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AccessWorld Magazine Tech Summit and Showcase Agenda

Thursday, March 3, 2016

10:00–10:05 Welcome remarks, Lee Huffman, AccessWorld Editor-in-Chief

10:05–10:25 CTIA

Speaker: Matt Gerst, Director of Regulatory Affairs, CTIA®
Description: This presentation will provide an overview of current wireless industry statistics, discuss CTIA’s view on why the mobile ecosystem produces results for people who are blind/low vision, and describe CTIA’s ongoing accessibility efforts, including

10:25–10:45 Yahoo

Speakers: Mike Shebanek, Senior Director, Accessibility and Darren Burton, Yahoo Accessibility Specialist
Description: Yahoo will discuss going beyond productivity with their accessibility efforts. Presenters will demonstrate Yahoo's new Video Guide app on the iOS platform. Video Guide is a unique new app that lets you quickly find movies and TE shows playing on several different streaming services and stream them right on your phone.

10:45–11:05 Yahoo and Facebook

Speakers: Yahoo: Larry Goldberg, Director of Accessible Media and Facebook: Jeff Weiland, Head of Accessibility
Description: Introducing the “TeachAccess” Initiative (formerly “Teaching Accessibility”). In spring 2015, a group of tech companies, academic institutions, and disability advocates launched a new initiative to create models for teaching and training higher ed students of technology about accessible design and development ( This session will provide a summary of the initiative so far, as well as cover the targeted milestones for 2016.

11:05–11:15 Break

11:15–11:35 National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Speaker: Anil Lewis, M.P.A., Executive Director, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute
Description: The National Federation of the Blind continues to pioneer the field of accessibility with groundbreaking technology that empowers blind people to live the lives they want. This presentation will discuss KNFB Reader and NFB-NEWSLINE. It will also highlight work at NFB’s International Braille and Technology Center, where it houses over $2.5M of nonvisual access technology. The presentation also describes the role NFB plays in the development, design, and testing of innovative blindness and low vision technologies

11:35–11:55 Intuit

Speaker: Ted Drake, Senior Accessibility Engineer
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.

11:55–12:00 Morning Session Wrap-up and Announcements

12:00–1:30 Lunch

1:30–2:30 Exhibitor Forum

  • 1:30–1:40 HIMS Inc.
  • 1:40–1:50 Envision America
  • 1:50–2:00 Enhanced Vision
  • 2:00–2:10 NuEyes
  • 2:10–2:20 Orcam
  • 2:20–2:30 Reinecker

2:30–2:50 HumanWare

Speaker: Greg Stilson, Blindness Product Manager
Description: Evolution, innovation, and accessibility are all part of the important ways we communicate and use a combination of mainstream and access technology. What good is one without the other, and what makes a mainstream device accessible as well as usable?  The platforms on which products are designed and the options they offer are changing rapidly. So are our options and the way we connect and do our work, both in the classroom and workplace.  In this presentation, HumanWare looks at what we have today and dreams about what is promising tomorrow.

2:50–3:10 Freedom Scientific and Optelec

Speaker: Matt Ater, Vice President, Services
Description: Learn what’s new from Freedom Scientific and Optelec, the largest manufacturer of products for persons who are blind or have low vision. Solutions include video magnifiers, scan and read products, JAWS for Windows, MAGic, as well as Training and Services.

3:10–3:20 Break

3:20–3:40 Google

Speaker: Eve Andersson, Senior Manager, Accessibility Engineering
Description: Learn about new and ongoing accessibility efforts at Google.

3:40–4:00 Apple

Speaker: Sarah Herrlinger, Senior Manager, Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives
Description: Technology plays a powerful role in helping individuals to be more productive, creative and independent. Learn how the Apple ecosystem of accessible devices is supporting users who are blind or have low vision to achieve educational, professional, and personal goals. With innovative assistive technologies built right in, Apple products become powerful and affordable assistive devices.

4:00 AccessWorld Magazine Tech Summit and Showcase Closing Comments, Lee Huffman, AccessWorld Editor-in-Chief 

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