M-Enabling 2016: Learn What’s Up in Mobile Accessibility

M-Enabling 2016 LogoNext week is the 2016 M-Enabling Summit on mobile accessibility. Deque is pleased to return as a sponsor, and we hope you’ll stop by our booth, one of the many panels we’re participating in, and Monday night’s M-Enabling reception.

We are especially excited about our schedule of panels this year: our CEO, Preety Kumar, and our Chief Product Officer, Dylan Barrell, will be participating in panels on human interfaces, scaling accessibility, trends in international accessibility compliance, and financial services accessibility. Matt Isner from our dev team will be talking about accessibility innovation in large organization, and our Director of training, Paul Bohman, will be talking about accessibility in higher ed. They are joined by an amazing roster of fellow panelists, and each session promises to be a dynamic and informative take on the state of mobile accessibility and digital accessibility in general.

Deque Booth at the M-Enabling Showcase

This year we’re in Showcase Booth 8. Stop by to pick up some information and a demo of any of our WorldSpace products. We’ll also be previewing a new mobile accessibility tool. And you can sign up for an exclusive, in-depth demo of our mobile accessibility offerings with any Deque representative at the booth.

Panel Schedule

Monday, June 13th

9:05-10:15am Plenary Panel: Game Changers in Human Interfaces (Dylan Barrell – panelist)
A discussion among leading experts of how latest innovations dramatically expand the way users interact with technology devices, contents and services, and what to expect in the near future.

Session Chair: Steve Ewell, Executive Director, CTA Foundation

  • Dylan Barrell, Chief Technology Officer, Deque Systems
  • Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect, Amazon Lab126
  • Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft
  • KR Liu, Head, Sales and Marketing Strategy, Doppler Labs. Board of Directors, HLAA
  • Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer, IBM
  • Jeff Wieland, Head of Accessibility, Facebook

3:10-4:30pm Financial Services Accessibility (Preety Kumar – panelist)
Financial Services are one of the most important enablers of independent living for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. With the aging of the population, the number of financial services clients living with disabilities is steadily increasing. This session will review the latest developments occurred around the world from a compliance, innovation and market development perspective. It will also look at some of the most important innovations which are changing the way people bank and communicate, including via versatile mobile devices with excellent accessibility features. The result of a G3ict global survey as well as a summary of the recent seminar it organized in Paris with European Banks will be discussed.

Session Chair: Alireza Darvishy, Head, Accessibility Center, Credit Suisse

  • Jake Abma, Accessibility Lead, ING Bank (The Netherlands)
  • Gerry Ellis, Feel The BenefIT, Fellow of the Irish Computer Society and Vice Chairman of ITU JCA-AHF
  • Gita Esmieu, Program Director, Financial Services Accessibility, G3ict
  • Preety Kumar, CEO, Deque Systems
  • Jeremiah Rogers, Assistive Technology Support Analyst, HR Systems CARE, Wells Fargo

Tuesday, June 14th

9:30-10:50am Global Trends in Compliance: U.S. DOJ, CRPD Committee, European Accessibility Act, other countries, G3ict global compliance trends analysis (Preety Kumar – panel chair)
The convergence of legislative, regulatory and judicial pressures on large organizations to comply with ICT accessibility standards in many countries creates a flurry of questions, uncertainties and opportunities for both the public and private sectors. This session will attempt to clarify the actual status and time line that large organizations should expect in terms of enforcement of accessibility requirements. Speakers will include representatives of the main U.S. Federal Agencies, experts in the new European Accessibility Act and G3ict analysts surveying trends globally.

Session Chair: Preety Kumar, CEO, Deque Systems

  • David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board
  • Eve Hill, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Chad T. Jerdee, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Accenture
  • Jeff Lewis, Chief Accessibility Officer, AT&T
  • Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, Deputy Head of Unit for Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Directorate General for Justice, European Commission
  • James Thurston, Vice President, Global Strategy and Development, G3ict

11:20am-12:40pm Spotlight on Accessibility Innovations in Large Organizations (Matt Isner – panelist)
Among large organizations with considerable ICT interaction with users, airlines, banks and local governments are among the first to implement organization-wide accessibility compliance programs, prompted by legal but also marketing and CSR considerations. This session will facilitate the sharing of experience among leading organizations committed to deliver accessible ICT contents and services to the public, including real world challenges and solutions.

Session Chair: Andrew AJ Johnson, Managing VP, Gartner Research

  • Jake Abma, Accessibility Lead, ING Bank (The Netherlands)
  • Julie Carver, Development Director, PRIDE Industries Foundation
  • Dave Herr, ?Vice President, Public Sector and Corporate Business, Texthelp
  • Matt Isner, JavaScript Developer, Deque Systems
  • Jeff Kline, Program Director, Statewide EIR Accessibility, Texas Department of Information Resources
  • Fernando Pardeiro S., COO, Inclusite
  • Matthew Triner, Director, North America, User 1st

1:40-3:00pm Driving and Scaling Up Accessibility in the Organization (Dylan Barrell – panelist)
For large organizations operating in multiple countries and business segments, ensuring that all their ICT products and services are accessible and comply with local laws and regulations is a difficult challenge. This session will look at the methodologies, technologies and organizational steps required to achieve consistency of results. Panelists will share some of the most mature examples of multinational companies and government agencies fully engaged in such processes followed by a discussion among experts in promoting accessibility in large organizations.

Session Chair: Frances West, Chief Accessibility Officer, IBM

  • Dylan Barrell, Chief Technology Officer, Deque Systems
  • Jeff Brandt, Director, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO), AT&T
  • John Combs, Senior Manager of Accessibility, Cisco Systems
  • Deborah Kaplan, 508 Policy Lead and HHS 508 Coordinator at Office of the CIO, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Co-Chair of the Education Subcommittee, Federal CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice
  • Bill Nagle, Vice President of Product Management, Discover Technologies

1:40-3:00pm Innovative Paths for Accessible Contents in Higher Education (Paul Bohman – panelist)
Innovative models and activities are emerging which support the creation of accessible learning materials, both from the publisher perspective, faculty and industry. Meanwhile, the pervasive creation of web contents by faculty, students and administration requires universities to implement new processes such as ICT accessibility certification, training and supporting developers and to evolve towards a system-wide approach, including evaluation and remediation processes for developers and content managers and strategies for addressing social media accessibility issues.

Session Chair: Isabelle Turmaine, Director, Information Projects and Services, International Association of Universities (IAU)

  • Paola Isabel Alcázar Hernández, Director of Outreach, Universidad del Norte – Barranquilla (Colombia)
  • Paul Bohman, Ph.D., Director of Training, Deque Systems and IAAP Certification Committee Chair
  • Alireza Darvishy, Ph.D., Head of the ICT Accessibility Lab, Zurich University for Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
  • Sarah Horton, UX Strategy Lead, The Paciello Group
  • Gian Wild, Founder and CEO, AccessibilityOz (Australia)


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Deque (pronounced dee-cue) stands for digital equality. For over 20 years, our software, services and training have helped eliminate billions of accessibility barriers from websites, mobile apps and other digital content - improving the web for everyone, including people with disabilities.

We work with enterprise-level businesses and organizations to ensure that their sites and mobile apps are accessible. Our axe tools have been downloaded over one billion times by accessibility champions around the world. Our experts have implemented thousands of successful accessibility programs. Our training has impacted over a hundred thousand learners.

Deque is the digital accessibility industry standard.
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