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G3ict presents at ATIA - AIA Forum at CSUN 2012: "Taking Accessibility Mainstream: Making the Case for an International Society of Accessibility Professionals"

Session Description

11:45 - 12:30    Challenge 2: The Increase in International Accessibility Policy Activities & Standards Work– How to Keep Up & When to Influence?

Moderator:   Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Accessibility, Adobe Systems

Panelists:       Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict
                       Ken Salaets,  Director of Global Policy/Executive Director of AccessStar, Information Technology Industry  Council (ITI)
                       Judy Brewer, Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

Policy activities and standards work is increasing worldwide. With this onslaught of activity, many companies are challenged to keep up with these efforts and to understand them. Once aware, the challenge becomes to understand what impact it has on them, how and whether to engage, and how to implement new requirements.

This session will discuss the breadth of pending policies and accessibility efforts and provide an open dialogue on how to deal with the magnitude of this challenge. How does an organization keep up and when should they get involved? How do the policy and standards changes impact the efforts of the development community? How can we change the way developers and business leaders think about creating accessible products?

About the ATIA-AIA Accessibility Forum

Hosted by:
Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA) - the technical & engineering division of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)

This accessibility forum is intended to bring focus to the needs of the development community in achieving accessible technology. The objective of this Forum is to allow for sharing of insights and best practices, discussion of critical issues facing the industry, and advancement of the concept of an International Accessibility Professional Society with an infrastructure to support it. The goal is for those within the business and development communities to be the driving force for change in the accessible technology environment.

Who Should Attend?
All individuals worldwide currently focused on advancing accessibility within their organization or with a need to begin an accessibility implementation within their organizations. We encourage organizations to bring teams to this event. Attendees will include accessibility officers/ program managers and all those involved in the IT development lifecycle, including Product Managers, Programmers, Web Developers, Information Architects, Designers and Testers.

Agenda Topics:
■ Topics related to the obstacles that face the global development community in achieving accessible technology – websites, software, hardware, web services.

■ Topics related to top issues that face the business community and industry at-large.

■ Topics related to strategies for training individuals across the industry today, educating the next generation before they graduate and enter the workforce, and maintaining high levels of current knowledge.

■ Discussion of the input from the ATIA/AIA Developer’s Survey on Accessibility and recommendations made by the resulting CODE for Accessibility Task Force – how to create an accessibility profession and change the accessibility industry for the better.

Schedule and Session Details - For additional details including Schedule-at-a-Glance and session descriptions.

For more information or to register, go to www.atia.org/accessibilityforum