CONFERENCE PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Accessibility: A Driver for Mobile Innovation

Monday, June 9, 2014

8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Registration and Welcome at Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
Opening Session

Introductory Remarks:
Mobile Accessibility: The Sky Is the Limit! - 2014 Trends and Innovations That Are Transforming Accessibility Forever by Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Grand Ballroom
Plenary Session: The M-Enabling 2014 Talk Show (Part 1)


The Accelerating Pace of Innovation: What’s in the Works?

Co-hosted by Julie Kearney, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Paul Schroeder, Vice President, Programs and Policy Group, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), this session will look at some of the most significant innovations likely to enable further revolutionary mobile solutions for seniors and persons with disabilities. During the talk show, moderators will ask panelists to share with the audience how and when those are likely to develop and reach the market place.

Guests:
  • Aaron Bangor, Lead Accessible Technology Architect, AT&T
  • John Kuzin, Senior Director, Regulatory -- Government Affairs, Qualcomm
  • John Godfrey, VP, Communications Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Samsung Electronics
  • Tony Jasionowski, Senior Group Manager Accessibility, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
  • Yegven Borodin, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University; President and Director of R&D, Charmtech Labs LLC
  • Richard Einhorn, Composer; Einhorn Consulting, LLC; Board Member, Hearing Loss Association of America

10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Showcase opens at 10:15 a.m. 
Refreshment Break in Showcase Area
Hosted by SSB BART 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.

10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
Plenary Session: The M-Enabling 2014 Talk Show
(Part 2)

Social Media and Web Search Accessibility: The Mobile Quantum Leap
Hosted by Chet Cooper, Editor-in-Chief of ABILITY Magazine, this interactive discussion will look at the accelerated rate of adoption of social media and web search services on mobile devices by seniors and persons with disabilities including new ways of social media usage, and how major services are adapting their offerings to make them more accessible, usable and relevant to this fast growing group of users.

Guests:
  • Janice Lehrer-Stein, Chairperson of Access and Integration, National Council on Disabilities (NCD)
  • Sarah Clatterbuck, Senior Manager, Web Development, Team Money & Accessibility Task Force, LinkedIn
  • Russell Wilson, Director, Mobile Innovation Lab, IBM Software Group
  • Rob Sinclair, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft
  • Robert Pearson, Director, Accessible Digital Media, Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)
  • Dean Jansen, Executive Director, Amara.org
  • Lia Martirosyan, A-D-A Marketing & Communications Manager, AffirmativeDisabilityAction.com


12:00 p.m.-12:10 p.m.  
Grand Ballroom
Remarks by Meredith Attwell Baker, incoming President and CEO, CTIA – The Wireless Association

12:10 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch in Showcase Area
Hosted by CTIA – The Wireless 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.


1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Parallel Sessions


Studio B – What Corporations Need to Know about Mobile Accessibility Compliance: Latest Rules for the Implementation of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act
Since the June 2013 M-Enabling Summit, considerable activity has occurred with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) completing all of the rulemakings to implement the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA).  This session will examine the specific dispositions that cover the accessibility of mobile devices and services and their implication for corporations. The panel will be led by the FCC and include CIOs, industry representatives, as well as organizations of seniors and persons with disabilities.

Session Chair: Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Panelists:  
  • Scott R. Freiermuth, Counsel, Federal Regulatory Affairs, Sprint
  • Susan Mazrui, Director, Public Policy, AT&T
  • Paul Schroeder, Vice President, Programs and Policy Group, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
  • Pratik Patel, Founder and CEO, EZFire
  • Tim Springer, CEO, SSB BART Group
  • Andrew S. Phillips, Esq., Policy Counsel, The Law & Advocacy Center, National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
  • Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility, Comcast Cable


Studio D – The Mobile Baby Boomers Opportunity: Emerging Trends
With the quiet but rapid expansion of the mobile senior market and Baby Boomers demographics, success patterns for the adoption of mobile apps and web services by seniors are emerging.   This panel will review the latest research available on the usage of mobile applications and services by seniors and explore some of the most important success factors in addressing this burgeoning market place.  Panelists will also discuss the unique characteristics of specific senior demographic groups and how they may be reached differently.

Session Chair: Brian Scarpelli, Director, Government Affairs, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)

Panelists:
  • Aaron Smith, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center
  • Kevin Tillmann, Senior Research Analyst, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
  • Christopher Lundstrom, General Manager, North America, Doro AB
  • Dan Hubbell, Technical Evangelist, Accessibility Business Unit, Microsoft
  • Harold Salters, Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs, T-Mobile USA, Inc.
  • Steve Merlis, Senior Counsel - Federal Affairs, Samsung Telecommunications America


Studio E – Wearable Mobile Devices: A New Platform for Assistive Technologies
While wearable computing devices have been around for a number of years, the miniaturization of wireless components and new low power consumption technologies bring the promises of an entirely new generation of mobile wearable assistive devices.  This session will look at the most recent innovative products available in the marketplace, such as the Google glasses, which areas of assistive technologies may benefit the most from those new devices and which types of distribution channels may work best to reach seniors and persons with disabilities.

Session Chair: Steve Tyler, Head, Innovation and Development, RNIB / World Blind Union

Panelists:
  • Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University
  • Bruce Borenstein, President and CEO, Aftershokz
  • Janice Schacter Lintz, Chair, Hearing Access Program
  • John Morris, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC)/Shepherd Center (GoogleGlass and Cognitive)


Studio F – International Association of Accessibility Professionals Global Launch
The newly formed International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) officially launched in March 2014.  The mission of the IAAP is to define, promote and improve the accessibility profession globally through networking, education and certification in order to enable the creation of accessible products, content and services.  This session will provide an update on the plans for the organization and how to get involved.

Session Chair: David Dikter, CEO,  IAAP

Panelists:
  • Rob Sinclair, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft
  • Drew LaHart, Manager - Consulting and Accessibility Project Office, IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center
  • Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager – Accessibility, Adobe Systems
  • Susanna Laurin, CEO, Funka Nu AB

Salon 2 Mobile Innovation Forum and App Forum – Special Educators
This session will cover the fast expanding sector of mobile apps for Special Educators.  After a kick-off presentation assessing the main advances of mobile apps and services for students with disabilities, the session will review innovative solutions in a panel format.  The session will then open the floor to audience participants for the sharing of innovative apps, if any, in a Smackdown format, presenting as much as they can in 3 minutes each.  Q&A will follow.

Session Chair: Amy Goldman, Co-Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities, Temple University/UCEDD

Panelists:
  • Joe Gorup, CEO and Co-Founder, CourseAvenue   
  • Martha Rust, AT Specialist and Coordinator, AMAC / Tools for life, Georgia Institute of Technology 
  • Betsy Furler, Therapy and Training Coordinator, BridgingApps, Easter Seals Greater Houston
  • David Fazio, President, Helix Opportunity
  • Dan Fendler, Assistive Technology Manager, University of Delaware


Salon 3 – Enabling New Experiences for Travel and Tourism
The pace of innovation for mobile travel and tourism applications and services has been considerable over the past few years.  This panel will review the most innovative mobile applications and services launched with seniors and persons with disabilities in mind by independent app developers, major travel and hospitality corporations, local governments and organizations managing touristic and cultural destinations. The session will include presentations of the latest and most innovative assistive applications designed to enhance the experience of seniors and users with disabilities “on-the-go” by leveraging enabling technologies, such as broadband Internet access, GPS, Wi-Fi, Near Field Communications (NFC) or environment sensors and virtual reality.

Session Chair: Jay Cardinali, ‎Worldwide Accessibility Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Panelists:  
  • Bill Curtis-Davidson, Lead Accessibility Business Solutions Architect, IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center
  • Joe Cioffi, CEO and Founder, ClickAndGo Wayfinding Maps LLC
  • Sandy Hanebrink, Executive Director, Touch the Future, Inc.  
  • Gary McFarlane, CEO and Founder, Assist-MI
  • Stephen J. McCormack, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, Visus Technology, Inc.

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Refreshment Break in Showcase Area
Hosted by TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association)
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.

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Parallel Sessions

Studio B Towards Universal Access: Accessibility Features in Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Devices
For more than 25 years, Apple has provided new and innovative solutions for people with disabilities, allowing them to access and enjoy using the Mac, iPhone, iPad and other Apple technology. 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 iPod touch devices, including new features such as Switch Control and Made for iPhone Hearing Aids.

Speaker: Sarah Herrlinger, Sr. Product Manager, Apple Inc.


Studio D – Market Movers: Easy Apps and Services for Seniors
Some of the best known brands in the world, as well as innovative start-ups, are leading  digital marketing in the mobile senior market place.  This session will review examples of the successful implementation of new features on existing services, as well brand-new apps and services specifically designed for the mobile senior market place.  Those reviews will include the best social media, productivity apps, e-commerce, entertainment, search engines or communication solutions which are specifically addressing the needs of seniors around the world.

Session Chair: Amy VanDeVelde, National Connections Program Manager, The OASIS Institute

Panelists:
  • Robin Raskin, Founder, Living in Digital Times
  • François-René Germain, Chief Accessibility Officer, Orange Group
  • Jennifer Crutchfield, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sprint
  • Kevon Kothari, Director, Corporate Development, Intel GE Care Innovations LLC
  • Laura Mitchell, VP of Business Development, GrandCare Systems 

Studio E – By-passing the Security Hurdle: Biometrics and Bio-recognition
Security processes can be a daunting barrier to accessing secured digital contents and services for persons with disabilities, seniors or persons with reading difficulties.  The latest generation of mobile handsets and operating systems is breaking this barrier by offering various biometric and bio-recognition solutions.  This session will look at the technologies and applications available in the market place today, discuss their future evolution, and will also explore how secure mobile devices may leverage Near Field Communications (NFC) allowing persons with disabilities to interact in a secure manner with electronic kiosks, payment terminals and other types of digitally controlled devices.

Session Chair: Christian Christiansen, VP Security Products & Services, International Data Corporation (IDC)

Panelists:
  • Puthukode (Ram) Ramachandran, Program Director of Advanced Technologies, IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center  
  • Ricardo Garcia, International Business Development, ONCE & ONCE Foundation Business Group
  • Steve Tyler, Head, Innovation and Development, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
  • Dan Poder, Director of Advanced Technologies, MorphoTrust USA

Studio F – Beyond Devices: Leveraging Societal Technologies for an Interconnected User Environment
The exponential growth of the number of applications available to seniors and persons with disabilities, and the considerably enhanced accessibility features of mobile devices, present the risk of limiting the development of solutions with a sole focus on the end-user device. This session will explore how, in an interconnected society with an ever growing adoption of e-government, e-commerce, e-education, teleworking and social media, large organizations serving a number of constituents must re-think their approach to promoting end- to-end accessible and useful solutions for seniors and users of all abilities, not just individual apps working in isolation.

Session Chair: Andrew AJ Johnson, Managing VP, Gartner Research, The Gartner Group  

Panelists:
  • Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility, Comcast Cable
  • Frances West, World Wide Director, IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center
  • Jim Tobias, President, Inclusive Technologies
  • Norman B. Robinson, Office of Accessible Systems & Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Salon 2 – Mobile Innovation and App Forum – Blind and Low Vision
This session will cover the fast expanding sector of mobile apps available to users with visual impairments.  After a kick-off presentation assessing the main advances of mobile apps and services for persons who are blind or have visual, the session will review innovative solutions in a panel format.  The session will then open the floor to audience participants for the sharing of innovative apps, if any, in a Smackdown format, presenting as much as they can in 3 minutes each.  Q&A will follow.

Session Chair: Anne Taylor, Director of Access Technology, Jernigan Institute, National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Panelists:
  • Kari Pitkäranta, Nokia
  • Boaz Zilberman,CEO, Project RAY
  • Joel Snyder, Ph.D., President, Audio Description Associates LLC 
  • Thibault Péant, CCO, Telorion
  • Robin Spinks, Principal Manager, Digital Accessibility, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
  • Stephen J. McCormack, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, Visus Technology, Inc.

Salon 3 –  Copyrights and Third Party Captioning: Challenges and Solutions
The proliferation of inaccessible video contents of the Internet and the many opportunities to leverage mobile platforms to accommodate persons who are deaf or with hearing loss creates the need for third party captioning via automated or human processes, including via crowd sourced solutions. However, while using those solutions, individuals or organizations can unwillingly infringe on the copyrights of the owners of audio-visual contents.  This conflict between disability and copyright laws is particularly problematic for organizations which have an obligation to provide accommodation for their students, workers, customers or users of public services. After conducting an in depth research on this topic with legal experts, industry and disability advocates, G3ict publicly released last Spring a report to engage in a global dialogue on solutions that could be adopted in the U.S. and internationally to solve those issues.  This session will review the current exponential success of third party captioning solutions and the unresolved legal issues faced by institutional users when using those to provide accommodation to students, workers or the general public. G3ict report available for free download here.

Session Chair: Blake E. Reid, Assistant Clinical Professor, Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic, Colorado Law 

Panelists: 
  • Andrew S. Phillips, Esq., Policy Counsel,  The Law & Advocacy Center, National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
  • Michele Woods, Director, Copyright Law Division, Culture and Creative Industries Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) 
  • Dean Jansen, Executive Director, Amara.org
  • Gregory Hlibok, Chief, Disability Rights Office, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

 

5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
FCC Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility
In its third edition, the Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA), part of the FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative (A&I Initiative), honor 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. Winners and honorable mentions will receive their awards from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. After the ceremony, winners will have the opportunity to share their innovations during a “winner-mixer” with all Summit attendees.

Keynote Speaker: Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

6:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
Greetings by Cocktail Host: Preety Kumar
, CEO/Founder, Deque Systems, Inc.


6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception in Ballroom and Showcase Area

Hosted by Deque Systems, Inc.
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.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

8:00 a.m. to -8:30 a.m.
Coffee and Refreshments in Showcase Area
Hosted by AMAC Accessibility Services

8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Tom Harkin, U.S. Senator (D-IA); Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee

Introduction: John D. Kemp, President and CEO, The Viscardi Center; G3ict Chair, Advocacy Committee


9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Parallel Sessions

Studio B – Development Strategies for Accessible Mobile Apps

Development strategies for accessible mobile apps can be best implemented by integrating accessibility criteria at an early stage of a project.  This session will review the tools, guidelines, checklists and methods available to developers and organizations to ensure that their mobile applications are accessible to users with disabilities. 

Session Chair: Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager – Accessibility, Adobe Systems

Panelists:
  • Justin Eddings, User Experience Designer, Sprint
  • Susanna Laurin, CEO, Funka Nu AB
  • Henny Swan, Senior Accessibility Specialist (iPlayer and mobile), BBC Technology (via video conference)
  • Dr Monique Mai, Director, Communication, Remote Sales, and Public Affairs, Accessibility Department, Orange Group
  • Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, SSB BART Group
  • Katie Haritos-Shea, Sr. Accessibility SME, Standards QA Architect, JP Morgan Chase


Studio DMobile Solutions in Rehabilitation and AT Services
The June 2013 M-Enabling Summit revealed the gap between the pent-up demand for support for mobile assistive technologies and the resources of rehabilitation and assistive technology centers in matters of mobile technology. This session will present case studies of rehabilitation and assistive technology centers delivering mobile solutions among persons with disabilities.  The panel will discuss possible avenues to further promote the use of mobile assistive solutions in the context of AT and rehabilitation services and the role that new public-private partnerships could play.

Session Chair: Michael Brogioli, Executive Director, RESNA

Panelists:
  • Julie Gassaway, Senior Clinical Research Scientist, Virginia C Crawford Research Institute, Shepherd Center
  • Amy Goldman, Co-Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities, Temple University/UCEDD
  • Tony Gentry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy Director, Assistive Technology for Cognition Laboratory, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Gregg Vanderheiden, Ph.D., Founder, Raising the Floor/GPII, Ph.D., & Director, Trace R&D Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Studio E –Integrating Accessible Mobile Solutions in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities for CIOs
BYOD (Bring your Own Device) strategies are gaining wide acceptance around the world.  For persons with disabilities who can rely on user interfaces with embedded accessibility features which they are familiar with, as well as for their employers, BYOD can present great benefits. In many instances, the mobile versions of applications are in fact more accessible than their desktop versions.  Similarly, important cloud-based services, used daily by many employees, are readily accessible on mobile platforms.  The recent evolution of desktop operating systems also shows that the frontier between mobile and desktop interfaces is disappearing. This session will look at how CIOs can best integrate accessible mobile platforms in the workplace to enhance the inclusion and productivity of employees with disabilities

Session Chair: Pratik Patel, Founder and CEO, EZFire

Panelists:
  • Jim Tobias, President, Inclusive Technologies
  • Ted Drake, Sr. Accessibility Software Engineer, Intuit
  • Simon Cooper, IBM CIO - Global Workforce & Web Processes Enablement (GWWPE) 
  • Gerry Ellis, Feel The BenefIT; Fellow of The Irish Computer Society; ITU
  • Lourdes Arreola, Founder, Linkenium

Studio F – Consumer Wireless Accessibility Workshop: Discover the Accessibility Features of Smartphones!
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) and AT&T host an education workshop for consumers with vision loss highlighting the built-in accessibility features available on smartphones, tablets and phablets.  This device demonstration and showcase focuses on the accessibility features in Apple iOS 7 and Google Android 4.4.  The workshop will have expert staff on hand to assist audience members with any technical or accessibility issues they may be experiencing with their own devices.


Salon 2 – Mobile Innovation and App Forum – Deaf and Hard of Hearing
This session will cover the fast expanding sector of mobile apps available to users who are deaf or hard of hearing.   After a kick-off presentation assessing the main advances of mobile apps and services for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, the session will review innovative solutions in a panel format.  The session will then open the floor to audience participants  for the sharing of innovative apps, if any, in a Smackdown format, presenting as much as they can in 3 minutes each. Q&A will follow.

Session Chair: Andrea Saks, International Telecommunications Specialist for the Deaf; Chairperson, Joint Coordinating Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors, ITU

Panelists:
  • Mike Ellis, National Director, Sprint Relay
  • Kari Pitkäranta, Nokia with Peeta Piiparinen, Managing Director, Jentafon
  • John Morris, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC)/Shepherd Center
  • Olivier Jeannel, CEO, RogerVoice
  • Ricardo Garcia, International Business Development, ONCE & ONCE Foundation Business Group
  • Dixie Ziegler, Vice President, Hamilton Relay
  • Jesús Hernán Zambrano Ruiz, ‎Advisor to the Director, National Institute of the Deaf, Colombia


Salon 3 – Wounded Warriors:  Mobile Technology for Civilian Life
This session is dedicated to Wounded Warriors looking for solutions to a variety of challenges upon returning to civilian life.  Topics of interest will cover the essential areas of assistive technologies available on mobile platforms, the type of support available to Veterans to adopt those solutions, and look at examples of mobile tools for work, travel, education and home automation leveraging Near Field Communications (NFC) technologies

Session Chair: Dinah Cohen, President, Dinah F. Cohen Consulting LLC

Panelists:
  • Matthew Staton, Staff Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Program Support Specialist (Wounded Warrior), U.S. Army
  • Mike Paciello, CEO and Founder, The Paciello Group
  • Natalie Ryan, Federal Relay Agency Liaison, Sprint Relay
  • Timothy Hornik, President, Kansas Regional Group, Blinded Veterans Association
  • Ron Drach, President, Drach Consulting

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Refreshment Break in Showcase Area
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.

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Parallel Sessions


Studio B – e-Publishing on Mobile: Maximizing Opportunities for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
Millions of e-books, as well as newspapers and magazines, are now readily available on mobile devices.  How can persons with disabilities or seniors with reading  impairments benefit from these trends?  This panel, led by the DAISY Consortium, will examine how technology, leading e-publishing platform vendors, the publishing industry and advances in copyrights law around the world can maximize opportunities for persons with disabilities for e-publishing delivery on mobile platforms.  Several case studies from publishers will be shared by panelists

Session Chair: Stephen King, President, DAISY Consortium

Panelists:
  • Michele Woods, Director, Copyright Law Division, Culture and Creative Industries Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Rick Johnson, VP of Product Management and Sales Engineering, Vital Source Technologies
  • MaryLee Perkins, Technology Manager, Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee
  • Kathleen Wahlbin, Senior Accessibility Specialist, Global Accessibility Solutions Team, Pearson
  • Glinda Hill, Education Program Specialist, OSERS: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education


Studio D – Enabling Better Emergency Services for Persons with Disabilities
Emergency communications today can leverage multiple technology enablers embedded in mobile phones to provide more informed, accurate and faster response to calls by seniors or persons with disabilities at risk.  This session will review solutions adopted around the world, case studies and innovations with the greatest potential for enhancing emergency communications for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Session Chair:  Marcie Roth, Director, Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, Department of Homeland Security/ FEMA

Panelists:
  • Wayne Hawkins, Disability Policy Advisor, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
  • Jim Tobias, President, Inclusive Technologies
  • DeeDee Bennett, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Center for Advanced Communications Policy/Wireless RERC, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harold Salters, Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs, T-Mobile USA, Inc.
  • Deepti Samant Raja, International Consultant in Disability Inclusive Development; G3ict Senior Research Analyst


Studio E – Making Mobile Payments Accessible
Within five years, mobile payments are likely to become as prevalent as GPS mapping or picture taking with one’s mobile phone. This session, led by CTIA – The Wireless Association, will review the main mobile payment systems currently available around the world from an accessibility standpoint.  A panel of leading corporations involved in designing those systems and users will examine how accessibility may be factored in at an early stage of development. Technologies covered will include Apps and Near Field Communications (NFC) based payments, mobile commerce, as well as on-line mobile transactions and SMS based payments which are experiencing exponential growth among developing nations. 

Session Chair: Jackie McCarthy, Director, Wireless Internet Development, CTIA

Panelists:
  • Andrew Foote, Vice President, Innovation and Payments Strategy, Wells Fargo
  • Jason Oxman, CEO, Electronic Transactions Association
  • Marianne Crowe, VP, Payment Strategies, Mobile Payments Industry Working Group lead, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Paul Tuscano, Product Development/Management, Verizon Wireless
  • Ali Gabel, Federal Government Relations, eBay Inc.
  • Dylan Barrell, CTO, Deque Systems, Inc.


Studio F – M-Health Solutions for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities
Few application sectors have seen as much mobile innovation as the health sector.  The potential to remotely monitor, alert, inform, guide and interact with patients, as well as the multitude of self-care and wellness apps, are transforming practices while enhancing safety and productivity of services delivery.  This session will look at some of the most innovative m-health applications and services relevant to seniors and persons with disabilities and review the status of the accessibility of some of the leading mainstream m-Health apps and services.

Session Chair: Stephen Johnston, Founder, Aging2.0

Panelists:  
  • Myron Kowal, Owner, Response Care, Inc.
  • Alicia Heazlitt, Director of Strategy and Collaboration Guru, InnovateLTC
  • Courtney Larned, VP, Marketing and Corporate Communications, CareSync
  • Robert Primosch, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • Laura Mitchell, VP of Business Development, GrandCare Systems


Salon 2 – Mobile Innovation and App Forum – Mobility and Dexterity
This session will cover the fast expanding sector of mobile apps available to users with mobility and dexterity impairments.  After a kick-off presentation assessing the main advances of mobile apps and services for persons with mobility and dexterity impairments, the session will review innovative solutions in a panel format.  The session will then open the floor to audience participants for the sharing of innovative apps, if any, in a Smackdown format, presenting as much as they can in 3 minutes each. 

Session Chair:  Ben Lippincott, Project Director, Consumer and Industry Outreach/Education/Support, Wireless RERC

Panelists:
  • Mauricio Meza, CEO, Komodo OpenLab, Inc.
  • Gary McFarlane, CEO and Founder, Assist-MI
  • Jim Mueller, Director, The Wireless RERC’s App Factory Project
  • Harry Lew, Research and Development Manager, Neil Squire Society

Salon 3  – Making Mobile e-Commerce Work for Seniors and Users of All Abilities
The fast rate of adoption among seniors of smart phones and tablets, thanks to easy to use robust apps, is bringing a new population of buyers to all forms of e-commerce.  What services have been most successful with seniors and which features should marketers among corporations be attentive to will be discussed by panelists representing research consultancies, mainstream consumer goods and services companies with representatives of the senior user community.

Session Chair: Anna Bradley, CEO, Criterion 508 Solutions, Inc.

Panelists:
  • Andrew AJ Johnson, Managing VP, Gartner Research, The Gartner Group
  • Victor Tsaran, Sr. Accessibility Program Manager, PayPal
  • Jamie van den Bergh, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Clarity, a division of Plantronics, Inc.
  • S. Alyssa Simpson, Senior Product Manager, Mobile, IBM Software Group 
  • Rob Hanna, Chief Information Architect, Ascan Information Architects
  • Pina D’Intino, Sr. Manager, Enabling Solutions and Support Management, Scotiabank; G3ict Chair, Financial Services Initiative)


12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch in Showcase Area
Hosted by Disney SyncLink Technology
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.

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Parallel Sessions


Studio B – Rich Media Accessibility on Mobile Platforms
After having succeeded in making traditional TV broadcasting accessible to persons with disabilities, accessibility advocates are now facing the daunting challenge of addressing the issue of making millions of user-generated videos and other rich media contents accessible on the Internet while exploring how to fully leverage the potential of mobile platforms for the delivery of captions or audio description. This session will review the experience of accessibility services for rich media contents in the United States and Canada, explore how mobile platforms can support those services and examine some of the difficult legal challenges still unresolved in relation to the copyrights of video contents captioned of audio described by third parties.

Session Chair: Fernando Laguarda, VP External Affairs and Policy Counselor, Time Warner Cable

Panelists:
  • Robert Pearson, Director, Accessible Digital Media, Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)
  • Maria Victoria Diaz, CEO, Dicapta
  • Blake E. Reid, Assistant Clinical Professor, Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic, Colorado Law   
  • Sylvia Rosenthal, The Metropolitan Washington Ear


Studio D – Promoting Universal Design in the Mobile Industry

 In nearly all situations, the technology used by consumers isn’t designed entirely by one entity, but instead the hardware, operating system, software and internet service are usually designed and serviced by separate companies. Because of this, ensuring universal access for people with disabilities in wireless technology is no easy task. Accessibility requires coordination across multiple entities—including the carrier, the hardware developer, the software developer, and the operating system developer—that all have an impact on the user’s experience. This panel will explore this challenge and uncover best practices and solutions.

Session Chair: Jeff Brandt, Director, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T

    Panelists:
  • Mike Shebanek, Senior Director of Accessibility, Yahoo!
  • Kari Pitkäranta, Nokia
  • Ferran Gállego, CTO, Code Factory
  • Bill Belt, Senior Director, Technology and Standards, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
  • Matthew Gerst, Director, State Regulatory & External Affairs, CTIA – The Wireless Association
  • Kevin Carey, Chair, Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB); Chair of Technical Committee, World Blind Union; and G3ict Trustee

Studio E Promoting the Use of Accessible Mobile Technologies for the Workplace
Promoting accessible technology for the employment of persons with disabilities may become easier with the advent of new accessibility solutions developed for mobile platforms. This session will discuss how to best promote the usage of accessible mobile technologies to support persons with disabilities in the workplace from telephony to on-demand remote sign language, way finding, captioning or multiple innovative user interfaces for tablets. The session will also review the latest findings of the book written on "Uncovering Hidden Human Capital: How leading corporations leverage multiple abilities in their workforce" by Debra Ruh and will discuss how the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT), launched by Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, is currently working to bring together employers, technology developers, accessibility thought leaders, policymakers, and consumers on this topic.

Session Chair:  Loren Mikola, Project Director, Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT)

Panelists:
  • Debra Ruh, Disability Inclusion Strategist, Ruh Global, Chair of the G3it Employment Task Force
  • John Sanchez, Research Architect, IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center
  • Henry Claypool, Executive Vice President for Policy, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • Mark Balsano, Executive Director, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T
  • Pina D’Intino, Sr. Manager, Enabling Solutions and Support Management, Scotiabank;  G3ict Chair, Financial Services Initiative


Studio F Making Conferences and Public Events Accessible with Mobile Solutions
This session will review some of the very innovative and promising mobile solutions which can enhance the accessibility of conferences and of a variety of public events in an effective fashion.  Such solutions include dedicated accessible mobile apps for events, way finding, mobile based captioning, or Video Remote Interpretation on demand to name a few.  Several of those solutions will be offered during the M-Enabling Summit.  After individual presentations of the apps and services available at the M-Enabling Summit, a discussion will be engaged with participants on user’s experience and how those solutions may be further developed and promoted in the future so that their availability become common practice in all conferences.

Session Chair: Caroline Van Howe, COO, Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)

Panelists:
  • Joe Cioffi, CEO and Founder, ClickAndGo Wayfinding Maps LLC
  • Robert Brooker, President, Signaids
  • Erica Alley, Ph.D. candidate in Interpretation at Gallaudet University and Interpreter, Gallaudet Interpreting Services, Gallaudet University   
  • Gerry Ellis, Feel The BenefIT; Fellow of The Irish Computer Society; ITU
  • Andrea Saks, International Telecommunications Specialist for the Deaf; Chairperson, Joint Coordinating Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors, ITU


Salon 2 – Mobile Innovation and App Forum – Learning and Cognitive
This session will cover the fast expanding sector of mobile apps available to users with learning and cognitive impairments.  After a kick-off presentation assessing the main advances of mobile apps and services for persons with learning and cognitive disabilities, the session will review innovative solutions in a panel format.  The session will then open the floor to audience participants for the sharing of innovative apps, if any, in a Smackdown format, presenting as much as they can in 3 minutes each.  Q&A will follow.

Session Chair:  Christopher Lee, Ph.D., Director, AMAC (Accessibility Solutions and Research Center), Georgia Institute of Technology

Panelists:
  • Susanna Laurin, CEO, Funka Nu AB
  • Cristen Reat, Co-Founder & Program Coordinator at Easter Seals Greater Houston, BridgingApps.org/Easter Seals
  • Ricardo Garcia, International Business Development, ONCE & ONCE Foundation Business Group
  • Sandy Hanebrink, Executive Director, Touch the Future, Inc.  
  • Antoinette Wright, Grant Manager, ARCA (ARCA SMART Travel Program)
  • David Fazio, President, Helix Opportunity 

Salon 3 – Mobile for “Smart Homes”
Mobile devices empower seniors and persons with disabilities to remotely control 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 and the “Internet of Things”.  Panelists will present solutions currently available in the marketplace and discuss ways to support seniors, Veterans and persons with disabilities in adopting “Smart Home” solutions for greater independence. A discussion of communication protocols will ensue underlying the requirements for interoperability, robustness, and further standardization

Session Chair: Steve Ewell, Executive Director, CEA Foundation

Panelists:
  • Kevin Meagher, VP & GM Iris SmartHome, Lowe’s
  • Greg Rhoades, Director Marketing Security & Automation, Leviton
  • Kevon Kothari, Director, Corporate Development, Intel-GE Care Innovations LLC
  • Steve Tyler, Head, Innovation and Development, RNIB / World Blind Union

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Refreshment Break in Showcase Area
Hosted by EZFire
Offered between sessions, the Summit refreshment breaks will allow participants to network and meet in the conveniently located showcase area outside the meeting rooms.

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom
Closing Session: Lessons Learnt, New Directions for the M-Enabling Eco-System
The closing session will bring together participating thought leaders from industry, government and the user community who will summarize key findings and explore new directions and opportunities identified for the global mobile accessibility eco-system during the 2014 M-Enabling Summit.

Session Chair:  Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor

    Panelists:
  • Pratik Patel, Founder and CEO, EZFire
  • Kevin Carey, Chair, Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB); Chair of Technical Committee, World Blind Union; and G3ict Trustee
  • Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Susan Mazrui, Director, Public Policy, AT&T
  • Claude Stout, Executive Director,  Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)

4:30 p.m.
M-Enabling 2015 Agenda and Concluding Remarks:

  • Ned Krause, CEO, E.J. Krause & Associates
  • Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict


Adjournment, Showcase Closes   

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Program Committee Coordination:

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