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AccessWorld Tech Summit Agenda

9:45 – 9:50 Welcome remarks, Lee Huffman, AccessWorldEditor-in-Chief

9:50 – 10:10 HumanWare’s Technology Toolbox

Speaker: Dominic Gagliano, Vice President Sales, HumanWare U.S.
Description: HumanWare has developed several innovative new products to challenge and raise the bar in the access technology arena.  The revolutionary digital reader Prodigi, the exciting new wireless features of the Victor Reader Stream, and the improved Trekker Breeze + are examples of how mainstream and access technologies can come together to benefit the user. HumanWare wants to know: “What are the needs and wishes for your future technology tool box?”

10:10 – 10:30 Yahoo Mobile App Accessibility

Speaker:  Darren Burton, Yahoo Accessibility Specialist
Description:Yahoo creates websites and mobile apps for people who want access to entertainment, news, and communication, and Yahoo works to assure these websites and mobile apps are accessible and usable by everyone. This presentation will cover a brief discussion of the techniques and testing strategies Yahoo uses to integrate access into its websites and mobile apps. An iPad will be used to demonstrate the accessibility of Yahoo Screen, a mobile app that enables you to enjoy a wide variety of videos from a myriad of popular sources. This presentation will demonstrate several access features of Screen, including: searching for and playing videos, rewinding and advancing videos, and accessing closed captions.

10:30 – 10:50 The Evolution of Internet Based Access Technology

Speaker: Nathaniel Bradley, CEO & Co-Founder of AudioEye, Inc.
Description: This presentation will discuss the advancements in access technology, and how accommodations and internet-based tools have made the next generation of Internet websites and utilities capable of never before seen levels of inclusiveness. This presentation will include an overview of the current AudioEye solution Web A11y Management Platform™ that provides publishers control over the accessibility of their web assets and web environments, allowing the publisher to recognize, remediate, and report its real-time accessibility status.

10:50 – 11:10 Innovations from Canon U.S.A. Inc.

Speaker: Paul Albano, Sr. Manager, Product Marketing, Canon U.S.A. Inc.
Description: Canon U.S.A., Inc., a provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions, is driven by its corporate philosophy of KYOSEI, which seeks to develop technology that continually enriches the lives of its customers and aims to build a society in which all people—regardless of differences in culture, customs, language, race, or ability can live and work in harmony. In this session, Canon will highlight the efforts it makes in the area of accessibility through Universal Design and its imageRUNNER ADVANCE lineup of multifunction devices designed for the workplace.

11:10 – 11:20 Break

11:20 – 11:40 Update on the Latest Offerings from Freedom Scientific

Speaker: Richard Tapping, Freedom Scientific Vice President, North American Sales
Description: This presentation will provide an update on the latest offerings from Freedom Scientific, including JAWS Training, a new Services division, and the recently announced TOPAZ PHD, offering true reading and writing productivity plus full PC connectivity in a collapsible, portable package.

11:40 – 12:00 An Update on the Use and Benefits of Bone-Conduction Headphone Technology

Speaker: Rob Nevin, Accessibility Director, AfterShokz
Description: AfterShokz is known for creating a product for people who are blind through its bone conducting headphones. For travel, it is now integrated with the waypoint navigation product, BlindSquare. One touch to your temple and say, “Load Be My Eyes,” and you can have visual assistance at your disposal. When you want to her it all, AfterShokz opens your ears. This presentation provides an update on the use and benefits of this technology.

12:00 – 12:20 Intuit, Building an Ecosystem for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Speaker: Ted Drake, Senior Accessibility Engineer, Intuit
Description: Intuit software, such as QuickBooks, helps small businesses grow and work more efficiently. Intuit has made much progress towards providing an accessible ecosystem for entrepreneurs and their companies. Learn more about Intuit’s solutions, goals, and inclusive design.

12:20 – 12:30 Morning Session Wrap-up and Announcements

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch (on your own)

2:00 – 2:20 Treating the Toughest Cases: Identifying the End-stage AMD Patient and Candidate Evaluation for the CentraSight® Program

Speaker: Vanessa McCarthy, CentraSight Clinical Specialist
Description: This presentation will provide a general overview about the telescope implant and the CentraSight® treatment program, which helps patients follow the steps necessary for proper diagnosis, surgical evaluation, implantation and postoperative care. Highlight s will include recent program milestones, including the October 2014 FDA approval expanding the telescope implant indication to include patients as young as 65+ and why revised CMS coding will expand patient access as the procedure becomes more readily available in the ambulatory surgical center setting.

2:20 – 2:40 Cohesive Assistive Technology Instruction and Measured Learning, the Keys to Success

Speaker: Mark Nelson, Owner and CEO, Digital Apex, LLC.
Description: Even the best programs can struggle with instructional consistency and keeping their focus on measuring learning. This presentation highlights TrainingWare® Tools to achieve those goals.

2:40 – 3:00 Sprint’s Accessible Mobile Devices

Speaker: April Lufriu, Sprint Contractor and Ambassador for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Mike Ellis, National Director; Mark Tauscher, and Liz D’Anna
Description: This presentation will focus on accessible phone options and access technologies available from Sprint.

3:00 – 3:20 Braigo Labs, Inc.

Speaker: Henry (Hoby) Wedler, Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis in Computational Organic Chemistry
Description: Over the past year, Braigo Labs, Inc. has been working on braille printing technologies, starting with Legos and expanding to current advanced technology. This presentation will give an account of Braigo Labs, how it began, and a brief history of its 13-year-old founder before exploring the work it has done in the past year. Examples and demonstration will show how Braigo Labs is working to push back the frontiers of braille printing. The presentation will also discuss how Braigo Labs plans to have hard-copy braille at the fingertips of blind people across the globe.

An Update on Accessibility Efforts at CTIA–The Wireless Association®

Speaker: Laurie Ellington, Manager, State Government Affairs, CTIA–The Wireless Association®
Description: This presentation will provide an update on CTIA’s outreach efforts on accessibility-related issues, including CTIA’s Accessibility Outreach Initiative, which is a resource designed for our member companies. CTIA will also highlight the efforts it makes to engage people with disabilities on wireless accessibility, such as our website

Vendor Forum

3:20 – 3:30 HIMS

Speaker: James McCarthy, President HIMS, Inc., and Andy Leach, Regional Sales Manager, HIMS, Inc.
Description: This presentation will showcase the E-bot iPad and Android tablet compatible reading, writing, and distance video magnifier with OCR, and the Braille Sense U2 series Braille notetakers and Braille EDGE 40 braille display. Also, HIMS will show its newest products including the Smart Beetle, a 14-cell personal-size braille display designed primarily for smartphones and tablets, as well as the portable Blaze ET, a digital multi-player with integrated OCR.

3:30 - 3:40 Odin Mobile

Speaker: Robert Felgar, General Manager of Odin Mobile
Description: This presentation will provide a high level view of the accessibility of today’s mobile devices, including iOS, Android, and basic devices. It will discuss how Odin Mobile fits into this landscape, and it will discuss how the next big development in the mobile space will be federally subsidized Lifeline service for broadband.

3:40 – 3:50 Wearable Innovation for People with Visual Impairment from OrCam

Speaker: Rhys Filmer
Description: This presentation will include an introduction and demonstration of the OrCam device—wearable technology for people who are blind and visually impaired with a smart camera that speaks what it sees.

3:50 – 4:00 BAUM Retec, Inc., Presents Blind and Low-vision Portable Solutions

Speaker: Renee Clark, Regional Sales Manager, BAUM Retec, Inc.
Description: This presentation will address portable solutions for individuals who are braille readers as well as those who use large print, with a focus on the VarioUltra Smart Braille Display and the new VisioDesk portable CCTV.

4:00 AccessWorld Technology Track Closing Comments, Lee Huffman, AccessWorld Editor-in-Chief

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