M-Enabling Forum Dach, Virtual Leadership Briefing, October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

M-Enabling Forum DACH – Online Conference October 7, 2021 from 14-17 CEST

The Potential of Digital Accessibility

14:00-14:10 Welcome and Introduction

Regine Gessner, E.J.Krause & Associates, Inc. Germany


Sabine Lobnig, Mobile Wireless Forum, Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI)

14:10-14:25: Keynote: Digital Accessibility as a Key Technology of the Future?

Michael Wahl, Head of the Federal German Monitoring Body for Accessibility in ICT 

14:25-14:45: Legal Overview

German Act on the Implementation of Directive (EU) 2019/882 on the Accessibility Requirements for Products and Services

Klemens Kruse, Head of the State Office for Accessibility Sachsen-Anhalt 

14:45-15.30:  Panel Discussion 1

The Power of Accessibility, Perspectives, Opportunities and Benefits

Moderator: Markus Erle, PDF Accessibility Consultant, axes4 GmbH


Rhea-Maria Göschl, Web Accessibility Consultant, myAbility Social Enterprise GmbH

Andreas Lehmann, President German UPA, lemisoft 

Klaus Höckner, Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreichs

Seth Bravin, Strategic Alliances, T-Mobile Accessibility

15:30-15:40: Q & A

15:40-15:45: Break

15:45-16:30 Panel Discussion 2

The Potential for Universally Designed Websites and Apps

Moderator: Klaus Miesenberger, Ph.D., Professor, Head of the Institute for Integrated Study, Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz


Alexander Pfingstl, Expert for Accessibility Software and Processes, Federal German Monitoring Body for Accessibility in ICT

Manu Heim, Co-Project Director «Accessible Communication» at the ETH Zürich, Accessibility Expert, Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies CPACC

Anne-Marie Nebe, Accessibility & Usability Expert, T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH

Ulrike Peter, Head of the State Office for Accessible IT at the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Bremen

16:30-16:45 Q & A

16:45-17:00: Final Conclusions and Perspectives, Final Greeting

Michael Wahl 

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June 22, 2021

Universities at the Forefront of Digital Inclusion | 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. EST

Sponsored by:

Google website

Equal access to Education for Persons with Disabilities is a core element of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by more than 180 countries. With the acceleration of the digital transformation of learning, universities around the world are at the forefront of innovation in ensuring that everything digital in their environment is fully accessible.

This webinar will stage a unique sharing of experience among global academic leaders responsible for large scale, innovative implementations of digital accessibility.  While this briefing will be of direct interest to all institutions of higher learning, it will also address many issues that are relevant to large organizations beyond academia.

Event Conductor: Christopher M. Lee, Ph.D., IAAP Managing Director; Chief Learning Officer, G3ict

Introduction: Axel Leblois, President, G3ict

Opening Remarks: Deepti Samant Raja, Global Unit, Social Sustainability and Inclusion, The World Bank 

Global Voices from Academia: Speakers from academia from around the world on the impact of AI and Machine Learning on Higher Education in the areas of digital inclusion over the next 10 years

  • Canada: Jutta Treviranus, Ph.D., Professor, Director and Founder, Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC), OCAD University
  • Chile: Kristine France Zúñiga, Head of Diploma Program Architecture and Universal Accessibility, Catholic University of Chile and country representative of Smart City for All-Chile
  • Czech Republic: Radek Pavlíček, Senior Accessibility Specialist, Teiresias: Support Centre for Students with Special Needs, Masaryk University
  • India: Dipendra Manocha, Mentor, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and Director, Developing Countries Program, DAISY Consortium 
  • Japan: Masahito Kawamori, Keio University
  • Norway: G. Anthony Giannoumis, Associate Professor of Universal Design of ICT, Department of Computer Science, Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)
  • Russian Federation: Mikhail Mozgovoy, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Educational, Research and Methodological Center for Vocational Rehabilitation for Persons with Disabilities, Bauman Moscow State Technical University
  • South Africa: Marcia Lyner-Cleophas, Ph.D., Head of the Disability Unit, Stellenbosch University, Western Cape
  • Spain: Alejandro Rodriguez Ascaso, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Artificial Intelligence, National Distance Learning University (UNED)
  • United Arab Emirates: Dareen Abu-Lail, Accessibility Outreach Manager, Student Accessibility Services, Zayed University
  • USA: Keith Hays, IT ADA Coordinator, Office Access and Equity, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lightning Talk: Christopher M. Lee on Global Voices from Academia summary, participants’ survey results, and key agenda items 

Panel Discussion: Inclusion Strategies in a Fast-Evolving Technology Environment 

  • Moderator: Klaus Miesenberger, Ph.D., Professor, Head of the Institute for Integrated Study, Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, and CSUN AT Conference Program Chair, Journal Track, Austria
    • Mikhail Mozgovoy, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Educational, Research and Methodological Center for Vocational Rehabilitation for Persons with Disabilities, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russian Federation
    • Kyle Shachmut, Assistant Director, Digital Accessibility Services, Harvard University, USA
    • Andrew Sam, Adaptive Technologist, Disability Rights Unit, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa

Interview: Laura Allen, Head of Strategy, Accessibility and Disability Inclusion at Google on “Innovation that will Impact Higher Education”

Panel Discussion: Mainstreaming Accessibility Principles and Knowledge in Curricula 

  • Moderator: Alejandro Rodriguez Ascaso, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Artificial Intelligence, National University for Distance Education (UNED), Spain
    • Dena Ahmed S. Al-Thani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar
    • Gottfried Zimmermann, Ph.D., Professor, Mobile User Interaction, Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart, Germany 
    • Jonathan Lazar, Ph.D., Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, and Associate Director of the Trace Center, USA 

Key Learning & Closing Remarks 

To show our commitment and expand our outreach to advocate for users of all abilities, the M-Enabling Summit Virtual Leadership Briefing Series will be free of charge to anyone who wishes to participate. Captioning and Sign Language will be provided.

Please mark your calendar and follow the M-Enabling Summit on social media for real-time updates! 

April 21, 2021

The Acceleration of Innovation in Inclusive Virtual Workplaces for Persons with Disabilities | 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. EST

Sponsored by:

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Looking for clarity on how to create an inclusive workplace with the influx of virtual platforms and new digital services? During this webinar, learn how organizations of all types are innovating in making virtual workplaces inclusive of Persons with Disabilities, and how this is accelerating a broad move towards more inclusive virtual work environments in the future.

Introduction: Axel Leblois, President, G3ict

Opening Remarks by Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

Technology Directions That Matter for Accessible Virtual Work Environments

  • An Interview with Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft moderated by Shilpi Kapoor, Founder and CEO, BarrierBreak

Latest Data on How Work will Evolve Post-Pandemic

  • Lightning Talk by Lauren Romansky, Managing Vice President, Gartner

What we Learned from the Pandemic: Hands-on Observations Made by Employees with Disabilities and Workplace Accommodation Experts During the Pandemic, moderated by Maria Town, President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

  • Panel Discussion
    • Louis Orslene, Director, Employer and Workplace Policy Team, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor
    • Kevin Grogg, Service Owner for Assistive Technologies, Ernst & Young
    • Janet Vicencio, Associate Director Benefits, Human Resources, Att Communications, AT&T

How Digital Accessibility Innovation will Drive New Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities moderated by Susan Mazrui, Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T

Government’s Perspective: What Opportunities the Future of Work Holds?

  • Lightning Talk by Jenny R. Yang, Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S Department of Labor

  • Panel Discussion
    • Bill Curtis-Davidson, Co-Director and Sr. Consultant on Emerging Tech Accessibility, PEAT
    • Neil Milliken, Global Head of Accessibility, Atos
    • Sachin Dev Pavithran, Ph.D., Executive Director, U.S. Access Board

Closing Remarks: James Thurston, VP for Global Strategy and Development, G3ict