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June 17 - 19, 2019 | Washington, DC
E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. website G3ict websiteInternational Association of Accessibility website

Conference Agenda

MONDAY, JUNE 17

TUESDAY, JUNE 18

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19

Monday, June 17

Registration | 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Grand Ballroom | Opening Plenary Session | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks
  • Kara Krause, Executive Vice President, Event Marketing and Communications, E.J. Krause & Associates Inc.
  • Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Vice President, Institutional Relations, G3ict
Introduction of keynote speaker by Frances West, Founder, FrancesWestCo
Keynote: Neil Romano, Chairman, National Council on Disability
Introductory Remarks: Axel Leblois, President, G3ict

Innovation for End Users: Too much or Not Enough?

A review and discussion of the actual level of adoption and impact of most recent accessible information technology innovations for seniors and persons with disabilities.
Session Chair: Sharron Rush, Executive Director, Knowbility
Panelists:
  • Kiran Kaja, Technical Program Manager, Search Accessibility, Google
  • Peter Korn, Director, Accessibility, Amazon Lab126
  • Sarah Herrlinger, Director, Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives, Apple
  • Anne Taylor, Supportability Director, Accessibility, Microsoft

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Exhibitor Showcase Opens, Networking Break hosted by:

Verbit website

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

Grand Ballroom | Tech and Employment

Innovations in physical and virtual workplaces coupled with the mainstreaming of accessibility features in many off the shelf technology products open new avenues for the employment of Persons with Disabilities.  This session will feature experts with both end user and industry perspectives who will discuss the most impactful tech trends for the accessibility of work environments.
Session Chair: Mike May, Executive Director, Envision Workforce Innovation Center
Panelists:
  • Lou Orslene, Co-Director, JAN
  • Jennifer Taylor, VP, U.S. Jobs, CTA
  • Josh Christianson, Project Director PEAT, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Dan Ellerman, Inclusion and Diversity Senior Manager, Accenture
  • Kevin A. Grogg, Assistive Technologies Service Owner, EY

Studio B | Higher Education | Campus Accessibility Decentralization and Professional Employee Certification

Too often accessibility expertise is isolated in one or more departments.   Learn how a campus used a decentralized approach aimed to create campus-wide ICT accessibility subject matter expertise in the areas of testing, purchasing, application development, and communications; find out how a university incorporated the IAAP’s certification program campus-wide. 
Co-Speakers:
  • Mary Albert, Associate Director, User Experience Office, Princeton University
  • Damian Sian, Senior Web Accessibility Advisor, Princeton University

Studio D | Interoperable Video Calling: The Future of Telecommunications

Under the direction of the FCC, the North American Numbering Council has established the Interoperable Video Calling Working Group.  This Working Group, which consists of members representing a broad continuum of stakeholders – including but not limited to telephone network carriers, multimedia conferencing platform providers, and telecommunication relay service providers – has been tasked with exploring how to facilitate the provision of interoperable telephone number-based video calling, which could allow increased use of video calling for both hearing individuals and people with hearing and speech disabilities using different, otherwise-incompatible equipment and services.  FCC co-chairs will facilitate a panel discussion comprised of Working Group members who will share their insights and findings over the course of this effort.
Session Co-Chairs: Robert McConnell, Telecommunications Accessibility Analyst, Disability Rights Office, CGAB. FCC and Michael Scott, Attorney Advisor, Disability Rights Office, CGAB, FCC
Panelists:
  • David Bahar, Co-Chair, Interoperable Video Calling Working Group of the North American Numbering Council
  • Matt Gerst, Co-Chair, Interoperable Video Calling Working Group of the North American Numbering Council
  • Marilyn Jones, North American Numbering Council Designed Federal Officer, Federal Communications Commission

Studio E | Collaborative Success Stories

This session will review case studies of real-world collaborations between unexpected partners to develop original and effective accessible solutions, overcoming traditional barriers and driving innovation from users’ experience.
Session Chair: Eric Bridges, Executive Director, American Council of the Blind
Panelists:
  • Robin Spinks, Innovation Through Partnerships Manager, RNIB
  • Will Schell, Attorney Advisor, Disability Rights Office, CGAB, FCC
  • Jim Brasher, Software Development Manager, Cisco
  • Henry Mejía Royet, Director General, National Federation of the Deaf of Colombia-FENASCOL

Studio F | Artificial Intelligence for User Interfaces

While many accessibility features are available today on popular devices, many are unknown by users who could benefit from them.  This session will discuss how AI can close this gap by learning users’ abilities and optimizing their experience.
Session Chair: Shilpi Kapoor, Founder and CEO, BarrierBreak
Panelists:
  • Jutta Treviranus, Professor, Director and Founder, Inclusive Design Institute, OCAD U
  • Megan Lawrence, Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
  • Phill Jenkins, Accessibility Executive and Senior Engineer, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software

Parallel Sessions | 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Studio B | The Impact of Accessibility Standards on the Global Marketplace

This session will provide an overview of the steadily growing impact of accessibility standards around the world and discuss pioneering policy initiatives promoting their adoption.
Session Chair: Andrew Kirkpatrick, Head of Accessibility, Adobe
Panelists:
  • Simão Campos, Counsellor, ITU-T SG 16, ITU
  • Tim Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, US Access Board
  • Susanna Laurin, Chief Research and Innovation Officer, Funka; IAAP GLC Vice Chair, EU Liaison
  • Sabine Lobnig, Deputy Director, Communications & Regulations, Mobile & Wireless Forum
  • Ken J. Salaets, Principal, Accessibility Strategies LLP

Studio D | Thought Leadership | Session presented by:

Verizon website

Building Disability-Inclusive Brands: Case Studies on Successful Community Engagement
Consumers with disabilities want authentic engagement, and products and services that address unmet needs. Creative, forward-thinking companies want to engage unserved users, and distinguish themselves as enterprises with strong ethical values. How do we bring these two groups together? Join us for a discussion of successful engagements between private enterprise and consumers with disabilities, where we'll explore the ideas that drove projects, and the strategies that gave them success.
Session Chair:  Anil Lewis, Executive Director, Jernigan Institute, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Panelists:
  • Eric Bridges, Executive Director, American Council of the Blind 
  • Margaux Joffe, Associate Director of Accessibility & Inclusion, Verizon Media Group
  • Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility, Comcast Cable

Studio E | IoT and Robots for Smart Homes

With the proliferation of robots and home automation, Smart Homes have been hailed as the new frontier of independent living solutions.  Adoption, however, may or may not be following.  This session will review latest innovations and discuss patterns of their adoption in the marketplace.
Session Chair: David Dikter, Executive Director, ATIA
Panelists:
  • Brian Scarpelli, Senior Policy Counsel, ACT – The App Association
  • David Banes, Director, Dave Banes Access and Inclusion
  • Charles McFadden, CTO, Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc.
  • Nathan Moon, Senior Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Lyndsey Minaglia, Customer Research Manager, Alexa Smart Home, Amazon

Studio F | Baby Boomer Strategies

Are Fortune 500 and government agencies taking seriously the impact of our aging population?  Looking at a variety of examples, this session will let speakers and the audience decide in an interactive format what gaps and solutions may be addressed by mainstream organizations.
Session Chair: Steve Ewell, Executive Director, CTA Foundation
Panelists:
  • Betsy Beaumon, CEO, Benetech
  • Steve Tyler, Director of Assistive Technology, Leonard Cheshire
  • David Stoller, VP Marketing, MySense
  • Betsy Furler, Founder, For All Abilities

Grand Ballroom | 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | IAAP 5th Anniversary Honors Recognition Event presented by:

Audioeye website

With more than 2,000 members on five continents, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) has gained considerable momentum and influence since its foundation five years ago and its association with G3ict since 2016.  Join accessibility leaders, IAAP members and participants in the global M-Enabling community at large, to celebrate IAAP’s achievements and history. Reception to follow.
Event Hosts:
  • Jay Cardinali, Accessibility Manager, Walt Disney Parks, and IAAP GLC Chair
  • Susanna Laurin, Chief Research and Innovation Officer, Funka, and IAAP GLC Vice Chair
  • Christopher M. Lee, Ph.D., Managing Director, IAAP and Chief Learning Officer, G3ict

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Tuesday, June 18

Registration | 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

MC: Pat Tessler, International Marketing Manager, E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc.

Grand Ballroom | Opening Keynote | 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Lightning Talks & Panel of Respondents | 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Four focused lightning talks by leading industry and advocacy experts on disruptive trends and controversial accessibility topics selected by users, each followed by an interactive dialogue with a panel of respondents and questions by the audience.
Moderator: Debra Ruh, CEO, Ruh Global IMPACT
  • 5G, Network Performance and User’s Experience by Chip Strange, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Ookla
    Respondents:
    • Mary Brooner, Principal, MB Consulting LLC
    • Paul W. Schroeder, VP Public Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Aira
  • Key Performance Indicators for Accessibility by Christian Vogler, Professor, Director, Technology Access Program, Department of Communication Studies, Gallaudet University
    Respondents:
    • Suzy Rosen Singleton, Chief, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC
    • Claudia Gordon, Director, Government and Compliance, Sprint
  • Digital Accessibility: Should Legislation Evolve? by Dan Goldstein, Founding Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy
    Respondents:
    • Andrew Kirkpatrick, Head of Accessibility, Adobe
    • Karen Peltz Strauss, Accessibility Legal Consultant
  • Smart Cities for All by Karen Tamley, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities, City of Chicago
    Respondents:
    • Malcom Glenn, Head of Global Policy, Accessibility and Underserved Communities, Uber
    • Megan Lawrence, Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Networking Break | 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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

Grand Ballroom | Real World End User Experience

Knowbility and G3ict will present the detailed score cards of various mainstream digital services evaluated by a Knowbility’s national panel of user testers and rank some of the most significant issues that affect user’s experiences in the current digital environment.
Session Co-Chairs: Martin Gould, Director of Research, G3ict and Jillian Fortin, Communications Director, Knowbility
Panelists:
  • Sheri Byrne-Haber, Head of Accessibility, VMware
  • David Fazio, Founder/President, Helix Opportunity
  • Matt King, Accessibility Specialist in UI Engineering, Facebook
  • Harrison Lynch, Technology R&D Associate Principal, Accenture Technology Vision Team, Accenture Labs

Studio B | IAAP | W3C: Artificial Intelligence for Digital Accessibility

How may AI play a role in the various aspects of web accessibility? This session will review advanced exploratory analysis done by the W3C and engage in a discussion of potential developments and next steps.
Session Chair: Judy Brewer, Director WAI, W3C
Panelists:
  • Aaron Bangor, Lead Accessible Technology Architect, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T
  • Neil Milliken, Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion, Atos
  • Will Scott, Ph.D., Software Architect, Accessibility Technology & Innovation, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software
  • Klaus Höckner, Vice Chairman, Austrian Society for Blind and Visually Impaired People; High-Level Expert Group on AI, European Commission

Studio D | Higher Education | ICT Accessibility Campus-Wide Best Practices Models

Having procurement plans in place that meet accessible ICT guidelines and standards is one step towards reducing compliance alerts and discrimination. Several colleges and universities have been proactive in orchestrating campus-wide policies, procedures, and useful procurement guidelines.  A session dedicated to ICT good practices and steps required to implement an on-going ICT accessibility around vendor relationship, testing, and monitoring.
Session Chair: Gregg Vanderheiden, Ph.D., Founder, Raising the Floor/GPII & Director, Trace R&D Center, University of Maryland, College Park
Panelists:
  • Raja Kushalnagar, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Program Director, Information Technology Program, Department of Science, Technology and Mathematics, Gallaudet University
  • Susanna Laurin, Chief Research and Innovation Officer, Funka; IAAP GLC Vice Chair, EU Liaison
  • Radek Pavlíček, Senior e-Accessibility Consultant, Teiresias Centre, Masaryk University
  • Cheryl Pruitt, Director, Accessibility Technology Initiative, California State University, Chancellor’s Office

Studio E | Smart Cities for All, Next-Generation Solutions

Smart Cities initiatives are multiplying around the world with promises for better technologies and services for all consumers.  How can accessibility be factored in those developments? Innovators and accessibility policy experts will discuss real-world case studies, the role of wireless, and next-generation solutions
Session Chair: Kara Graves, Director of Regulatory Affairs, CTIA
Panelists:
  • Henry Claypool, Policy Director for the Community Living Policy Center, Institute on Health and Aging, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • Rasha Said, Founder, Sensible Innovations
  • Roman Smith, Director, Public Affairs, Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, AT&T

Studio F | End User Solutions Demo Tank | Deaf & Hard of Hearing

After an overview by the Session Chair of the most impactful technology trends from an end-user perspective, the session will stage up to 6 solutions – products or services – in 4 minutes demos and 3 minutes Q&As each.  This fast-paced flow is designed to allow for a quick overview of the benefits of each solution.  Participants will vote to select the most innovative one to be recognized during the Closing Session of the M-Enabling Summit.
Session Chair: Claude Stout
, Executive Director, TDI Inc.
Emcee: Sabine Lobnig, Deputy Director, Communications & Regulations, Mobile & Wireless Forum
Demos:
  • Direct Video Communication Service for Corporations (Craig Radford, Director, Connect Direct, Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc.)
  • TranslateLive (Peter Hayes, CEO, VTCSecure)
  • TDI's uCaption Technology (Eric Kaika, Director of Public Relations, TDI Inc.)
  • SignGlasses (Joseph Featherstone, Director of Sales, SignGlasses)
  • MIHU App (Kimberly Incle, Owner, MIHU)
  • World in Sign App (Karunya Samuel, CEO, Global Deaf Aid Foundation; World in Sign LLC)

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Lunch hosted by:

JP Morgan Chase & Co. website

Parallel Sessions | 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Grand Ballroom | Accessible Media Platforms Entertainment

Which mix of accessible entertainment activities best support independent living today?  Which improvements are most in demand by end-users?  Entertainment industry participants and persons with disabilities will engage in a brainstorming discussion of how further progress can be accomplished.
Session Chair: Mark Balsano, Vice President, Spectrum Accessibility Office
Panelists:
  • Sonali Rai, Broadcast Relationships and Audio Description Product Manager, RNIB
  • Tony Jasionowski, Senior Group Manager, Aging & Accessibility Panasonic Corporation of North America
  • Abhi Moturi, Senior Product Manager of Prime Video Accessibility, Amazon
  • Masahito Kawamori, Project Professor, Keio University and Rapporteur of ITU-T Question 26 (Accessibility) of Study Group 16 (Multimedia)

Studio B | IAAP | ICT Accessibility Procurement Best Practices: Inclusion for All

This IAAP session will review the considerable progress made in promoting accessibility criteria for procurement in both the public and private sector.   Leading case studies will be discussed.
Session Chair: Jeff Kline, Program Director, Statewide EIR Accessibility, Texas Department of Information Resources
Panelists:
  • John Sullivan, Director, Information Resources Management Division, GSA
  • Rohan Sharma, Accessibility Test Engineer, QA InfoTech
  • Elizabeth Simister, Product Accessibility Manager, Blackboard
  • Helen Chamberlain, Partner, Accessibility Strategies LLP

Studio D | Thought Leadership | Session presented by:

Foxit Software website

Accessible Electronic Documents 

Organizations which rely on electronic documentation for customers and employees alike are confronted daily with PDF accessibility issues.  This session will discuss solutions to ensure PDF accessibility compliance in an organization.
Co-Speakers:
  • DeeDee Kato, Senior Director, Product and Solutions Marketing Leader, Foxit Software Inc.
  • Guillermo González, Solutions Consultant, Foxit Software Inc.

Studio E | Smart Cities for All | Session presented by:

AT&T website

Defining an Inclusive Smart City

The market for Smart City technology is more than $2 trillion. The digital transformation of cities worldwide is redefining how we use technology throughout our day and how we engage with governments and with each other.  How can a city evaluate progress towards achieving ICT accessibility and digital inclusion as it deploys technology assets and smart solutions across a broad range of functions that are important to all cities, like transportation, public safety, and education? This session will explore metrics, variables, and strategies that define what makes a city both smarter and more inclusive.
Session Chair: James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, G3ict
Panelists:
  • Aaron Bangor, Lead Accessible Technology Architect, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T
  • Megan Lawrence, Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
  • D. Darnell Smith, Chief Information Officer, City of Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Karen Tamley, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities, City of Chicago

Studio F | End User Solutions Demo Tank | Blind & Low Vision

After an overview by the Session Chair of the most impactful technology trends from an end-user perspective, the session will stage up to 6 solutions – products or services – in 4 minutes demos and 3 minutes Q&As each. This fast-paced flow is designed to allow for a quick overview of the benefits of each solution. Participants will vote to select the most innovative one to be recognized during the Closing Session of the M-Enabling Summit.
Session Chair: Natalí González Villariny, Ph.D., ONCE Foundation
Emcee: Kevin Custer, President ARC Capital Development
Demos:
  • Robin Smart Cane (Denis Kuleshov, Director, Laboratory Sensor-Tech -Russian Federation)
  • Lazarillo App (René Espinoza, CEO, Lazarillo -Chile)
  • Sberbank App (Pavel Popko, Accessibility Expert, Sberbank – Russian Federation)
  • Speekie Audio description App (Radek Pavlíček, Senior e-Accessibility Consultant, Teiresias Centre, Masaryk University – Czech Republic)
  • OrCam MyEye 2.0 (Motti Attia, East Regional Manager, OrCam Technologies)

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Networking Break hosted by:

essential Accessibility website

Studio B | IAAP | The Future Evolution of Authoring Tools

How fast can authoring tools evolve to streamline and automate the process of producing accessible contents: perspectives from large-end user organizations, accessibility experts and technology vendors.
Session Chair:  Pina D’Intino, Global Accessibility Practice Lead, Cognizant
Panelists:
  • Mark Baker, CTO, AudioEye
  • Shawn Pike, Vice President, User 1st
  • Claudio Luis Vera, Sr. Digital Accessibility Analyst, Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Todd Marquis Boutin, Senior Director, Accessibility, SPi Global

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

Studio D | Thought Leadership | Session presented by:

essential Accessibility website

Integrating Accessibility into a Project’s Development Life Cycle Using an Inclusive Experience Framework
The Inclusive Experience Framework (IXF) is an agile approach to integrating accessibility and usability into information technology projects, by using processes to develop and improve the satisfaction and quality of the interaction between a user and all facets of a system. The IXF focuses on having a deep understanding of users, what they need, what they value, their abilities, and their limitations, by improving the usability, accessibility, ease of use, and enjoyment provided in the interaction between users and the product. In addition, it also takes under consideration the business goals and objectives of the group managing the project, particularly when the business needs and technologies keep changing as a result of iterative improvements. The IXF must be integrated within the UX design, UI design, development and testing activities to ensure usability, accessibility and ease of use are included in a consistent way throughout all the stages of a project development life cycle. This session will show participants in specific roles, such as project managers, designers, business analysts, developers and testers how to use the IXF to create more usable and accessible technology projects for all users.
Speaker: Juan Olarte, Senior Compliance Manager, eSSENTIAL Accessibility Inc.

Studio E | Smart Cities for All | Session presented by:

American Printing House website

Accessible Indoor Navigation
This session will provide an update on the rapid evolution of the indoor wayfinding eco-system with the release of the Consumer Technology Association Standard adapted from the ITU Recommendation ITU-T F.921. Next steps to accelerate the adoption of accessible indoor navigation will be discussed based on the results of the Accessible Indoor Navigation Symposium organized by APH March 4-6, 2019, including the opportunity to standardized mapping datasets.
Session Chair: Craig Meador, President, APH
Panelists:

  • Zack Bastian, Manager, Strategic Alliances, Verizon 
  • Tom Pey, CEO, RSBC, Chairman, Wayfindr/Waymap
  • David Shaffer, Access Policy Officer, ADA Ombudsman, Office of ADA Policy and Planning,
  • Mike May, Executive Director, Envision Workforce Innovation Center

Studio F | End User Solutions Demo Tank | Mobility & Dexterity

After an overview by the Session Chair of the most impactful technology trends from an end-user perspective, the session will stage up to 6 solutions – products or services – in 4 minutes demos and 3 minutes Q&As each. This fast-paced flow is designed to allow for a quick overview of the benefits of each solution. Participants will vote to select the most innovative one to be recognized during the Closing Session of the M-Enabling Summit.
Session Chair: Sandy Hanebrink, Executive Director, Touch the Future, Inc.
Emcee: Kevin Custer, President ARC Capital Development
Demos:
  • WHILL (Justin Gagnon, Director of Sales and Marketing, WHILL Inc.)
  • Novalte (Terence Ho, Head of Operations, Novalte)
  • Eyegaze Edge (James Brinton, M.A., CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Speech-language Pathologist, LC Technologies, Inc.)
  • HouseMate (Sandy Hanebrink, Executive Director, Touch the Future, Inc.)

Grand Ballroom | 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. | FCC Chairman’s Awards & Keynote

Federal Communications Commission website

Keynote: Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

Grand Ballroom | 5:30 p.m.

Introduction: Pat Tessler, International Marketing Manager, E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc.
Greetings by Cocktail Host: Jason Johnston, Founder, CMO, J5 Marketing, LLC

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | M-Enabling Summit Cocktail Reception presented by

J5 Marketing website

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Wednesday, June 19

Registration | 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. | Networking Breakfast hosted by:

Hewlett Packard website

Parallel Sessions | 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Grand Ballroom | Extended Reality

This session will review Extended Reality (XR) applications, wearable devices and services which provide users augmented views (AR) of their real-world environment or virtual reality experiences (VR) perceived across multiple senses, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory, and olfactory.  The session will consider both the applicability of XR technologies for assistive solutions and the accessibility of mainstream XR applications for persons with disabilities.
Session Chair: Susan Mazrui, Director, Public Policy, AT&T
Panelists:
  • Shiri Azenkot, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Cornell Tech, Cornell University
  • Bill Curtis-Davidson, Senior Accessibility Manager, Magic Leap
  • Larry Goldberg, Senior Director, Media Accessibility, Verizon Media
  • Matthew Dickman, Product Safety and Compliance, Oculus

Studio B | IAAP | Legal Compliance Risk Management: Protecting Your Organization and Employees

A key driver of accessibility initiatives in many sectors, the management of legal compliance risk entails multiple complex processes.  This session will facilitate a sharing of experience among executives from diverse sectors.
Session Chair: Tim Springer, CEO, Level Access
Panelists:
  • Eve Hill, Attorney, Brown Goldstein Levy
  • Greg Shatan, Partner, Moses & Singer LLP
  • Suzanne Montgomery, VP – Compliance, and Chief Accessibility Officer, AT&T
  • David Adi, Founder and CEO, Make-Sense

Studio D | Thought Leadership | Session presented by:

Leonard Cheshire website

AI for Independent Living
This session outlines a piece of work that utilizes the latest in Artificial Intelligence along with high-end assistive technology. Leonard Cheshire and MySense are pushing the boundaries around predictive health analytics and best in class access to everyday products and services to enable groups of users representing a spectrum of disability to carry out everyday activities simply and with dignity whilst offering 24-7 non-invasive guardianship and well-being monitoring.
Co-speakers:
  • Steve Tyler, Director of Assistive Technology, Leonard Cheshire
  • David Stoller, VP Marketing, MySense

Studio E | Automated Speech Recognition as the New Tool for Captioning Services

This panel will address advances in automated speech recognition (ASR), the challenges still being faced, the prognosis for overcoming these challenges, and whether ASR is practical, effective, and accurate at this time for specific services, such as IP CTS and TV captioning, and under what circumstances. 
Session Chair: Eliot Greenwald, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Office, CGAB, FCC
Panelists:
  • Christopher Engelke, Vice President of Research and Development, Ultratec, Inc.
  • Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy, Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Mike Kralec, Vice President, Technical Operations and Deputy Chief Technology, Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • David Kulczar, Offering Manager, Watson Media Solutions, IBM
  • Dixie Ziegler, Vice President of Relay, Hamilton

Studio F | End User Solutions Demo Tank: Cognitive

After an overview by the Session Chair of the most impactful technology trends from an end-user perspective, the session will stage up to 6 solutions – products or services – in 4 minutes demos and 3 minutes Q&As each.  This fast-paced flow is designed to allow for a quick overview of the benefits of each solution.  Participants will vote to select the most innovative one to be recognized during the Closing Session of the M-Enabling Summit.
Session Chair: Stephane Leblois, Program Manager, Program Innovations, The ARC
Emcee: Kevin Custer, President ARC Capital Development
Demos:
  • Morphic (Gregg Vanderheiden, Ph.D., Founder, Raising the Floor/GPII & Director, Trace R&D Center, University of Maryland, College Park)
  • Life Sherpa (Doug Meeker, Founder/CEO, 3R Behavioral Solutions)
  • Tippy Talk (John Clohessy, Tippy Talk)
  • Uptimize (Ed Thompson, CEO/Founder, Uptimize)
  • BridgingApps (Cristen Reat, Co-Founder and Program Director, BridgingApps)

Networking Break | 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Parallel Sessions | 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Grand Ballroom | International Trends in Digital Accessibility

A global snapshot of the progress of digital accessibility around the world, including macro data from 121 countries, rankings and an analysis of most promising case studies with an analysis of implementation success factors.
Session Chair: Axel Leblois, President, G3ict
Panelists:
  • Martin Essl, Founder, Essl Foundation/Zero Project
  • Roxana Widmer-Iliescu, Senior Programme Officer, ITU-D Focal Point for ICT Accessibility, Acting Head Digital Inclusion Division, BDT, ITU
  • Jesús Hernández-Galán, Ph.D., Director of Universal Accessibility and Innovation, ONCE Foundation (Spain)
  • Valeryia Kurmak, Inclusive Design Expert, Sberbank (Russian Federation)
  • Francesca Cesa Bianchi, VP, Institutional Relations, G3ict; Viviana Montenegro, Research Analyst, G3ict

Studio B | IAAP | Testing and Monitoring: End Users in Action

A session dedicated to the critical job of testing and monitoring accessibility compliance of products, contents and services in an organization.
Session Chair: Albert Rizzi, Founder and CEO, My Blind Spot
Panelists:
  • Jonathan Avila, CAO, Level Access
  • Paul Bohman, Ph.D., Director of Training, Deque Systems and IAAP Certification Committee Chair
  • Gian Wild, CEO, AccessibilityOZ
  • Amos Lavi, Global Sales Manager, EqualWeb

Studio D | Higher Education | Staff and Faculty Training Resources

Developing a campus ICT accessibility roadmap is vital to creating an inclusive campus successfully.  Find out how some universities are successfully managing their efforts using low-cost staff and faculty training resources; learn techniques on how to prepare instructional environments to be accessible as well as participate in case study simulations.
Session Chair: Cyndi Rowland, Ph.D., Director of WebAIM; National Center on Disability and Access to Education, Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah State University
Panelists:
  • John Rochford, Director & Faculty Member, Medical School, University of Massachusetts
  • Glenda Sims, Team A11y Lead, Deque Systems
  • Paola Isabel Alcázar Hernández, Ph.D., Director of Outreach, Universidad del Norte - Barranquilla (Colombia)
  • Brad Turner, VP, Global Literacy, Benetech

Studio E | Smart Cities for All | Self-Driving and Autonomous Mobility

This session will examine the latest progress made by new forms of “anytime, anywhere” technology-based services: navigation solutions, ridesharing companies, robotaxis, automated shuttle services, as well as self-driving cars or drones and what can be expected soon.
Session Chair: Henry Claypool, Policy Director for the Community Living Policy Center, Institute on Health and Aging, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Panelists:
  • Malcom Glenn, Head of Global Policy, Accessibility and Underserved Communities, Uber
  • Shani Jayant, Principal UX Designer, Inclusive Mobility Advanced UX Studio, VOLKSWAGEN Group of America, Inc.
  • Kiran Kaja, Technical Program Manager, Search Accessibility, Google
  • Anil Lewis, Executive Director, Jernigan Institute, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
  • Mohammed Yousuf, Office of Operations R&D, Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, FHWA, U.S. Department of Transportation

Studio F | Financing Accessibility and Assistive Technologies Innovation

This session will review sources successfully used to fund innovation in digital accessibility and assistive technologies. Speakers will cover incubation hubs, public grants, venture capital and social impact funding with case studies. A dialogue with entrepreneurs and participants will ensue.
Session Chair: Kevin Custer, President ARC Capital Development
Panelists:
  • Stephen Bauer, Ph.D., Project Officer, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Closing Plenary | 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

MC: Alexandra Zimmerman, Senior Marketing Manager, E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc.

Grand Ballroom | Chief Accessibility Officers Roundtable

Corporations, government agencies and universities are moving forward with the creation of executive level positions to oversee all aspects of accessibility throughout their organization. How are those functions organized, what is their primary focus, how can they best influence the different divisions and activities of their organizations? This session will stage a discussion of success factors among the heads of accessibility of leading corporations committed to accessibility.
Moderator: Suzanne Montgomery, VP – Compliance, and Chief Accessibility Officer, AT&T Participants:
  • Mark Balsano, Vice President, Spectrum Accessibility Office, Spectrum
  • Eve Andersson, Accessibility Engineering, Google
  • Simeon McAleer, Ph.D., Manager of Accessibility Enablement, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software
  • Mark Stimson, Ph.D., Digital Accessibility Manager, Experience Design, Digital Experience Center, Kaiser Permanente

Industry Forecast

Introduction of keynote speaker by Axel Leblois, President, G3ict
Keynote: Andrew “AJ” Johnson, Managing VP, Gartner Research

End-Users Demo Tanks Innovation Honors Recognition

M-Enabling 2020 Agenda and Concluding Remarks

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IAAP CPACC and WAS Exams | 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

*The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) are offering their Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) Exams at the M-Enabling Summit. For additional information on applying, please visit the IAAP Certification website.

Program Committee Coordination:

  • Francesca Cesa Bianchi
    Vice President, Institutional Relations
    G3ict
    Tel. 678-534-8518

In Cooperation with:

ITU - International Telecommunication Union

Featured Activities:

FCC Chairman’s AAA Awards 
Smart Cities Forum

Higher Education Forum

Networking Sessions

End User Solutions Demo Tanks

IAAP A11y Professionals Sessions

Corporate Sponsors:

Accenture website AccessibilityOz
Aequum - Global Business Accessibility AfterShokz website
Amazon American Printing House
AT&T Audioeye
Barrier Break Consumer Technology Association
CSD - Communication Service for the Deaf CTIA
Essential Accessibility foxit Software
Hewlett Packard J5 Marketing
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Leonard Cheshire
Oculus from facebook Sprint
RightHear
T-Mobile Verizon
Uber Verbit
World Institute on Disability  

Media Partners:

Ability Magazine, abilityjobs.com website Diverseability Magazine website
195theglobe.com website  
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