Looking Ahead: Deque Systems at USBLN 2017

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USBLN Logo in green and blue: USBLN, business leadership network, driving success through disability inclusionOn August 21-24, Deque Systems will be attending the 2017 USBLN 20th Annual Conference & Biz2Biz Expo at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL. The USBLN is a national non-profit that focuses on business-to-business partnerships to develop and share strategies for people with disabilities in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace.

The theme for this year's conference is "Disability: A Catalyst for Innovation". The conversation around disability and inclusion is no longer a niche term, it is now a key component for companies' innovation and success. This year's conference is expected to be record-breaking in numbers and now includes a Technology Track. We can't wait to see what's in store, and we hope to see you there!

Our Involvement

Deque Systems is a proud Sapphire sponsor for this year's conference. We will be manning a booth in the expo hall, sponsoring the Biz2Biz Expo Opening Welcome Reception, and sponsoring the Biz2Biz Expo Breakfast on Wednesday.  You definitely don't want to miss our CEO, Preety Kumar, who will be participating and presenting in digital accessibility related presentations and roundtables (For more information, please see the sessions below).

Our team of accessibility experts will be at our booth, ready to have an in-depth discussion around workplace accessibility assessment and testing. Come find us at booth #33, or by downloading the exhibitor map on the conference event app. Steve Sawcyzn will also be showcasing basic demos and advanced demos upon request. Be sure to stop by and say hi!

Sessions You Don't Want to Miss...

Creating Accessible Content
Tuesday, 10:05-11:20am - Mediterranean 2 (Preety Kumar)

In order for companies to communicate inclusively and effectively, both internally and externally, content needs to be accessible. We will walk through the business case on why this is important for organizations and what you can do to help ensure content accessibility is top of mind for your teams. In this session, companies will share best practices and strategies to promote the creation of accessible emails, documents, media, PowerPoints, and more.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate the use of assistive technology that interfaces with accessible and not-so-accessible content.
  2. Learn three simple things to do to make all content more accessible for employees and customers with disabilities.
  3. Take away strategies for promoting the creation of accessible content within your organizations.

Innovations in Accessible Technology
Thursday, 9:00-10:15am - Palazzo D (Preety Kumar)

Join business leaders as they share the latest innovations in accessible technology research. Companies will discuss their journeys into innovation projects that focus on people with disabilities, lessons learned, and strategies for moving from research to reality. How 'Inclusive Design' can ensure that innovation embraces disability as a part of being human, with designs that empower everyone. Demos will include the latest IoT innovations to make your home smarter, wayfinding technology for people who are Blind, etc.

Arrive at the Conference Prepared

New to digital accessibility? Don't worry, downloading our guide can help you prepare before you arrive at USBLN.

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For over fifteen years, Deque has been helping major corporations, government agencies, and other organizations ensure that their websites and mobile apps are accessible to everyone. We have more than fifteen years of history of serving the federal government, including undertaking the biggest accessibility program that's occurred in the United States government or anywhere. Deque also works with .edu's and mission-focused nonprofits to ensure that their materials and systems are usable and barrier free for users with disabilities. The company invented the first accessibility plug-in software, the first web-based testing platform, and the first server-based accessibility solution. All of these have been created in the service of helping our customers become accessible, advance the goals of their organization, and remove barriers for all users on the web.