered between sessions, the Summit refreshment breaks will allow participants to network and meet in the conveniently located showcase area outside the conference meeting rooms.

Parallel Sessions | 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Track: Innovation in Enabling Environments

Studio B | What’s Up with the IoT and Consumer Electronics?

The Internet of Things (IoT) seems to bring considerable promises to improving the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities.  However, it remains unclear whether this is happening or whether the adoption of IoT products and services by users is more challenging than initially thought.  To answer those questions, this session will examine success stories of IoT based assistive and accessible products and services for seniors and persons with disabilities and discuss the role of mainstream consumer electronics products in promoting the usage of the IoT.

Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists: 
  • Samsung
  • Comcast
  • Aaron Bangor, Lead Accessible Technology Architect, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T
  • IBM/Watson
  • Amazon
  • Steve Tyler, Head, Innovation and Development, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) (invited)

Track: Accessibility for Better Branding

Studio D | Enhancing Branding and Market Share with Accessible Communications and Web Sites

One third of households worldwide has a direct hands-on experience of disability through a family member or person they take care of who lives with a disability.  While companies focus on building their brands on consistent and positive customer experience, little attention is generally paid by marketing experts to accessibility as a strong element of brand building.  This session will explore why and how major organizations successfully integrate accessibility in their products, services and web site design, and the impact that such strategies have on their business. 

Session Chair: Debra Ruh, CEO and Founder, Ruh Global Communications
Panelists:
  • Doug Foresta, Stand Out and Be Heard
  • Fernando S. Pardeiro, COO, Inclusite
  • eSSENTIAL Accessibility
  • Honeywell
  • Canon

Track: End User Solutions

Studio E | Cognitive and Learning

This session will cover the fast-expanding sector of mobile apps and services available to users with cognitive or learning impairments.   After a kick-off presentation assessing the main advances of assistive mobile apps and services for this group of users, the session will review innovative solutions in a panel format. 

Session Chair: Abe Rafi, Director of Digital Strategy and Online Services, The ARC
Kick-off Overview of Available Apps and Devices: Sabine Lobnig, Deputy Director, Communications & Regulations, Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF)
Panelists: To be announced

Track: Connected Citizens

Studio F | Security and Privacy for Assistive Solutions

Assistive technologies increasingly rely on cloud-based solutions and various types of unsecure connectivity.  Can the identities, profiles, preferences personal habits of seniors and persons with disabilities using those apps and services be adequately protected?  To which extent are users conscious and willing to share their personal information and can the risks be clearly communicated to users? 

Session Chair: Jutta Treviranus, Professor, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), Director and Founder, Inclusive Design Institute
Panelists:
  • Gregg Vanderheiden, Founder, Raising the Floor/GPII & Director, Trace R&D Center, University of Maryland (invited)
  • CTA
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Track: IAAP Technical Session

Salon 3 | The Latest in Automated Tools for Accessibility

This session will review the current tools for automating accessibility checks and audits.  It will also discuss new innovations and technology that will enhance the ability to automate the process in the future.

Session Chair:  Paul Smyth, Head of IT Accessibility, Barclay’s
Panelists:
  • PG “Ram” Ramachandran, Program Director, Accessibility Technology & Innovation, IBM Research & Master Inventor  
  • Deque Systems
  • Tim Springer, CEO, SSB BART Group

Track: Ecosystem Prospective

Salon 5-6 | Optimizing the User Experience with 5G Networks

5G is the next generation wireless technology currently planned for a post 2020 horizon.  If 5G promises come true, very high bandwidth, ultra-low latency, the capacity to handle several connections simultaneously and networks availability will be considerably enhanced.  This session will discuss the opportunities that 5G networks will open for seniors, persons with disabilities and how they may enhance assistive technologies and services such as m-health and smart cities environments.  The session will also look at which specific technologies and features will be required to fully take advantage of 5G networks including small cells technology.

Session Chair:  Mary Brooner, Principal, MB Consulting LLC
Panelists:
  • Kara Romagnino, Director, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Track: Expert Briefing Session

Salon 7 | VFO Group  

Speaker: Matt Ater, Vice President, Enterprise Compliance, VFO™

12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Showcase Time and Lunch Break
Hosted by CTIA 
Offered buffet style, the Summit lunch will allow participants to network and meet in a conveniently located showcase area with the opportunity, weather permitting, to enjoy the terraces of the conference center with vistas of the Capital.

Parallel Sessions | 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Track: Innovation in Enabling Environments

Studio B | Real Time Ridesharing, Robotaxi and Self-Driving Cars

In a short period, mobility obstacles for seniors and persons with disabilities due to the unavailability of personalized modes of transportation are being removed by technology based solutions.  This session will examine the latest progress made by new forms of “anytime, anywhere” technology based services: ridesharing companies, robotaxis and automated shuttle services as well as self-driving cars and what can be expected soon. 

Session Chair: Susan Mazrui, Director, Public Policy, AT&T
Panelists:
  • Malcolm Glenn, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Uber Technologies
  • Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Track: Accessibility for Better Branding

Studio D | People with Disabilities as ICT Consumers: Taking Market Research Seriously

Anecdotes indicate that only a small minority of people with disabilities are actually using the ICT accessibility solutions that are available to them; the demand problem is more serious than the supply problem. A new public-private partnership on quantitative market research is exploring how people with disabilities inform themselves, decide, and act in the ICT market; and what can be done to improve practical results, through commercial and public policy initiatives.

Session Chair: Neil Milliken, Head of Accessibility and Digital Inclusion, Atos (invited)
Panelists:
  • Kevin Carey, Chair, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
  • Larry Goldberg, Senior Director, Accessible Media, Yahoo
  • Jim Tobias, President, Inclusive Technologies

Track: End User Solutions

Studio E | Designing for Seniors  

Considering seniors’ abilities when designing applications and services is a complex endeavor, yet of considerable importance for organizations dealing with many aging customers.  Yet, “Killer apps” for technology adept seniors such as WhatsApp, Skype or Facebook show that Seniors enjoy digital services.  Accessibility challenges, however, are most difficult to deal with for older persons affected by a progressive loss of sensorial, physical and cognitive abilities.  Where an alternative mode of communication may work for a young adult with a disability, it may not for an older person with simultaneously declining faculties.  Cognitive overload and loss of short term memory are added challenges.  Based on success cases, this session will explore how to approach the complex market of seniors for digital products and services and how to factor in accessibility considerations.

Session Chair: Ruoyi Zhou, Ph.D., Director, Accessibility Research, IBM Research
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Connected Citizens

Studio F | Social Media and Collaborative Platforms

The accelerated rate of adoption of social media by seniors and persons with disabilities has a profound impact on their lives. This session will look at the many ways social media benefits seniors and persons with disabilities from family and social activities, work, education, health and wellness, safety to advocacy or simply breaking isolation and seclusion due to lack of mobility.  Panelists will review examples of most successful social media activities and how major social media services are adapting their offerings to make them more accessible, usable and relevant to this fast-growing group of social media users.

Session Chair:  Emily Ladau, Communications Consultant, Concepts, Inc.
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: IAAP Technical Session

Salon 3 | Setting Standards for Accessibility Testing

This session will review the standards for testing for accessibility and how to evaluate the different testing approaches.  It will challenge many assumptions about accessibility testing.  In addition, it will discuss the place of testing within an organization’s development lifecycle and the role that the accessibility professional should play.

Co-Speakers: Chris M. Law, Ph.D., President, Accessibility Track Consulting, LLC; and Norman Robinson

Track: Ecosystem Prospective

Salon 5-6 | Financing the Assistive Technology Ecosystem

While innovators in fields such as medical devices, consumer electronics or biotechnologies have attracted significant venture capital, few assistive technology companies have successfully done so.  This session will feature venture capital fund managers who have invested in assistive technologies, entrepreneurs who run assistive technology companies funded by venture capital and discuss how the assistive technology sector may position itself to attract more venture capital. 

Session Chair: To be announced  
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Expert Briefing Session

Salon 7 | JAN – University of West Virginia (Workplace Accommodation App)

Session Leader:  Lou Orslene, Co-Director of the Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. | Showcase Time and Refreshment Break
Hosted by 
Offered between sessions, the Summit refreshment breaks will allow participants to network and meet in the conveniently located showcase area outside the conference meeting rooms.

Parallel Sessions | 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Track: Innovation in Enabling Environments

Studio B | Robotics Solutions  

Robots are at the cutting edge of technology for persons with disabilities.  Some robots may be designed to look like humanoids but are most often regular machines controlled by a computer and programmed to carry out complex series of actions automatically for the benefit of their users. While in the domain of science fiction till recently, robots are now entering the consumer electronics market place with advanced features allowing them to interpret various clues from their environment and respond to voice commands.  For seniors and persons with motor disabilities, a robot can be of tremendous help at home, at work and in all circumstances.  This session will explore the burgeoning market for robots and the type of services likely to be most successful among seniors and persons with disabilities. 

Session Chair:  To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Accessibility for Better Branding

Studio D | Best in Class Accessibility Solutions for Consumer Markets, A Fortune 500 Scorecard

This last session of the “Accessibility for Better Branding” will review the methodology and results of a web site accessibility survey conducted by “My Blind Spot” with a Fortune 500 Scorecard identifying the best web sites among large companies from an accessibility and usability standpoint.  Winners in major categories such as financial services, government, travel and e-commerce will be invited to share their experience and answer questions from the audience. 

Session Chair: Albert J. Rizzi, Founder and CEO, My Blind Spot
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: End User Solutions

Studio E | Blind and Low Vision

This session will cover the fast-expanding sector of mobile apps and services available to users with visual impairments.  After a kick-off presentation assessing the main advances of assistive mobile apps and services for this group of users, the session will review innovative solutions in a panel format. 

Session Chair: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Kick-off Overview of Available Apps and Devices: Sabine Lobnig, Deputy Director, Communications & Regulations, Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF)
Panelists: 
  • Amazon
  • Aira
  • Matt Ater, Vice President, Enterprise Compliance, VFO™
  • Sean Tibbet, CEO, Cyber Timez

Track: Connected Citizens

Studio F | Smart Cities, Accessible Environments and TNCs

Making Smart Cities Disability and Age inclusive requires the involvement of public and private sector stakeholders including local government agencies, banks, transportation companies and a variety of local cultural, commercial or social services.  With the advent of 5G high performance networks, Smart Cities services are poised to expand dramatically.  How to ensure that they are designed accessible and to best serve seniors and persons with disabilities by those multiple stakeholders is therefore of paramount importance.   This session will examine solutions currently deployed by cities around the world identified by the research program launched by G3ict and World Enabled at the 2016 M-Enabling Summit with the support of Microsoft. 

Session Chair: James Thurston, Vice President, Global Strategy and Development, G3ict
Panelists:
  • Mohammed Yousuf, Office of Operations R&D, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Megan Lawrence, Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
  • AT&T
  • Wayfindr

Track: IAAP Technical Session

Salon 3 | Mobile Web and Native Apps: Accessibility Requirements and Directions

Mobile web and Native Apps should be designed with accessibility in mind, including ensuring interfaces with the multiple accessibility features provided by iOS, Android and other mobile operating systems.  This session will examine how those requirements should be met for both types of apps, how current industry trends may influence accessible app design, and the benefits for organizations using mobile web to leverage the large overlap between mobile web guidelines and WCAG. 

Speaker: Deque Systems

Track: Ecosystem Prospective  

Salon 5-6 | Higher Ed Good Practices in Teaching Accessibility

Teaching accessibility within higher education is essential to prepare our workforce to produce inclusive and accessible products and services. This session will explore how various universities are addressing this need.  Good practices in teaching accessibility are more widely available now through Massive On-Line Courses (MOOCs) and other resources.

Session Chair: Gottfried Zimmerman, Ph.D., Hochshule Der Medien, Stuttgart, Germany
Panelists: To be announced

4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancements in Accessibility
In its sixth edition, the Chairman’s Awards for Advancements in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA), part of the FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative (A&I Initiative), honors outstanding private and public sector ventures that advance accessibility for persons with disabilities. Ventures include mainstream or assistive technologies introduced into the marketplace, development of standards, and implementation of best practices that foster accessibility. After the ceremony, winners will have the opportunity to share their innovations during a “winner-mixer” with all Summit attendees.

Keynote Speaker:  Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

5:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
Introduction: Ron Akins, Senior Vice President, E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc.
Greetings by Cocktail Host: Preety Kumar, CEO and Founder, Deque Systems

5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Showcase Time and Cocktail Reception
Hosted by: Deque Systems

The Summit’s Cocktail Reception will allow participants to network and meet in a conveniently located showcase area with the opportunity, weather permitting, to enjoy the terraces of the conference center with vistas of the Capital.

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Day Three: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - M-Enabling Summit

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – Registration

8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
Opening Remarks, Keynote: To be announced

Plenary Panel: New Partnerships for Accessibility

The accessible and assistive technologies eco-system experiences a rapid evolution driven by innovation and the emergence of new categories of technology providers: Mobile app developers and service providers, IoT, robotics, consumer electronics companies, academic researchers who all play a critical role in providing new solutions for seniors and persons with disabilities in addition to traditional participants in the Assistive Technology Industry.  This panel will discuss how those players can work together to maximize outreach, promote interoperability, “thinking out of the box” new types of collaboration for the future.

Session Chair:  Kevin Carey, Chairman, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Panelists:
  • Malcom Glenn, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Uber Technologies
  • Pat Romzek, Cisco Systems Vice President, Worldwide Cloud Strategy and Operations and LifeChanger Founder
  • Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility and Multicultural - Technology and Product, Comcast
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Parallel Sessions | 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Track: Knowledge Contents Accessibility  

Studio B | Brainstorming: How to Foster the Adoption of Accessibility Curricula?

With increasing requirements for access to accessible ICT in education, employment and community settings, what should universities be doing to equip students with the knowledge and skills to understand, design, implement and evaluate the accessibility of ICTs for living, working and learning? This session will explore the promising practices, gaps and needs from around the world, and what steps can be taken to advance ICT accessibility education within university curricula.

Facilitator: To be announced
Facilitators for Round Tables: To be announced

Track: Scaling-Up Accessibility

Studio D | Innovative Services from Mobile Operators around the World

Mobile service providers play a considerable role in the promotion of accessible technologies by promoting accessible handsets and services but also by offering new services specifically designed for seniors or persons with disabilities.  From the United States to France, Italy, Turkey, Colombia or Africa, the diversity of innovative solutions brought to market is astounding.  This session will review some of the most intriguing innovative services offered by mobile service providers in different countries.

Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists: 
  • Mark Balsano, Deputy Chief Accessibility Officer, AT&T
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Track: End User Solutions

Studio E | Deaf and Hard of Hearing

This session will cover the fast-expanding sector of mobile apps and services available to users who are deaf or hard of hearing.  After a kick-off presentation assessing the main advances of assistive mobile apps and services for this group of users, the session will review innovative solutions in a panel format.

Session Chair: Claude Stout, Executive Director, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)
Kick-off Overview of Available Apps and Devices: Sabine Lobnig, Deputy Director, Communications & Regulations, Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF)

Panelists: 
  • Sprint Federal Relay
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Track: From Labs to the Marketplace

Studio F | To be announced

Track: Health, Safety and Smart Living

Salon 3 | Health and Home Care Apps and Services

Technology, quality of life, safety and economic factors are converging to boost the growth of health care apps, remote health care and home support services for seniors and persons with disabilities.  This session will provide an overview of apps and services that had the most success with seniors and persons with disabilities.  The session will discuss success factors in adoption including the accessibility of mainstream m-Health apps and remote home services.

Session Chair: Brian Scarpelli, Senior Policy Counsel, ACT - The App Association (invited)
Panelists:  To be announced 

Track: IAAP Organization Session

Salon 5 | Re-Think Employment Based on Ability- How Innovation Enables Scalable Difference

This session will examine new and disruptive thinking and approaches to employment with focus on individual ability.  Panelists will share their perspective, experience and examples of how new innovative leadership, process and technology solution enable a different employment outcome, at scale. 

Session Chair: Frances West, Founding Principal, franceswest.co   
Panelists:
  • Megan Lawrence, Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft 
  • Suman Kanuganti, Founder and CEO, Aira 
  • Kimberly King, Co-Founder, One Island Institute
  • Albert J. Rizzi, CEO, MyBlindSpot 
  • Pat Romzek, Cisco Systems Vice President, Worldwide Cloud Strategy and Operations and LifeChanger Founder
  • Jason Taylor, Chief Innovation Strategist, Usablenet 

10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. | Showcase Time and Refreshment Break
Hosted by 
Offered between sessions, the Summit refreshment breaks will allow participants to network and meet in the conveniently located showcase area outside the conference meeting rooms.

Parallel Sessions | 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Track: Knowledge Contents Accessibility

Studio B | Accessibility Progress in Digital Book Publishing

With the merger of the International Digital Publisher’s Forum and W3C, the potential for universally accessible publishing may be one step closer to becoming reality.  This session will examine the actual progress made by publishers in implementing accessibility standards, how the adoption of the Marrakech Treaty is evolving internationally, and what are the likely outcomes of the merger between the IDPF and W3C. 

Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists: 
  • Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Standards and Accessibility, Adobe (invited)
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Track: Scaling-Up Accessibility

Studio D | Real Time Text: A Roadmap for Global Adoption

Real Time Text (RTT) is one of the most important promises of mobile devices and services for deaf users.  By allowing real time conversations, RTT brings a whole new dimension to mobile communications including for social, educational, business and emergency situations.  Yet, while RTT is very much on the priority list of deaf advocates, global standardization and harmonization has not occurred yet, which may cause a detrimental lack of interoperability among services and systems.  This session will attempt to present the status of current standardization efforts, and discuss possible paths to resolving the current lack of harmonization with the participation of representatives of major international standardization organizations.

Session Chair: Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Panelists: 
  • Aaron Bangor, Lead Accessible Technology Architect, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T
  • ITU-T
  • Suzy Rosen Singleton, Chief, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Christian Vogler, Director, Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University
  • Kellye Drye & Warren LLP

Track: End User Solutions

Studio E | Mobility and Dexterity

This session will review the latest mobile apps and services designed for users with mobility or dexterity impairments.  After a kick-off presentation assessing the main technological advances of assistive mobile apps and services addressing physical barriers, the session will review recently released solutions in a panel format. 

Session Chair: Ben Lippincott, Project Director, Industry & Consumer Education/Outreach/Support, Wireless RERC, Georgia Institute of Technology
Kick-off Overview of Available Apps and Devices: Sabine Lobnig, Deputy Director, Communications & Regulations, Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF)

Panelists: 
  • Gary Birch, Executive Director, Neil Squire Society (Canada)
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Track: From Labs to the Marketplace

Studio F | Standards for Navigation Apps and Services

The considerable success of navigation apps and services on mobile devices used by everyone carries much promises for persons with disabilities.  This session will examine why and how standardization of navigation apps and services may bring substantial benefits to users and service providers.  An update of current standardization efforts will be presented, followed by a discussion among users, app developers and service providers.

Session Chair: Tom Pey, Chair, Wayfindr and CEO of RLSB
Panelists:
  • Mohammed Yousuf, Office of Operations R&D, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
  • Mike May, CEO, Sendero Group
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Track: Health, Safety and Smart Living

Salon 3 | Closing the Gap in Senior User Adoption

Fostering the adoption of accessible and assistive technologies and services by seniors is a difficult endeavor due to cultural, generational and disability factors.  Of concern are the changes that occur during the aging process, with individuals acquiring multiple disabilities making conventional alternative communications methods ineffective.  This session will discuss the experience of organizations focused on informing and training seniors in the use of various technology tools with the participation of service providers and representatives of senior organizations.

Session Chair: Gary M. Kaye, Chief Content Officer, Tech50+

Panelists: 
  • Amy VanDeVelde, National Connections Program Manager, The OASIS Institute
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Track: IAAP Organization Session

Salon 5 | Fostering an Accessibility Culture

Organizations with the best track record in providing accessible products and services and an accessible work environment focus on developing an internal awareness among management and employees about disability, user experience and accessibility.  This session will discuss the steps and methods that organizations can take to develop an accessibility culture, making accessibility an integral part of their way of doing things.  The successes and lessons learned at McDonald’s will be shared.

Speaker:  Sheri Byrne-Haber, Senior Manager, Global Accessibility, McDonald’s

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Showcase Time and Lunch Break
Hosted by
Offered buffet style, the Summit lunch will allow participants to network and meet in a conveniently located showcase area with the opportunity, weather permitting, to enjoy the terraces of the conference center with vistas of the Capital.

Parallel Sessions | 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Track: Knowledge Contents Accessibility

Studio B | Accessible Media on the Internet: A New Paradigm

The development of media over the Internet presents considerable accessibility challenges due to unregulated environments in most countries.  Solutions leveraging web technologies, however are available to make contents accessible.  This session will review and discuss the progress made by innovative media platforms and content providers in offering accessibility features which allow persons of different abilities to enjoy media over the internet. 

Session Chair: To be announced 
Panelists:
  • Larry Goldberg, Senior Director, Accessible Media, Yahoo
  • Amazon
  • Comcast
  • Netflix

Track: Scaling-Up Accessibility

Studio D | Financial Services Accessibility: From Compliance to Customer Satisfaction and Market Development

Financial Services are one of the most important enablers of independent living for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. With the aging of the population, the number of financial services clients living with disabilities is steadily increasing.   This session will review the latest developments occurred around the world from a compliance, innovation and market development perspective.  It will also look at some of the most important innovations which are changing the way people bank and communicate, including via versatile mobile devices with excellent accessibility features.  An overview and discussion of the awareness raising and good practices sharing activities of the G3ict Financial Services Taskforce will ensue.

Session Chair: To be announced 
Panelists:
  • ING
  • Wells Fargo
  • Credit Suisse
  • Barclay’s
  • CIBS
  • Scotiabank

Track: End User Solutions

Studio E | Wearable Computing Solutions

With the miniaturization of wireless components, low power consumption and battery technologies, wearable technologies are generating an entirely new generation of assistive solutions. This session will look at the most recent innovative products available in the marketplace, such as watches, bracelets, buttons, pins, fabrics for clothes, glasses, sensors which support a wide area of assistive applications.  The session will discuss which applications of wearable technologies can really benefit Seniors and Persons with Disabilities and provide an overview of available solutions and look at a selection of best in class devices and applications. 

Session Chair: Gartner Research
Panelists:  To be announced 

Track: From Labs to the Marketplace

Studio F | To be announced

Track: Health, Safety and Smart Living

Salon 3 | Smart Homes and Appliances

Smart Homes can enhance the independent living of seniors and persons with disabilities.  Among popular practical tools now available on the market place are remotely control and program switches, thermostats, lights, entertainment devices, including television, and multiple home appliances with wireless connections. Smart homes also include automated safety and alert features enabled by mobile devices, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Panelists will present solutions and their implementation in support of seniors and persons with disabilities.

Session Chair: Mike May, CEO, Sendero Group
Panelists:
  • Comcast
  • Panasonic
  • Amazon
  • Mauricio Meza, Co-Founder, Komodo OpenLab (Canada)
  • Sandy Hanebrink, Executive Director at Touch the Future/ReBoot, Inc. (House Mate) (invited)

Track: IAAP Organization Session

Salon 5 | Accessibility Competency Requirements Throughout an Organization

From information systems to procurement, product design, marketing, customer services and compliance, accessibility core competencies are required in multiple functions throughout an organization.  This session, presented by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals’ Individual Professional Development Committee, will provide a detailed roadmap of which skills are required in different functions and how to provide adequate resources and programs to develop those. Following the presentation, facilitators will guide round table discussions about accessibility competencies for various roles. A brief report from each round table discussion will give the audience an opportunity to learn from everyone.

Facilitator: Cyndi Rowland, Ph.D., Director WebAIM; National Center on Disability and Access to Education, Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah State University
Presentation: Kathy Wahlbin, CEO and Founder, Interactive Accessibility
Facilitators for Round Tables:
  • Kathy Wahlbin, CEO and Founder, Interactive Accessibility
  • Ricardo Bahamonde Garcia, Strategic Development Director, AMAC Accessibility Solutions & Research Center, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Paul Bohman, Ph.D., Director of Training, Deque Systems and IAAP Certification Committee Chair 
  • Jutta Treviranus, Professor, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), Director and Founder, Inclusive Design Institute (invited)

3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
Closing: “What’s Next for Accessibility Innovations: Top Predictions from Participants”

Back in 2017 by popular demand, the closing session of the M-Enabling Summit will present and discuss participants’ top predictions in matters of technologies, policies and transformations of the accessible and assistive technologies eco-system.  Not to be missed, a precious real world perspective and roadmap built on the wisdom of one of the most knowledgeable group of experts and practitioners in accessibility.

Moderated by: To be announced
With the participation of: To be announced

M-Enabling 2018 Agenda and Concluding Remarks

Adjournment, Showcase Closes

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Program Committee Coordination:

  • Francesca Cesa Bianchi
    Vice President, Institutional Relations
    G3ict
    Tel. 678-534-8518
    fcesabianchi@g3ict.org
Conference Registration

Special Event:

FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

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