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AccessWorld Magazine Tech Summit and Showcase Detailed Agenda

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - Agenda

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome, Opening Remarks
Moderator: Lee Huffman, AccessWorld and Technology Information Editor

9:15 – 10:15 Google
Presenter: Shawn Lauriat, Software Engineer, Google
A discussion of the accessibility of Google Docs.

10:15 – 10:30 15-Minute Break

10:30 – 11:30 IBM
Title: Going Social and Mobile in the Enterprise
Presenters: Peter Fay, IBM Advocacy and Outreach Manager and Tom Babinszki, IBM Accessibility Advisor
Description: This session will focus on how IBM and other leading enterprises are leveraging accessibility tools and standards to enable collaboration across the enterprise. Learn how IBM Connections, the world's leading social collaboration platform, was designed from the ground up to be accessible by leveraging the WAI-ARIA standard that makes keyboard navigation with JAWS a snap. As the use of mobile devices explodes in the workplace, new approaches and tools are emerging that guide app designers how to ensure their apps can be used by everyone. This session will include a presentation, live demonstrations along with the presentation in which we will showcase how a corporate wide initiative can change how organizations approach accessibility training.

11:30 – 12:00 My Blind Spot (QuickBooks Accessibility)
Title: The Quest for QuickBooks: How a Small Nonprofit and a Corporate Giant Joined Forces for Greater Accessibility
Presenter: Albert Rizzi, Founder and CEO, My Blind Spot Inc.
Description: For almost twenty years, blind, visually impaired, and other print disabled individuals have been on a quest for access to mainstream accounting software. This search is culminating with the 2014 release of QuickBooks for Windows.

This presentation tells the story of how My Blind Spot teamed up with Intuit, Inc., to ensure greater accessibility to QuickBooks for the blind and print disabled. Powered by a mix of grassroots passion and corporate executive sponsorship, this collaboration overcame many challenges and finally succeeded in making QuickBooks work with popular screen reading technologies, significantly expanding career options in bookkeeping, accounting, and tax preparation for people with visual impairments. The presentation includes a demonstration of the revised, accessible QuickBooks for Windows and a discussion of future accessibility initiatives.

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch Break

1:30 – 2:00 Charmtech Labs, LLC.
Title: A Discussion and Demonstration of Capti Narrator
Presenter: Dr. Yevgen Borodin, Research Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University and President and CEO of Charmtech Labs LLC
Description: Very few technologies have been developed to be universally accessible from the start. While mainstream technologies are advancing at a rapid pace, their accessibility is often an afterthought. With the third-party assistive tools forced to retrofit, they are always lagging behind the latest innovations. In this presentation, I will give a historic overview of how we have been "chasing the moving target" in Web accessibility. I will examine some strategies we could have pursued to keep up with the chase, and I will propose a solution that could help us win this race. As a case in study, I will demonstrate Capti Narrator – a universally-accessible cross-platform application which has a built-in screen-reader for intelligent web browsing and which enables people to listen to web pages and other documents through an easy-to-use Playlist interface.

2:00 – 3:00 Yahoo!
Title: Yahoo's Accessibility Progress
Presenters: Gary Moulton, Yahoo Accessibility Program Manager, Mike Shebanek, Yahoo Senior Director of Accessibility, and Alan Brightman, Yahoo VP and Research Fellow
Description: At Yahoo, as in most large companies, product development depends upon a company-wide Design Language to ensure that every product conforms to uniquely specific standards. Our Design Language, in other words, determines the look and feel and usability of Yahoo products, which is why Yahoo's Accessibility Team is a key contributor to this central resource. In addition, the team conducts regular training sessions and high level evaluations with Designers and Developers across the company to make sure the Accessibility guidelines are well understood and implemented. In this presentation we will review our progress in this area and demonstrate the accessibility of one of Yahoo's recent mobile apps.

3:00 – 3:15 App Smack down (best apps, access issues with apps, needs for Apps)
Moderator: Paul Schroeder, Vice President of Programs and Policy, AFB

3:15 – 3:30 15-Minute Break

3:30 – 4:30 Facebook
Title: Accessibility Efforts at Facebook 
Presenter: Jeff Wieland
Description: Facebook's dedicated accessibility team was founded in May of 2012. This presentation will cover the genesis of the team, some of the things we've done to improve the accessibility of our products, and the steps we've taken to empower all of engineering to tackle accessibility more efficiently.

4:30 – 5:00 Panasonic, Final Questions and Closing Remarks
Presenter: Tony Jasionowski, Senior Group Manager Accessibility,Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Description: A presentation of Panasonic's newly improved 2014 accessible Viera HDTVs and bone conduction headphones.

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