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Global Policy Briefing on Mobile Accessibility - Hosted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for M-Enabling Participants

BY SESSION

Monday, December 5, 2011 - Morning
FCC Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

8:45-9:15 a.m. - INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Kareem Dale, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement and Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy
Mr. Dale coordinates the Administration's efforts to see that people with disabilities are on a level playing field with all Americans.  Originally from Chicago, Dale previously served as the National Disability Director for the Obama for America campaign.  He also served on the Arts Policy Committee and the Disability Policy Committee for then-Senator Obama.  Dale graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor's degree in Advertising in May 1995.  He received his JD/MBA in May 1999 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating Cum Laude.

Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, ITU - International Telecommunication Union
Dr. Hamadoun Touré has been Secretary-General of the ITU since January 2007; he was re-elected for a second term in October 2010. He has wide professional experience in both the public and private sectors. A national of Mali, Dr. Touré is committed to ITU as an innovative, forward-looking organization adapted to meeting the challenges created by the rapidly-changing ICT environment, and to continuing to spearhead ITU towards implementing the resolutions of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).He is married with four children and two grandchildren.

Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict
Axel Leblois is the Founder and Executive Director of G3ict - the Global Initiative for Inclusive Technologies, an Advocacy Initiative of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development. A graduate of Sciences-Po in Paris, Axel Leblois holds an MBA from INSEAD. After more than 20 years at the helm of information technology companies in the US, Axel Leblois launched G3ict in 2006, with the support of UN GAID , and in cooperation with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UNDESA.  To promote and facilitate the implementation of the dispositions of the Convention in matters of accessible and assistive ICTs, G3ict works in close cooperation with organizations representing persons with disabilities, the ICT industry, the public sector, academia and United Nations affiliated organizations.

9:15 -10:30 a.m. THE  21st  CENTURY COMUNICATIONS AND VIDEO ACCESSIBILITY ACT: BACKGROUND LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENT, RULEMAKING AND APPLICATION

Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC - Federal Communications Commission
Ms. Peltz Strauss has over 25 years experience working on issues concerning telecommunications access for people with disabilities. Before joining the FCC, she co-founded the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology, or COAT, a coalition of over 300 national and regional organizations dedicated to ensuring disability access to emerging Internet-based and digital communications technologies in the 21st century. She also served as legal counsel for Gallaudet University's National Center for Law and Deafness and the National Association of the Deaf. In 2006, Ms. Peltz Strauss published A New Civil Right: Telecommunications Equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans.

Panelists and Respondents, perspectives from stakeholders:

Jenifer Simpson, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, COAT - Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology
Jenifer Simpson co-founded and co-chairs the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT), a coalition of over 315 national and community-based organizations which advocates for accessible technology, including legislative and regulatory safeguards that ensure full access by people with disabilities. Previously, she was the Senior Director for Government Affairs at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Prior to AAPD, Ms. Simpson was in government service at the Federal Communications Commission where she implemented the disability accessibility mandates in the Communications Act; other government service includes a stint as an Employment Advisor at the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.  Before government service, Ms. Simpson worked for United Cerebral Palsy Associations in their national office where her portfolio also included technology policy. Ms. Simpson has a M.B.A. from Trinity University and a B.A. in Art from the University of Massachusetts.

Claude Stout, Executive Director, TDI - Telecommunications for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Inc.
Mr. Stout has served as Executive Director of TDI since 1997.  He also serves as Chair of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network and he is a member of the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee.  Prior to joining TDI, Mr. Stout served as Assistant Director for Community Affairs with the North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, and held positions at the National Association of the Deaf and at Gallaudet University. He graduated from Gallaudet University in 1978 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and again in 1980 with an M.B.A. degree in Management.  

Paul Schroeder, Vice President, Programs and Policy Group, AFB - American Foundation for the Blind
As vice president of Programs and Policy, Paul Schroeder oversees all of AFB's national programmatic efforts in aging, education, employment, literacy, and technology, as well as AFB's public policy and research agendas. Schroeder is intimately involved in AFB's technology initiatives, including efforts to encourage the development of mainstream products and services that are accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Schroeder also collaborates with other organizations working on policy matters in the field of blindness and visual impairment. His policy expertise and activities include the areas of telecommunications and technology policy, vocational rehabilitation, education, and public health. Schroeder earned his B.A. in political science and international studies from American University in Washington, DC.

Susan Mazrui, Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T Services, Inc.
Ms. Mazrui began work at Pacific Bell in 1994 where she gained experience in marketing, external and regulatory affairs. In 1998, she moved to the wireless field where she developed strategies for addressing Hearing Aid Compatibility and other state and federal compliance-related activities. Ms Mazrui also assisted in the development of Section 255 and 508 product development strategies in SBC and Cingular Wireless. From 1996-2007, she facilitated the Wireless Access Task Force, composed of national consumer advocates and currently works on a range of disability and consumer related initiatives at AT&T. Ms. Mazrui received her Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education with an emphasis on computer education at San Francisco State University, magna cum laude.

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. International Panel on Policies and Programs to Promote Accessible and Assistive Mobile Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

Chair:
Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, ITU - International Telecommunication Union
Dr. Hamadoun Touré has been Secretary-General of the ITU since January 2007; he was re-elected for a second term in October 2010. He has wide professional experience in both the public and private sectors. A national of Mali, Dr. Touré is committed to ITU as an innovative, forward-looking organization adapted to meeting the challenges created by the rapidly-changing ICT environment, and to continuing to spearhead ITU towards implementing the resolutions of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).He is married with four children and two grandchildren.

Panelists:

Fred Doulton, Social Affairs Officer, United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Fred Doulton is with the UN Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the Division for Social Policy and Development at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. His responsibilities include supporting the UN General Assembly and other intergovernmental processes, as well as liaising with civil society organizations and organizations of persons with disabilities. He is the Officer responsible for accessibility issues, as well as media and public information activities of the Secretariat for the Convention. Fred also coordinates the accreditation and participation of non-governmental organizations at the Conference of States Parties to the Convention. Supporting the work of the Third Committee of the General Assembly that has successfully negotiated four UN resolutions related to persons with disabilities, as well as older persons, he also coordinated the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Accessibility that was held at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC in 2010.

Mary-Louise Hayward, Social and Consumer Policy, CRTC - Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (Canada)
Ms. Hayward is responsible for the development and implementation of the CRTC's regulatory policies pertaining to the accessibility of wireless services by persons with disabilities.  Ms. Hayward has a rich and diverse background that spans more than 25 years in the business and technology of telecommunications with lead Canadian companies including Nortel Networks and Lockheed Martin Canada.  She has a keen interest in emerging technologies in both the wireless and multimedia data realms, in particular human-machine interfaces and the art of the possible.  Ms. Hayward holds a degree in Communications from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Phosa Mashangoane, General Manager, Consumer Affairs, Independent  Communications Authority of South Africa
Phosa Mashangoane is currently the General Manager responsible for Consumer Affairs at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). Over the years, he has worked with various communities in South Africa, notably for the Protection of the Interests and Rights of Consumers for ICT services. He received tertiary training in Communication and Business Administration. He is currently furthering his skills at the postgraduate level in Digital Broadcast Migration. Mr. Mashangoane holds the following qualifications: BA. Communications.(University of South Africa); BA (Hons) Communications(Rand Afrikaans University); M.A. Communications (Rand Afrikaans University) & MBA. (Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, United Kingdom).

Judy Brewer, Director, Web Accessibility Initiative, W3C
Ms. Brewer is W3C's chief liaison on accessibility policy and standardization internationally, promoting awareness and implementation of Web accessibility. Since 1997, she has coordinated several areas of work for W3C, notably developing accessibility guidelines for Web contentbrowsers and multimedia playersauthoring tools, and XML applicationsimproving tools for evaluation and repair of Web sites; conducting education and outreach on Web accessibility. She is a Principle Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Ms. Brewer is the recipient of many awards, among others a RESNA Certificate of Appreciation for efforts related to assistive technology policy development during national health care reform and an Equality of Access and Opportunity Award from the American Foundation for the Blind.

Stephen King, President-elect DAISY Consortium
Mr. King leads one of RNIB's three strategic priorities: stopping people losing their sight unnecessarily. He also leads our work with global business, government and non-governmental organizations. Since joining RNIB in 1990, Stephen has been instrumental in helping RNIB to establish its reputation as a world leader. Stephen has led on developing customer service, National Library Service, products and publications and work to improve access to TV, ICT and books, magazines and newspapers. Stephen has an MBA from the Scottish Business School at Glasgow University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Stephen has been a board member of the Daisy Consortium, and is its incoming president.

Fouad Hassoun, CEO, Medialog Accessibilities
Fouad Hassoun lost his sight at the age of 17 following the explosion of a car bomb in Beirut.  Left for dead , he eventually survived and started a quest to find an activity where he could express his capacities despite his new disability.  After having acquired two university degrees and 15 years of experience in different companies such as "Unilog" and "Handialog", Fouad founded Medialog in Lebanon in 1996.  Inspired by the achievement of Freedom Scientific's founder, in 2002 Fouad Hassoun signed an exclusive partnership with the company, a world leader for solutions designed for visually impaired computer users.  He expanded his collaboration to other companies such as Code Factory, Acapela and other leading accessibility innovators.  Fouad Hassoun supports major mobile service providers in Europe and the Middle East and has helped develop innovative business models to make accessible solutions available to the largest number of end users.

Archana Gulati, Joint Administrator, Universal Service Obligation Fund, Department of Telecommunications Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India
Ms. Gulati is a 1989 batch Indian Civil Services Officer. She is presently  posted as the Joint Administrator (Deputy Director General), Finance, Universal Service Obligation Fund, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications and IT. Ms Gulati has an Economics Honors degree from Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi University. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in General Law, an MBA degree and an MSc degree in Defense and Strategic Studies. She has a keen interest in e-government and a firm belief in the potential of ICT to act as a powerful developmental tool. She has authored several published articles on e-Government and rural ICT connectivity. 

12:15-12:30 p.m. Remarks by Julius Genachowski, Chairman, FCC - Federal Communications Commission
Since being sworn in as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in June 2009, Julius Genachowski has focused the agency on digital communications, particularly wired and wireless broadband. Under his leadership, the FCC developed and is implementing the National Broadband Plan, an ambitious strategy to harness the opportunities of high-speed Internet, and promote U.S. global competitiveness. Prior to that, Mr. Genachowski spent more than a decade working in the technology and media industries. Mr. Genachowski holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), and a B.A. from Columbia College (magna cum laude).