Conference Program At-a-Glance

MONDAY, JUNE 12

TUESDAY, JUNE 13

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14

DAY ONE: Monday, June 12, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – IAAP Exams

IAAP will be offering on-site proctored exam sessions for both the CPACC (Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies) Certification and WAS (Web Accessibility Specialist) Certificate. Accommodations will be provided upon request to candidates with disabilities. 

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Registration 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.  Christopher Lee, who oversees the certification activities of IAAP on behalf of its Global Leadership Council and Paul Bohman, Chair of the Certification Committee of IAAP, 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.  Members of the Global Leadership Council of the IAAP from both the U.S. and overseas will share their most recent observations and suggestions for moving forward.

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. 

  • U.S. Access Board Introductory Remarks  
  • Panel: Public Procurement: Section 508 Refresh, EN standard, U.S. Department of Justice
  • International Policy Developments
  • Implications for organizations

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: To be announced
Panelists: To be announced

IAAP Organization Track

Studio D | Digital Accessibility Legal Update

A comprehensive review of the current legal environment and of the latest jurisprudence and structured negotiations case studies among Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions and government entities.

Session Leader: To be announced

IAAP Technical Track

Studio E | The Shift to Universal Design: Challenges and Strategies

Universal Design is embraced by an increasing number of large organizations.  Universal Design principles make great sense and generally help organizations be far more successful in understanding and addressing the needs of their market place.  This session will review the strategy, methods and challenges in successfully implementing U.D. in large organizations. It will also look at the specific challenge of maintaining the interoperability of products, contents and service with assistive technologies used by persons with disabilities, for whom a universally designed product may not provide the level of functionality that they require.

Session Leader: To be announced

IAAP Technical Track

Studio F Accessible| Rich Internet Application (ARIA) Technology

WAI-ARIA, the 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, notably screen reader users and persons who cannot use a mouse. WAI-ARIA addresses those situations, including new ways to interface applications and contents with assistive technology. This session, led by one of the leading experts in the field, will provide a review of how WAI-ARIA can help developers make advanced Web applications accessible and usable to all persons with disabilities.

Session Leader: To be announced

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 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 B | ICT Accessibility in Higher Ed: Global Progress

Universities are at the forefront of work toward accessibility of information and communication technologies. What progress has occurred in ICT Accessibility in Higher Education within the global community? This session will focus on recent a global ICT survey, initiatives and milestones of the accessible digital content, trends for the Marrakesh Treaty and International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The session will also highlight global efforts of Teach Access to integrate ICT accessibility education into university curricula.

Session Chair: To be announced  
Panelists: To be announced

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Inclusive Higher Education Forum

Studio B | ICT Accessibility in Higher Ed: Success Factors

How do Institutions of Higher Education implement the adoption of accessible ICTs? This Session will introduce a model for a systemic process for institutions to engage all university stakeholders in supporting inclusion and ICT accessibility and will showcase the strategies used by two leading institutions using similar strategic implementation models.  What are the core issues regarding ICT Accessibility campus testing and certification?

Session Chair: To be announced  
Panelists: To be announced  

5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – IAAP Speed Networking Event / Showcase

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DAY TWO: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – Registration

8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
Keynote: Industry Leader

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: To be announced
Panelists: To be announced

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Showcase opens at 10:30 a.m.
Showcase Time and Refreshments
Hosted by 

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: Innovation in Enabling Environments

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

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: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Accessibility for Better Branding

Studio D | The Pervasive Impact of Accessibility on Brands

One third of households worldwide has a direct hands-on experience of disability through a family member or person they take care of and who lives with a disability.  And while strong brands are established by consistent, positive consumer experiences with a company or its products, 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 corporations have successfully integrated accessibility in their products and services design, as well as their marketing and how current technology may be leveraged to this effect.

Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Tack: 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: To be announced
Panelists: To be announced

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: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

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 Leader:  To be announced

Track: Ecosystem Prospective

Salon 5-6 | The Impact of 5G on Accessible and Assistive Services

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 review the likely features and timing of 5G generation networks and discuss the opportunities they will open for seniors, persons with disabilities, the assistive technologies and services and m-health eco-systems and smart cities environments. 

Session Chair:  To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Showcase Time and Lunch
Hosted by  
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: 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: To be announced
Panelists: To be announced

Track: Accessibility for Better Branding

Studio D | Enhancing Market Share with Accessible Communications and e-Commerce

This session will focus on why designing accessible web sites, electronic communications and e-commerce processes brings considerable returns to corporations.  The session will explore how accessibility helps expand the universe of potential clients, and how accessible web sites deliver a better experience to all users, decrease dramatically the number of calls to telephone based customer services and enhance the returns of Search Engine Optimization strategies.  When all factors are considered, both financially and from a branding and market share standpoint, accessibility is a no brainer. 

Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

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: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Connected Citizens

Studio F | Social Media and Collaborative Platforms

The accelerated rate of adoption of social media by seniors and persons with disabilities has a profound impact on their lives. This session will look at the many ways social media benefits seniors and persons with disabilities from family and social activities, work, education, health and wellness, safety to advocacy or simply breaking isolation and seclusion due to lack of mobility.  Panelists will review examples of most successful social media activities and how major social media services are adapting their offerings to make them more accessible, usable and relevant to this fast-growing group of social media users.

Session Chair:  To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

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.

Session Leader:  To be announced

Track: Ecosystem Prospective

Salon 5-6 | 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: To be announced  
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Sponsored Session

Salon 7 | JAN – University of West Virginia (Workplace Accommodation App)

Session Leader:  To be announced

2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Refreshment Break
Showcase Time and Refreshments
Hosted by 
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: Innovation in Enabling Environments

Studio B | Robotics Solutions  

Robots 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.  For seniors and persons with motor disabilities, a robot can be of tremendous help at home, at work and in all circumstances.  This session will explore the burgeoning market for robots and the type of services likely to be most successful among seniors and persons with disabilities. 

Session Chair:  To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: Accessibility for Better Branding

Studio D | Best in Class Accessibility Solutions for Consumer Markets, A Fortune 500 Scorecard

This last session of the “Accessibility for Better Branding” will review the methodology and results of a web site accessibility survey conducted by “My Blind Spot” with a Fortune 500 Scorecard identifying the best web sites among large companies from an accessibility and usability standpoint.  Winners in major categories such as financial services, government, travel and e-commerce will be invited to share their experience and answer questions from the audience. 

Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

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: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

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 Chair:  To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

Track: IAAP Technical Session

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

Mobile web and Native Apps should be designed with accessibility in mind, including ensuring interfaces with the multiple accessibility features provided by iOS, Android and other mobile operating systems.  This session will examine how those requirements should be met for both types of apps, how current industry trends may influence accessible app design, and the benefits for organizations using mobile web to leverage the large overlap between mobile web guidelines and WCAG. 

Session Leader: To be announced

Track: Ecosystem Prospective  

Salon 5-6 | 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: To be announced
Panelists: To be announced

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: 

5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Showcase Time and Cocktail Reception
Hosted by

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

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – Registration

8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.
Grand Ballroom
Opening Remarks, Keynote: To be announced

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: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

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

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.

Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists: To be announced

Track: Scaling-Up Accessibility

Studio D | Innovative Services from Mobile Operators around the World

Mobile service providers play a considerable role in the promotion of accessible technologies by promoting accessible handsets and services but also by offering new services specifically designed for seniors or persons with disabilities.  From the United States to France, Italy, Turkey, Colombia or Africa, the diversity of innovative solutions brought to market is astounding.  This session will review some of the most intriguing innovative services offered by mobile service providers in different countries.

Session Chair: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

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: To be announced 
Panelists:  To be announced 

Track: From Labs to the Marketplace

Studio F | Virtual and Augmentative Reality

Gaming apps and devices have driven the early use of virtual and augmented reality, helping create scale and making devices available at a lower cost for assistive technologies.  This session will discuss the main areas of application of virtual and augmented reality for persons with disabilities, which areas are most promising and what are the early applications that already bring real world benefits to users.

Session Chair: To be announced 
Panelists: To be announced

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: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced 

Track: IAAP Organization Session

Salon 5 | 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: To be announced 
Panelists: To be announced    

10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. | Showcase Time and Refreshments
Hosted by 
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: 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: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced

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 RTT is very much on the priority list of deaf advocates, global standardization and harmonization has not occurred yet, which may cause a detrimental lack of interoperability among services and systems.  This session will attempt to present the status of current standardization efforts, and discuss possible paths to resolving the current lack of harmonization with the participation of representatives of major international standardization organizations.

Session Chair: To be announced 
Panelists:  To be announced 

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: To be announced 
Panelists:  To be announced 

Track: From Labs to the Marketplace

Studio F | Artificial Intelligence Applied to Assistive Solutions

Artificial Intelligence applied to assistive solutions is at the forefront of innovations in Cognitive Computing for the betterment of users’ experience.  With the ability to identify users’ abilities, understand their tasks, and monitor their environment, artificial intelligence embedded in assistive solutions carry the potential to offer new solutions for greater independent living.  This session will review recent innovations based on AI processes embedded in assistive solutions and discuss how those may further transform the field of assistive technologies by shifting to systems that can learn and adjust to the needs and situations of users.

Session Chair: To be announced 
Panelists:  To be announced 

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: To be announced
Panelists:  To be announced 

Track: IAAP Organization Session

Salon 5 | 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 how their ways of doing things.

Session Leader: To be announced

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Showcase Time and Lunch
Hosted by  

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: Knowledge Contents Accessibility

Studio B | 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: To be announced 
Panelists:  To be announced 

Track: Scaling-Up Accessibility

Studio D | 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: To be announced 
Panelists:  To be announced 

Track: End User Solutions

Studio E | Wearable Computing Solutions

With the miniaturization of wireless components, low power consumption and battery technologies, wearable technologies are generating an entirely new generation of assistive solutions. This session will look at the most recent innovative products available in the marketplace, such as watches, bracelets, buttons, pins, fabrics for clothes, glasses, sensors which support a wide area of assistive applications.  The session will discuss which applications of wearable technologies can really benefit Seniors and Persons with Disabilities and provide an overview of available solutions and look at a selection of best in class devices and applications. 

Session Chair: To be announced 
Panelists:  To be announced 

Track: From Labs to the Marketplace

Studio F | Standards for Navigation Apps and Services

The considerable success of navigation apps and services on mobile devices used by everyone carries much promises for persons with disabilities.  This session will examine why and how standardization of navigation apps and services may bring substantial benefits to users and service providers.  An update of current standardization efforts will be presented, followed by a discussion among users, app developers and service providers.

Session Chair: To be announced 
Panelists:  To be announced 

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: To be announced 
Panelists:  To be announced 

Track: IAAP Organization Session

Salon 5 | Accessibility Competency Requirements Throughout an Organization

From information systems to procurement, product design, marketing, customer services and compliance, accessibility 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: To be announced

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
With the participation of: To be announced

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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