Conference Agenda

MONDAY, JUNE 12

TUESDAY, JUNE 13

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14

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

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.
    • Todd Bankofier, CEO, AudioEye
    • Shilpi Kapoor, Managing Director, BarrierBreak
    • Susana Laurin, CEO, Funka
    • 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. 

Session Chair: James Thurston, Vice President, Global Strategy and Development, G3ict
Panelists:
  • David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board
  • Adriana Labardini, Commissioner, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, Mexico
  • Amanda Maisels, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Marco Pellegrini, Special Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Human Rights, Brazil
  • Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Deputy Head of Unit, Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Directorate General for Justice, European Commission

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

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.

Introduction: Aaron Bangor, Lead Accessible Technology Architect, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T

Speaker: Zulka Ramirez, UX Designer, Expedia
Co-Speaker: 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.

Introduction: Mary Smith, Vice President of Business Development, SSB BART Group (soon to be Level Access)
Speaker: Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, SSB BART Group (soon to be Level Access)

4:15 p.m. to 5:15 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 A | 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 a recent global ICT survey, initiatives and milestones of the accessible digital content, trends of the Marrakesh Treaty and International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF).

Session Chair: Judith Heumann, International Disability Rights Expert 
Panelists:
  • Rob Abel, Chief Executive Officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium
  • Yevgen Borodin, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University; President and Director of R&D, Charmtech Labs LLC
  • Joy Kniskern, Strategic Initiatives, AMAC Accessibility Solutions, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Michele J. Woods, Director, Copyright Law Division, Culture and Creative Industries Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (invited)

5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. | Inclusive Higher Education Forum

Studio A | ICT Accessibility in Higher Ed: Success Factors

How do institutions of Higher Education implement the adoption of accessible ICTs? This session will introduce strategies for institutions to engage all university stakeholders in supporting inclusion and ICT accessibility. Several universities will showcase successful strategies. The session will also address core issues regarding ICT Accessibility campus testing and certification.

Session Chair: Gerry Ellis, Feel The BenefIT, Fellow of the Irish Computer Society (invited) 
Panelists:
  • Sam Evans, Certification Manager, IAAP
  • Chris Law, Ph.D., President, Accessibility Track Consulting LLC, User Tester Program Initiative
  • Radek Pavlíček, Senior e-Accessibility Consultant, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • Cheryl Pruitt, Director, Accessibility Technology Initiative, California State University, Chancellor’s Office 

5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Studio B | IAAP Speed Networking Event

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

Opening Session

MC: Paul Schroeder, PS Strategies

Opening Remarks:
  • Ron Akins, Vice President, E.J. Krause and Associates
  • Alex Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict

Keynote: Yuval Wagner, President and Founder, Access Israel

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: Steve Ewell, Executive Director, CTA Foundation
Panelists:
  • Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect, Amazon Lab 126
  • Preety Kumar, CEO and Founder, Deque Systems
  • Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft
  • Drew LaHart, Program Director, Accessibility Competency and Enablement, IBM Research
  • Anil Lewis, Executive Director, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

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 & Warren LLP
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: Expert Briefing Session

Studio A | Beyond Code and Compliance: Integrating Accessibility across the Development Lifecycle

Join The Paciello Group for an in depth exploration of how to integrate end to end accessibility into an organization's workflow to ensure a positive user experience for all users. So often the focus is on compliance and code which, when done in isolation, is rarely enough. Without the appropriate vision, strategy, governance and training in place the overhead to deliver accessible products can be very high, and repetitive. Real success comes from investing in your people, building an internal knowledge base, understanding your audience’s needs and applying accessible user experience principles from commissioning a product through to delivery. 

Speaker: Mike Paciello, Senior Advisor, The Paciello Group, a VFO company 

Track: Innovation in Enabling Environments

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

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: Steve Tyler, Head, Innovation and Development, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Panelists:
  • Aaron Bangor, Lead Accessible Technology Architect, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T
  • Sarah Caplener, Amazon
  • John Godfrey, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Samsung (invited)
  • Julie Kearney, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
  • Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility and Multicultural - Technology and Product, Comcast Corporation 

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:
  • Katia Albanese, Program Manager/Strategic Communications Consultant, Concepts, Inc.
  • Simon Dermer, Managing Director, eSSENTIAL Accessibility Inc.
  • Martin Essl, Founder, Essl Foundation
  • Glenn Meyer, Director Accessibility and Aging, HP  
  • Fred Moltz, Director of Accessibility, Verizon Wireless

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:
  • David Banes, Director, David Banes Access and Inclusion Services
  • Cathy Bodine, Associate Professor, ATP Executive Director, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado-Denver
  • Betsy Furler, BridgingApps/Easter Seals (invited)
  • David Niemeijer, Founder and CEO, AssistiveWare
  • Gloria Satriale, President, Mission for Educating Citizens for Autism

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
  • Jameson J. Dempsey, Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • Emily Shea Tanis, Ph.D., Associate Director of Research, Coleman Institute of Cognitive Disabilities, University of Colorado

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:
  • Dylan Barrell, CTO, Deque Systems
  • PG “Ram” Ramachandran, Program Director, Accessibility Technology & Innovation, IBM Research & Master Inventor  
  • Kevin Rydberg, Senior Digital Accessibility Consultant, Siteimprove
  • Zahra Safavian, VP of Product, SSB BART Group (soon to be Level Access)
  • Jeff Singleton, Senior Accessibility Solutions Consultant, Cryptzone
  • Matthew Triner, Director, North America, User1st

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: Expert Briefing Session

Studio A | Inclusionary Technology: A Solution for Managing Accommodations of a Mobile Workforce 

The foundation for developing an inclusive and productive workforce is the accommodation process. The mobility of today’s workforce increases the complexity of managing this process effectively. Recognizing this need, the Center for Disability Inclusion at West Virginia University has partnered with IBM, the Job Accommodation Network, and a number of business and disability organizations to develop a free accommodation case management app for tablets and mobile phones. App development is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. This session will include a presentation as well as demonstration of the new app to be released in 2018.

Speaker: Lou Orslene, Mobile Accommodation Solution Project Manager, Center on Disability Inclusion
Co-Speakers: Bo J Campbell, Advisory UX Designer, Inclusive Design Lead, IBM Accessibility, IBM Research and Brent Shiver, Ph.D., Advisory Software Engineer, Accessibility Technology & Innovation, IBM Research

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:
  • Jamie Boone, Director, Government Affairs, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
  • Henry Claypool, Policy Director for the Community Living Policy Center, Institute on Health and Aging, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • Malcolm Glenn, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Uber Technologies
  • Gina O’Connell, Director of Labs, GM of Las Vegas Local Motors

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: Nicola Palmarini, Global Manager Aging & Accessibility, Strategic Initiative on Aging, IBM Accessibility/ IBM Research
Panelists:
  • Mark Balsano, Deputy Chief Accessibility Officer, CATO, AT&T
  • Cathy Bodine, Associate Professor, ATP Executive Director, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado-Denver
  • Jody Holtzman, Senior Vice President, Market Innovation, AARP
  • Tony Jasionowski, Senior Group Manager, Aging & Accessibility, Panasonic Corporation of North America
  • Jon Sanford, Director and Research Scientist, CATEA, Georgia Institute of Technology

Track: Connected Citizens

Studio F | Social Media and Collaborative Platforms

Whether searching for jobs or connecting with colleagues and friends, social media is becoming an increasingly integral part of daily life for persons with disabilities and seniors. This session will examine the major impact of social media for these populations, from employment and education, to health and wellness, to advocacy and communication. Panelists will discuss the successes and challenges of social media and accessibility, and how major social media platforms 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, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)
Panelists: 
  • Justin Herman, Emerging Citizen Technology Program (AI, VR/AR, Social), Innovation Portfolio -- Technology Transformation Service, U.S. General Services Administration Sassy Outwater, Director of Assistive Technology, Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Debra Ruh, CEO and Founder, Ruh Global Communications
  • Gian Wild, CEO, Accessibility OZ

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.

Introduction: Jay Cardinali, Worldwide Accessibility Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Speaker: Chris M. Law, Ph.D., President, Accessibility Track Consulting, LLC
Co-Speaker: Norman Robinson, Co-Chair, The 2017 ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium

2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. | Showcase Time and Refreshment Break
Hosted by The Paciello Group
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: Expert Briefing Session

Studio A | Promoting the Employment of Persons with Disabilities through Innovative Collaborations and Practices

Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) are increasingly central to all aspects of employment, from recruitment to retention. In this session, the Office of Disability Employment’s Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) will lead a discussion with accessibility experts, disability advocates, and employers on approaching workplace technology through the lens of universal design. Participants will share their experiences with:

  • The tie between universally-designed technologies and a productive and diverse workforce, and
  • Innovative approaches for building and buying workplace technology that is accessible to all employees and job seekers.
Session Chair: Josh Christianson, Project Director PEAT (Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology), Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor
Panelists:
  • Debra Kaplan, Section 508 Policy Lead, Office of the CIO, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Lisa Neuberger-Fernandez, Managing Director, Strategy and Innovation for Corporate Citizenship, Accenture
  • Mike May, President and CEO, The Lighthouse for the Blind Inc.
  • Sharron Rush, Executive Director, Knowbility
  • QA Info Tech

Track: Innovation in Enabling Environments

Studio B | 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: 
  • Weiqin Chen, Ph.D., Professor in Human-Computer Interaction/Universal Design of ICT, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA)
  • Jesus Hernandez-Galan, Director of Universal Accessibility and Innovation, ONCE Foundation – Masters ICT Education in Spain
  • Jon Sanford, Director and Research Scientist, CATEA, Georgia Institute of Technology

Track: Ecosystem Prospective

Studio D | 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: Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict
Panelists:
  • David Banes, Director, David Banes Access and Inclusion Services
  • Yevgen Borodin, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University; President and Director of R&D, Charmtech Labs LLC
  • Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development
  • Mark McCusker, CEO, Texthelp

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: Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Kick-off Overview of Available Apps and Devices: Michael Milligan, Secretary General, Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF)
Panelists: 
  • Matt Ater, Vice President, Enterprise Compliance, VFO™
  • Jaume Cunill, CEO, Tech4Freedom
  • Ryan French, Senior Product Manager, Amazon
  • Suman Kanuganti, President and Founder, Aira
  • Robin Spinks, Senior Strategy Manager, RNIB Business

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 Co-Chairs: James Thurston, Vice President, Global Strategy and Development, G3ict and Victor Santiago Pineda, Ph.D., President and Founder, Pineda Foundation/World ENABLED
Panelists:
  • Victor Calise, Commissioner, NY City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • Megan Lawrence, Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
  • Jori Mendel, Director of Sales, AT&T Smart Cities
  • Florence Orban, Director, Wayfindr
  • Mohammed Yousuf, Office of Operations R&D, U.S. Department of Transportation

Track: IAAP Technical Session

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

Mobile accessibility is an ecosystem of confusing and often incorrect information.  In this session, we will discuss the fundamental components of mobile accessibility, explore the connection between Native and Web, and demonstrate how WCAG 2.0 Accessibility Compliance can be successfully and efficiently implemented on both Android and iOS. 

Introduction: Helen Chamberlain, Section 508 Training & Outreach Director, General Services Administration (GSA)
Speaker: Chris McMeeking, Senior Engineer, Deque Systems

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

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
  • Jeffrey E Lewis, Senior Vice President – Compliance & Chief Accessibility Officer, AT&T
  • Dmitry Polikanov, President, “Con-nection” Deaf-blind Support Fund (Russian Federation)
  • Pat Romzek, Cisco Systems Vice President, Worldwide Cloud Strategy and Operations and LifeChanger Founder

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

Track: IAAP Organization Session

Studio A | 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:
  • Suman Kanuganti, Founder and CEO, Aira
  • Kimberly King, Co-Founder, One Island Institute
  • Megan Lawrence, Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft 
  • Kathy Martinez, SVB Disability Segment, Market Brand & Strategy, Wells Fargo
  • 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 

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: Kate Sonka, Accessibility Specialist, Michigan State University
Facilitators for Round Tables:
  • Betsy Beaumon, President, Benetech
  • Ricardo Garcia Bahamonde, Strategic Development Director, AMAC Accessibility Solutions & Research Center, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Rick Johnson, VP of Product Strategy, Vital Source Technologies

Track: Scaling-Up Accessibility

Studio D | 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: 
  • Shellie Blakeney, Federal Regulatory Affairs, T-Mobile
  • Brian Fontes, CEO, NENA
  • Kara Romagnino, Director, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA
  • Marcie Roth, Inclusive Emergency Management Strategies (IEMS) LLC

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: 
  • Zainab Alkebsi, Esq. Policy Counsel, Law and Advocacy Center, National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
  • Chanel Gleicher Sprint Federal Relay
  • Lise Hamlin, Director Public Policy, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
  • Willie King, CTO, Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD)
  • Robert McConnell, Disability Rights Office, FCC
  • Zsolt Robotka. CEO, SignAll Technologies

Track: From Labs to the Marketplace

Studio F | Assistive Robotics and AI Solutions

Robotics, combined with rapid innovations in Artificial Intelligence (AI), 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.  AI also enhances robots to identify users’ abilities, understand their tasks, and monitor their environment. AI embedded in assistive robotics is poised to enable many new solutions for greater independent living. This session will explore the burgeoning market for assistive robotics and the type of services likely to be most successful among seniors and persons with disabilities.

Session Chair:  Jutta Treviranus, Ph.D., Professor, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), Director and Founder, Inclusive Design Institute
Panelists:
  • Justin Herman, Emerging Citizen Technology Program (AI, VR/AR, Social), Innovation Portfolio -- Technology Transformation Service, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Dr. Tim Murdoch, Director, Digital Services Initiative, Cambridge Consultants (invited)
  • Morgan Reed, Executive Director, ACT - The App Association 

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
Panelists:
  • Olivier Hua, CEO, Visiomed Group SA (Bewell Connect)
  • Steve Koenig, Senior Director, Industry Analysis, CTA
  • John Morris, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Shepherd Center
  • Sean Tibbetts, CEO, Cyber Timez
  • Allison Wils, Health Policy Counsel, Cozen O'Connor

10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. | Showcase Time and Refreshment Break
Hosted by Disney SyncLink Technology
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: IAAP Organization Session

Studio A | 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.

Introduction: Pina D’Intino, MDes, PMP, CPACC cert., Accessibility Strategist and Consultant, Aequum Global Access Inc.
Speaker:  Sheri Byrne-Haber, Senior Manager, Global Accessibility, McDonald’s

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: Varju Luceno, Director of Communications, DAISY Consortium
Panelists: 
  • Betsy Beaumon, President, Benetech
  • Rick Johnson, VP of Product Strategy, VitalSource Technologies
  • Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Standards and Accessibility, Adobe
  • Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect, Amazon Lab 126
  • Steve Tyler, Head, Innovation and Development, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

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 well-defined global standards for RTT are available, wide deployment has not occurred yet, which may cause initial lack of interoperability among services and systems once deployed.  This session will attempt to present the status of current standardization efforts, and discuss possible paths to resolving the current lack of deployment with the participation of representatives of major international 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
  • Brian Fontes, CEO, NENA
  • Suzy Rosen Singleton, Chief, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Christian Vogler, Director, Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University
  • Dixie Ziegler, Vice President Relay. Hamilton Relay Inc.

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: Chuck Eger, Director for North America, Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF)

Panelists: 
  • Gary Birch, Executive Director, Neil Squire Society
  • Dianne Goodwin, MEBME, President/Rehabilitation Engineer, BlueSky Designs, Inc.
  • Mauricio Meza, Co-Founder, Komodo OpenLab
  • David Niemeijer, Founder and CEO, AssistiveWare

Track: From Labs to the Marketplace

Studio F | Standards for Navigation Apps and Services

The Wayfindr Open Standard for Indoor Audio Navigation, newly adopted by the International Telecommunication Union (Recommendation ITU-T F.921), is scheduled to be publicly released in May 2017 and will soon to be applicable among 193 ITU member countries. With the considerable success of navigation apps and services on mobile devices there is great promise for persons with disabilities. Market forecasts for navigation systems also show amazing growth potential for use among the general population.  This session will discuss the imperative to standardize audio navigation systems and will provide a unique opportunity to M-Enabling Summit participants to learn more about the new standard, and how to participate in its on-going evolution and its upcoming development.

Session Chair: Tom Pey, Chair, Wayfindr and CEO of RLSB
Panelists:
  • Masahito Kawamori, Project Professor, Keio University and Vice-chair, Working Party 2, Study Group 16 (Multimedia), ITU-T
  • Anil Lewis, Executive Director, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
  • Mike May, President and CEO, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
  • Idan Meir, CEO, RightHear
  • Mohammed Yousuf, Office of Operations R&D, U.S. Department of Transportation

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: 
  • Sanjay Khurana, Vice President, Caregiving Products and Services, AARP
  • Amy VanDeVelde, National Connections Program Manager, The OASIS Institute
  • Additional panelists to be announced

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Showcase Time and Lunch Break
Hosted by CTA, Consumer Technology Association
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: IAAP Organization Session

Studio A | 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:
  • Paul Bohman, Ph.D., Director of Training, Deque Systems and IAAP Certification Committee Chair 
  • Ricardo Garcia Bahamonde, Strategic Development Director, AMAC Accessibility Solutions & Research Center, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jutta Treviranus, Professor, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), Director and Founder, Inclusive Design Institute
  • Kathy Wahlbin, CEO and Founder, Interactive Accessibility

Track: Scaling-Up Accessibility

Studio D | 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: Mike Paciello, Senior Advisor, The Paciello Group, a VFO company 
Panelists:
  • Larry Goldberg, Senior Director, Accessible Media, Yahoo
  • Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect, Amazon Lab 126
  • Matthew Terrell, Business Development Manager- North America, Spectral Edge LTD
  • Joel Snyder, Ph.D., President, Audio Description Associates LLC
  • Christian Vogler, Director, Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University
  • Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility and Multicultural - Technology and Product, Comcast Corporation

Track: IAAP Organization Session

Studio E | 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: Gita Esmieu, Program Director, Financial Services Accessibility, G3ict
Panelists:
  • Jake Abma, Accessibility Lead, ING Bank
  • Monica Ackermann, Senior Manager, Scotiabank
  • Gerry Ellis, Feel The BenefIT
  • Kathy Martinez, SVP Disability Segment, Market Brand & Strategy, Wells Fargo (invited)
  • Paul Smyth, Head of IT Accessibility, Barclays

Track: From Labs to the Marketplace

Studio F | Accessibility at Apple: Innovating for All

For more than 30 years, Apple has provided new and innovative solutions for persons with disabilities, allowing them to access and enjoy using the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and other Apple technology, and benefitting all users.  Apple includes groundbreaking assistive technology in its products, as standard features, at no additional cost. This session will explore the many ways Apple has implemented accessibility features into iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, and look at new products and services, such as HomeKit.

Speaker: Sarah Herrlinger, Senior Product Manager, Accessibility, Apple Inc.

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, President and CEO, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
Panelists:
  • Sandy Hanebrink, Executive Director at Touch the Future/ReBoot, Inc. (House Mate)
  • Tony Jasionowski, Senior Group Manager, Aging & Accessibility, Panasonic Corporation of North America
  • Mauricio Meza, Co-Founder, Komodo OpenLab
  • Dan Quigly, Senior Manager, Amazon

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
  • Bill Curtis-Davidson, Senior Director of Policy and Program Services, SSB BART Group (soon to be Level Access)
  • Susanna Laurin, CEO, Funka

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
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Special Event:

FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility

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