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AccessWorld Magazine Tech Summit and Showcase Agenda

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Salon C

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

10:05 – 10:25 Federal Communications Commission, Disability Rights Office

Speakers: Suzy Rosen Singleton, Chief, and Will Schell, Attorney-Advisor, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

Description: This presentation will provide an overview of timely information about the Commission’s new user interface rules which establish accessibility requirements for televisions, set-top boxes, and similar devices manufactured, leased, or requested after December 20, 2016, that receive or play back video programming.

10:25 – 10:45 Yahoo!

Speaker: Darren Burton, Yahoo! Accessibility Specialist

Description: Yahoo! will demonstrate its Fantasy Sports mobile app on the iOS platform using the VoiceOver screen reader. Presenters will demonstrate Yahoo!’s new accessible March Madness bracket game, the first ever to be accessible to people with vision loss.

10:45 – 11:05 Sprint

Speaker: April Lufriu, Sprint Vision Ambassador

Description: This presentation will explain how Sprint Vision is specifically focused on the telecommunication needs of blind and low vision individuals, and it will outline how it is working behind the scenes with phone manufacturers and service providers to ensure the best experience for its blind and low vision customers. The combination of accessible technology and telecommunications aligns beautifully with AccessWorld’s work and mission; therefor, Sprint Accessibility is proud to sponsor the first edition of the upcoming, newly-formatted, AccessWorld magazine.

Sprint Vision is committed to becoming the wireless provider of choice for the blind and low vision community, and we need your help. Sprint will be asking session attendees for feedback and suggestions for customer-centered solutions.

11:05 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 11:35 VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, The Miniature Implantable Telescope

Speaker: Lind Stevens, OTRL, SCLV, MS, Clinical Specialist, Mid-Atlantic

Description: The CentraSight treatment program uses a tiny telescope that is implanted inside the eye. The telescope implant, created from VisionCare Inc., has been demonstrated to improve vision and quality of life for suitable individuals affected by End-Stage Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). The presentation will discuss how the device works and the evaluation process to determine candidacy for surgery.

11:35 – 11:55 Verizon

Speaker: Zachary Bastian, Verizon

Description: 5G is a hot topic in wireless. Just last week, Verizon announced pilot services to customers in 11 markets across the US by mid-2017. But what is 5G? How is it different from previous standards? And how could it impact accessibility? This presentation will walk through what infrastructure is needed to support the network, how it works, and how it could enhance opportunities for accessible services.

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

12:00 - 2:00 Lunch Break

2:00 Exhibitors' Forum

2:00 - 2:10 Envision America, Chrissy Burke, Sales Representative

2:10 - 2:20 OrCam, Motti Attia, Sales Development Manager

2:20 - 2:30 Eschenbach Optik, Ron Dare, Mid-West Senior Territory Manager

2:30 - 2:40 Enhanced Vision, James Bailey, Director of Sales, Eastern US

2:40 - 2:50 Accessibyte, Joe Jorgenson, Founder

2:50 - 3:00 VFO, Jerry Marindin, Director of Federal Sales

3:00 – 3:20 HumanWare

Speaker: Mike Tindell, Blindness Product Specialist

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.

3:20 - 3:30 AccessWorld Magazine Tech Summit and Showcase Closing Comments, Lee Huffman, AccessWorld Editor-in-Chief

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