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2011 M-Enabling Summit Proceedings

Plenary Session and Parallel Session Chair Profiles
Thursday, June 6, 2013 – Opening & Plenary Session

8:45-10:30a.m. – Opening Session: Universal Access for All Ages and Abilities

Session Chair:

John D. Kemp, President and CEO, The Viscardi Center and Chair of the Advocacy Committee, G3ict
President and CEO of the Viscardi Center (formerly Abilities!) since 2011, with more than 50 years of direct experience in the disability movement, John D. Kemp has partnered with, worked for and served as Board Member/Chair or CEO of some of the leading disability and nonprofit organizations. Mr. Kemp has served on the Medicaid Commission as well as the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities, which guided the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the Agency for International Development (USAID) in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and assistance with respect to people with disabilities. Mr. Kemp graduated from Georgetown University in 1971 and from Washburn University School of Law in 1974. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Washburn University School of Law in May, 2003.

Introductory Remarks:

Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict
Axel Leblois spent over 20 years at the helm of information technology companies in the United States including as CEO of Computerworld Communications, CEO of IDC - International Data Corporation, President of Bull HN Worldwide Information Systems - formerly Honeywell Information Systems, CEO of ExecuTrain and President of W2i, the Wireless Internet Institute. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities organized for policy makers, civil society and the private sector to foster collaboration among multiple stakeholders. In his capacity, Mr. Leblois oversees all the publishing, capacity building and advocacy activities of G3ict. Axel served as a Senior Special Fellow of UNITAR, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, and is a founding trustee of its North American affiliate CIFAL Atlanta. He served as chairman of the board of the Atlanta International School and is currently chairman of the board of CASIE, the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education and a trustee of the Clarkston Development Foundation. Mr. Leblois holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris.

Keynote Address:

Mignon L. Clyburn, Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn is currently serving her second term as a Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission, after spending 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. Prior to her service on the PSC, Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper. She is a strong advocate for enhanced accessibility in communications for disabled citizens, and works closely with representative groups for the deaf and hard of hearing. Commissioner Clyburn is a member of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, Federal-State Joint Board on Separations, and the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services, all of which she chaired for three years during her first term at the FCC. Clyburn is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance and Economics.

Keynote Address:

Dan Hesse, CEO, Sprint
Dan Hesse was named chief executive officer of Sprint Nextel in December 2007. Prior to his appointment as Sprint CEO, Hesse was the Chairman and CEO of Embarq Corporation, a $6 billion telecommunications services company. From 2000 – 2004, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Terabeam Corporation, a wireless telecommunications technology company. Dan Hesse spent 23 years at AT&T. From 1997 – 2000, he served as the President and CEO of AT&T Wireless Services, at the time the United States’ largest wireless carrier. He received a BA from Notre Dame, an MBA from Cornell, and an MS from MIT where he was awarded the Brooks Thesis Prize. He was appointed by President Obama to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and serves on the National Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.


§  Javed Abidi, Chairperson, Disabled People's International (DPI) and Vice Chair, International Disability Alliance (IDA) (video

§  Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), United Nations Department of Social and Economic
    Affairs (UN DESA) (video message)

§  Pratik Patel, CEO, EZ Fire

§  Claude Stout, Executive Director, Telecommunications for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)

§  Donna Cordner, Chair, HelpAge USA, and Independent Director, Millicom International Cellular SA  

11:00a.m.-12:20p.m. Plenary Session: Making Mobile Communications Work for Users of All Abilities

Session Chair:

Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor
Kathleen Martinez was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the third Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 25, 2009. As head of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Ms. Martinez advises the Secretary of Labor and works with all DOL agencies to lead a comprehensive and coordinated national policy regarding the employment of people with disabilities. Blind since birth, Ms. Martinez comes to ODEP with a background as an internationally recognized disability rights leader specializing in employment, asset building, independent living, international development, diversity and gender issues. She was appointed Executive Director of the World Institute on Disability (WID), based in Oakland, California, in 2005. At WID, she led the team that produced the acclaimed international webzine DisabilityWorld in English and Spanish. Ms. Martinez has also served on the State Department advisory committee on disability and foreign policy and on the National Council on Disability.


§  Rich Donovan, Managing Partner, Fifth Quadrant Analytics and Chief Investment Officer, WingSail Capital: “Why ‘Extreme Users’ matter to industry, regulators and all users”

§  Mark Balsano, Executive Director, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office, AT&T: “Mega trends, market and technology opportunities: How phones, tablets, apps and services benefit seniors and users of all abilities”

§  Robert Sinclair, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft: “Universal benefits of Accessibility”

§  Gabi Zodik, Research Leader for IBM's MobileFirst Initiative: “Implementing Mobile Accessibility for the Enterprise”

12:20 p.m. - Introduction:

Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Vice President of Institutional Relations, G3ict
Francesca Cesa Bianchi has worked for G3ict since its inception. She has an in-depth experience of digital inclusion issues for persons with disabilities, the CRPD, and is a frequent speaker for G3ict internationally. She oversees G3ict’s relations with international organizations, governments and academia, as well as G3ict’s “CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility”. She speaks fluent English, Spanish, Italian, and French. Prior to her current position, Ms. Cesa Bianchi served as Director of Public Relations for the Georgia Council for International Visitors, and as a Carter Center-accredited election observer in Venezuela in 2003 and 2004. She is a Fellow of CIFAL Atlanta, the North American affiliate of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). A native of Milan, Italy, Ms. Cesa Bianchi graduated with a degree in political science from the Universitá degli Studi of Milan, and holds a M.A. degree in communication from Georgia State University.

12:20-12:30 p.m.- Remarks:

Steve Largent, President and CEO, CTIA –The Wireless Association
Steve Largent has served as President and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association® and President of The Wireless Foundation since November 2003. Previously, Mr. Largent represented Oklahoma's First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives (1994 to 2001). Mr. Largent was the Vice-Chairman of the Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee and also served on the Telecommunications Subcommittee, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and the Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee. Mr. Largent has also managed his own advertising & marketing consulting firm, and also served as Mid-West Chapter Executive Director of the Wheelchair Foundation.  An inductee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mr. Largent received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Tulsa.

Thursday, June 6, 2013 – 2:00 p.m.– 3:30 p.m. Parallel Sessions

2:00-3:30p.m. New Mobile Apps and Services Promoted by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

Session Chair:

Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, 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. Ms. Peltz Strauss received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her L.L.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center.


§  Julie Kearney, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

§  Mary McCarthy, Director, U-Verse TV, AT&T

§  Matthew Gerst, Director, State Regulatory & External Affairs, CTIA – The Wireless Association

§  Paul Schroeder, Vice President, Programs and Policy Group, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

§  Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy, Hearing Loss Association of America

§  Dave Dougall, Director, Accessibility & Sustainability, BlackBerry, representing Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)

§  Scott R. Freiermuth, Counsel, Sprint Government Affairs

2:00-3:30p.m. Assistive Apps and Solutions for Developing Countries and Low Resource Environments

Session Chair:

Joyojeet Pal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan


§  Phosa Mashangoane, General Manager, Consumer Affairs, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) 

§  Abeer Shakweer, Ph.D., Minister's Advisor for Social Services, Ministry of ICT (Egypt)  

§  Gayle Teicher, Senior Attorney, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal
    Communications Commission (FCC) 

§  Steve Jacobs, President, IDEAL Group, Inc. / CEO, Apps4Android, Inc.

§  Harold Salters, Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs, T-Mobile USA, Inc.

2:00-3:30p.m. Introduction to the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)

Session Chair:

David Dikter, Acting CEO, IAAP
David Dikter is the CEO of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA). ATIA's mission is to serve as the collective voice of the Assistive Technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities. David manages the overall mission and operation of ATIA. He sits on the W3C-Web Accessibility Initiative Steering Council and works with diverse groups to promote AT and the needs of individuals with disabilities. Prior to joining ATIA, David worked in technology startups and spent 15 years working in school districts as a teacher of students with disabilities and technology leader, training and promoting educational and assistive technologies.


§  Mark Balsano, Executive Director, Corporate Accessibility Technology Office, AT&T

§  Pina D’Intino, Sr. Manager - Enabling Solutions and Support Management, Scotiabank

§  Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager - Accessibility, Adobe Systems

§  Robert Sinclair, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft

2:00-3:30p.m. Cloud Solutions for Mobile Users

Session Chair:

Sue Swenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, OSERS, U.S. Department of Education
Sue Swenson is the mother of a 26-year old man with severe and profound disabilities. Sue served as a Kennedy Fellow in the US Senate in 1996. In 1998, she was appointed commissioner for developmental disabilities in DHHS in the Clinton administration, and served through July of 2001. Sue served as Executive Director of the Kennedy Foundation from 2001-2003, and Executive Director of The Arc, the world’s largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, from 2005 through 2007. She is an active systems advocate and works to improve management systems in human services.


§  Michael Reilly, Ph.D., Director, mHealth Business Development, Doro AB

§  Richard Schwerdtfeger, CTO Accessibility, IBM Software

§  Gregg Vanderheiden, Ph.D., Founder, Raising the Floor/GPII, Ph.D., & Director, Trace R&D Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

§  Claudio Giugliemma, President, LucyTech, Inc.

2:00-3:30p.m. Mobility and Dexterity

Session Chair:

John Morris, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC)/Shepherd Center
John Morris is a Research Scientist and Program Manager for the Wireless RERC and the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his M.A. and PhD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. John works on Wireless RERC's R1 (Survey of User Needs/Consumer Advisory Network) and R2 (Customer-Driven Usability) projects. His research focuses on consumer insights, design and usability, and accessibility of technology for people with all types of physical, sensory and cognitive limitations. Previously, John served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Connecticut and Brown University. He also worked for the Oracle Corporation as a senior product development manager for the company's support services division.


§  Sang-Mook Lee, Associate Professor, and Chief Research Officer, Seoul National University

§  Mauricio Meza, CEO, Komodo OpenLab, Inc.

§  Harry Lew, Research and Development Manager, Neil Squire Society

§  Peter Mahoney, Chief Marketing Officer & General Manager, Dragon, Nuance Communications, Inc.  

§  Erin Dichiara, Occupational Therapist, Assistive Technology Department, Shepherd Center

Thursday, June 6, 2013 – 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Parallel Sessions

4:00-5:30p.m. Creating the First Smartphone Specially Developed for Blind and Visually Impaired Users

Session Chair:

Michael Vakulenko, Strategy Director, VisionMobile 
As a mobile strategist, Michael has over 18 year experience in mobile telecom and wireless Internet with a track record of product and technology innovation. Michael started his involvement in mobile telecom in Qualcomm in early -90’s working on first experimental 3G systems. Later on Michael was part of several wireless startups in the US and Israel. Michael's broad professional experience spans mobile internet services and apps, telecom networks, smartphone software platforms and wireless chipsets. At VisionMobile Michael works at the cross section of economics, business models innovation and technology where he leads strategy practice for telco innovation and mobile platforms.


§  Robert Felgar, General Counsel and General Manager, Odin Mobile

§  Paul Schroeder, Vice President, Programs and Policy Group, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)  

§  Boaz Zilberman, Founder and CEO, Project-RAY

§  Angela Baker, Senior Manager, Wireless Reach Division, Qualcomm

4:00-5:30p.m. End-Users Session: Sorting out the Apps Jungle

Session Chair:

Mary Brooner, Principal at MB Consulting, LLC.
MB Consulting provides a range of consulting services that focus on technology, telecommunications, broadband, public safety and ICT accessibility requirements and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Ms. Brooner previously assumed several functions at Motorola (since 1995), notably as Senior Director, Product Stewardship between 2005 and 2009. In that capacity, Ms. Brooner secured policies and regulations that supported Motorola's business objectives and was a key liaison for the company with U.S. government agencies for disabilities access of wireless products and for emergency 911 services and NG911.  She also negotiated an industry-consumer consensus agreement for hearing aid compatibility of wireless digital handsets through ATIS which resulted in revised FCC hearing aid compatibility regulations. (2005-2009). Co-Chair of the People with Disabilities Business Diversity Council, at Motorola, she also worked closely with the US Access Board on issues of disability and public procurement. Ms. Brooner is a graduate of Grinnell College and of the University of Notre Dame Law School.


§  Anita S. Aaron, Executive Director, World Institute on Disability

§  Michael Milligan, Secretary General, Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF)

§  Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, SSB Bart Group

§  Sami Rahman, Co-founder, BridgingApps.org/Easter Seals 

§  Jamal Mazrui, Deputy Director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

§  Harold Salters, Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs, T-Mobile USA, Inc.

4:00-5:30p.m. E-Book readers and e-Publishing for Mobile Platforms: Competing for Seniors and Users of All Abilities

Session Chair:

Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Accessibility, Adobe Systems
Mr. Kirkpatrick’s career at Adobe Systems since 2005 has focused on Adobe Corporate Accessibility Policy, from Engineering Lead to today Group Product Manager. Co-author of the Flash Usability Guide (2003), he also worked at Boston WGBH as Technology Director of the National Center for Accessible Media (2000 to 2005). Having some proficiency in American Sign Language, Mr. Kirkpatrick is a graduate of Brown University. He is presently co-president of the Concord Education Fund in Concord, MA.


§  Sue Swenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, OSERS, U.S. Department of Education

§  Michele Woods, Director, Copyright Law Division, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

§  Richard Orme, Head of Accessibility and Digital Inclusion, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

§  Steve Jacobs, President, IDEAL Group, Inc. / CEO, Apps4Android, Inc.

§  Anne Taylor, Director of Access Technology, National Federation of the Blind

§  Betsy Beaumon, VP and General Manager, Literacy Program, The Benetech Initiative

4:00-5:30p.m. Accessibility, A Driver for Innovation

Session Chair:

Stephen Ewell, Executive Director, CEA Foundation
Stephen Ewell joined the CEA Foundation in January 2012 and is the first person to hold this position. Prior to joining the CEA Foundation he served in other nonprofit leadership roles. He was managing director of the InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA), a public private partnership with the FBI focused on promoting and developing critical infrastructure protection, with 86 chapters and more than 40,000 members. While at Business Executives for National Security (BENS), Steve served as the director of the Metro Washington, DC region where he built the membership in DC, Maryland and Virginia into one of the largest and most active regions in the organization through a wide variety of policy engagements and programs. Steve graduated cum laude from Drew University with a Bachelors of Arts and earned his MBA and Masters in information and telecommunications systems from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School.


§  Bruce Borenstein, President and CEO, AfterShokz

§  John Kuzin, Senior Director, Regulatory, Qualcomm

§  Peter Mahoney, Chief Marketing Officer & General Manager, Dragon, Nuance Communications, Inc. 

§  Greg Rhoades, Director of Marketing, Leviton Security & Automation

4:00-5:30p.m. Which Standards for Accessible Mobile Phones and Services?

Session Chair:

Jutta Treviranus, Director, Inclusive Design Institute, OCAD University
Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor in the faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto.  She also heads the Inclusive Design Institute, a multi-university regional centre of expertise. She has led many international multi-partner, multi-sector research networks that have created broadly implemented technical innovations that support inclusion. Ms. Treviranus and her team have pioneered personalization as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain through projects such as Web4All, Fluid and FLOE. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally (including WAI ATAG, IMS AccessForAll, ISO 24751, and AODA Information and Communication).


§  Judy Brewer, Director, Web Accessibility Initiative, W3C

§  Susanna Laurin, CEO, Funka Nu AB

§  Brian Markwalter, Senior Vice President, Research and Standards, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

§  John S. Lee, Technical Advisor, Standards and Licensing, BlackBerry, and Rapporteur for Question 26 (Accessibility) of Study Group 16, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 

§  John Herzog, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Office, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

4:00-5:30p.m. Latest Developments in Video Relays Services

Session Chair:

Andrea Saks, International Telecommunications Specialist for the Deaf,
Convener ITU JCA-AHF (Joint Coordinating Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors)
A known advocate for ICTs for persons with disabilities, Andrea Saks grew up  in a family of two deaf parents and assisted them from an early age as their interface with the hearing world. Her father, Andrew Saks, along with Robert Weitbrecht and James C. Marsters were the first pioneers deaf themselves, and created deaf telecommunications using surplus teletypewriters and modems. These devices were the precursors of textphones and today’s real-time text messaging. Ms. Saks worked with the British Government Post Office (then the regulator of UK telecommunication and with the U.S. FCC to allow the first transatlantic textphone conversation. over the voice telephone network (1975). Her first involvement with ITU standardization activity started in 1991. Andrea has been a key person in the creation of all accessibility events in ITU, and currently is the convener of the joint coordination activity on accessibility and human factors, as well as the coordinator of the Internet Governance Forum’s Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability.  She also serves as G3ict permanent representative at the ITU.


§  Claude Stout, Executive Director, Telecommunications for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)

§  Christian Vogler, Associate Professor and Director, Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University

§  Tony Bennetts, Chief Information Officer, Australian Communication Exchange Ltd. (ACE)

§  Peter Hayes, CEO, Spranto

§  Gregory Hlibok, Chief, Disability Rights Office, Consumer & Governmental Affairs, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

§  Randall Pope, President-Elected, American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB)

§  Steve Frank, VRI Director, Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA)