Keynote Presentations

Dreams. Fears. Accessibility. Lessons from the US Legal System

9.15am-9.55am, Thu 18 October 2018

Accessibility makes dreams come true, and a strong legal foundation is crucial for that. But it is dangerous to squeeze accessibility into a pure and narrow legal framework. Legal compliance is but one aspect of a robust accessibility initiative.

Over-emphasising the compliance side of accessibility leads to fear, and fear robs the creativity and promise of accessibility. Fear also stands in the way of relationships that are central to accessibility.

The U.S. is experiencing a burst of accessibility activity, which is good. But fear is creeping in, which is not.

Join Lainey as she shares lessons from today’s US legal environment. Let’s explore together our global challenge to prevent accessibility, inclusion and civil / human rights from being a source of fear, instead of a source of empowerment, innovation, and dreams.

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Lainey Feingold

Disability Rights Lawyer

Lainey FeingoldLainey Feingold has worked in US disability rights since 1992, and opened her own law office in 1996, from where she represents disabled people seeking full participation in all society has to offer.

Her principal work is with the blind and visually impaired community on technology and information access issues, including web and mobile accessibility.

Structured Negotiation is a collaborative problem-solving strategy that Lainey developed and has refined for over 20 years in her work addressing technology accessibility. Lainey has negotiated accessibility agreements with some of the largest organisations in the US, all without lawsuits, building relationships that help bake accessibility into organisational culture.

The Next Revolution: The Future of Technology for People with Disability

9.55am-10.30am, Thu 18 October 2018

Our rights and reflections on 25 years of the Disability Discrimination Act.
 

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Alastair McEwin

Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Alastair McEwinCommissioner McEwin’s educational background is in arts, law and business administration, he also brings a wealth of personal and professional experience with disability.

He has been the Executive Director of Community Legal Centres NSW, CEO of People with Disability Australia and Manager of the Australian Centre for Disability Law.

Commissioner McEwin appeared on the panel Inclusion Riders: People with Disability and Technology at the Human Rights and Technology conference in Sydney on 24 July, just a week after releasing the report A Future Without Violence: Quality, safeguarding and oversight to prevent and address violence against people with disability in institutional settings.

How to Change the Unchangeable from the Outside In – My Road to Game Accessibility

3:30pm-4.10pm, Thu 18 October 2018

The founder of the AbleGamers Charity is going to tell you the stories that moved the videogame industry from not caring about players with disabilities to lip-service to real accessibility.

We will also be looking at the data from a recently published study on players with accessibility.

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Mark Barlet

Founder, Ablegamers

Mark BarletWidely regarded as one of the leaders of 508 accessibility in the US, Mark manages a team of high-end accessibility experts through his veteran-founded business The Barlet Group, as well as the highly trained assistive technology experts at AbleGamers.

In 2004, Mark founded AbleGamers after Multiple Sclerosis attacked his best friend, Stephanie Walker, nearly taking away her ability to interact and connect through video games.

His vision was to ensure that no one with a disability would ever be without answers on how to conquer disabilities and continue enjoying one of the world’s largest pastimes.

Error Patterns on the Modern Web

4:10pm-4.50pm, Thu 18 October 2018

An examination of the most pervasive issues uncovered via automated and manual testing.

Using real data from both the Tenon.io web accessibility testing platform as well as anonymized data from manual audits performed by Tenon’s accessibility consultants, Karl will share common shortcomings and strategies to overcome them.

Karl Groves

Founder, Tenon.io

Karl GrovesAn unstoppable force for change and thought-leader in an industry regarded for saying “No”, Karl Groves would rather lead by example in saying “Yes, and here’s how…”

He seeks to offer solutions to complex problems relating to universal usability.

He believes that together we can meet both our goals: your business goals and his goals to lead the way in accessible user experiences.

Karl has over a decade of experience in doing IT consulting for the biggest companies in the world and biggest agencies in the U.S. government. Widely regarded as a pragmatic solution-finder, his work is cited in nearly a dozen books and used on curricula in Human-Computer Interaction across the globe.

He leads by doing, teaches from experience, and succeeds by facilitating others’ success. When others say, “That can’t be done”, Karl shows them how.