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Pre-Summit Session at the U.S. Senate
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2011 M-Enabling Summit Proceedings

Conference Venue: Dirksen Senate Office Building CRPD logo

   M-Enabling Summit:
Pre-Conference Session at the U.S. Senate

Policy Briefing: The Impact of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Global Commerce and the International Accessibility Eco-System

  • Washington, D.C.
  • June 5, 2013 | Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Venue: NEW ROOM: Senate Office Building Dirksen 106

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Dirksen Senate Building is located Northeast of the Capitol, and is a short walk from Union Station (red line on Metro). It is bounded by Constitution Avenue, C Street, First Street, and Second Street N.E. The wheelchair accessible entrance is located on C Street, NE, near the corner of First Street. Room 106 is on the first floor of the building.  Due to the number of RSVPs, and the security process (metal detectors) at each entrance, we recommend that participants arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the start of the session. 

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Event Details: The CRPD was inspired by the principles adopted by the United States Congress when it passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This international treaty is extending the spirit of the ADA and improving access and opportunity for people with disabilities throughout the world. During the 113th Congress, the U.S. Senate will consider ratification of this treaty. This educational session will bring together members of Congress, thought leaders from industry, government, and the disability community.  Leaders from the business community will discuss the impact of the CRPD on global commerce.  Participants will learn from leading technology experts on how the treaty is impacting the international accessibility eco-system.               

The Honorable Tony Coelho, former U.S. Congressman and lead author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act, will moderate a panel discussion including:

  • Frances West, Director, IBM Worldwide Human Ability & Accessibility Center
  • Judy Brewer, Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
  • Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Accessibility, Adobe Systems
  • Brian Markwalter, Senior Vice President, Research and Standards, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
  • David Dikter, CEO, Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)     

This event is being hosted by the following partners, in conjunction with information technology industry participants in the M-Enabling Summit:

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