Scaling up the Accessibility of Information and Communication Technologies in Government

The Government Track at the 2016 M-Enabling Summit, developed in cooperation with Section 508 experts, is designed for government executives responsible for the planning, acquisition and deployment of accessible information and communication technologies. Sessions will provide an opportunity to learn about methods leveraging Accessibility for Agile Development,success factors in implementing accessibility across large organizations and to discuss the implications of the latest international developments in ICT accessibility policies and standards for public procurement. Participants will include representatives of national procurement agencies and other government entities involved in promoting ICT accessibility, IT Industry executives and leaders of organizations of seniors and persons with disabilities.

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Registration is available at a special rate of $295 for Federal Government participants, including:
  • Full access to all sessions of the M-Enabling Summit
  • Lunches on June 13 and 14
  • Break refreshments
  • Participation in the Ceremony of the FCC Chairman’s Awards for the Advancement of Accessibility
  • Reception on June 13
  • Summit program and documents
  • Captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) services
  • Alternative electronic documents
A certificate of attendance will be provided upon request



  • Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.)
  • Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Bruce Bonyhady, Chairman, National Disability Insurance Agency, Australia

International Speakers:

  • Wayne Hawkins, Disability Policy Advisor, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network
  • Susanna Laurin,  CEO, Funka, Sweden
  • Victor Pineda, U.S. Access Board, President of World ENABLED and the Pineda Foundation
  • Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, Deputy Head of Unit for Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Directorate General for Justice, European Commission

Panel Chairs and Speakers:

  • Jeff Brandt, Director, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office, AT&T
  • David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board
  • Helen Chamberlain, Government-wide Section 508 Training and Outreach Director, Office of Government-wide Policy, GSA
  • John Combs, Senior Manager of Accessibility, Cisco Systems
  • Deborah Kaplan, 508 Policy Lead and HHS 508 Coordinator at Office of the CIO, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Co-Chair of the Education Subcommittee, Federal CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice
  • Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect, Amazon Lab126
  • Preety Kumar, CEO, Deque Systems
  • Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft
  • Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC Federal Communications Commission
  • Debra Ruh, CEO, Ruh Global Communications
  • Paul Schroeder, Vice President of Programs and Policy, AFB
  • Willie Smith, Senior Procurement Executive, Department of Transportation; Co-Chair of the Federal CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice
  • John Sullivan, Government-wide Section 508 Program Director, Office of Government-wide Policy, GSA
  • Dylan Barrell, Chief Technology Officer, Deque Systems
  • Claude Stout, Executive Director, TDI
  • Sue Swenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education
  • James Thurston, Vice President, Global Strategy and Development, G3ict
  • Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer, IBM



Monday June 13, 2016 

8:00 AM to 8:45 AM

8:45 AM to 9:05 AM

Opening Remarks
9:05 AM to 10:15 AM Plenary Panel: Game Changers in Human Interfaces
10:15 AM to 10:35 AM

Keynote: Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.)  
10:35 AM to 11:05 AM Break in Showcase Area
11:05 AM to 12:05 PM

Plenary Panel: Smart Cities and IoT for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
12:05 PM to 12:15 PM

CTIA Greetings
12:15 PM to 1:30 PM

Lunch Break in Showcase
1:30 PM to 2:50 PM

International Governments:
Scaling Up Accessibility: Global Perspectives on Public Procurement
2:50 PM to 3:10 PM Break in Showcase Area
3:10 PM to 4:30 PM

21st Century CVAA Scorecard
4:45 PM to 5:30 PM

FCC Chairman Keynote and Chairman's AAA Awards
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Cocktail in Showcase Area

Tuesday, June 14, 2016  
8:30 AM to 8:45 AM Keynote: Australia National Insurance Scheme
8:45 AM to 9:20 AM Plenary Panel: Challenges and Opportunities for Lifelong Digital Access
9:30 AM to 10:50 AM Global Trends in Compliance: U.S. DOJ, CRPD Committee, European Accessibility Act, other countries, G3ict global surveys
10:50 AM to 11:20 AM Break in Showcase Area
11:20 AM to 12:40 PM Spotlight on Accessibility Innovations in Large Organizations
12:40 PM to 1:40 PM Lunch Break in Showcase Area

1:40 PM to 3:00 PM Driving and Scaling up Accessibility in the Organization
3:00 PM to 3:30 PM Break in Showcase Area

3:30 PM to 4:50 PM Enterprise Strategies for Inclusive Work Environments

5:00 PM to 5:30 PM Plenary Closing: "Technology Futurology for an Inclusive World"
5:30 PM Adjournment


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  • Ron Akins
    Tel. 301-493-5500, ext. 3310
  • Michael Rosenberg
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  • Pat Hazan-Tessler
    Tel. 301- 493-5500, ext. 3386

Program Committee Coordination:

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