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Day 1: Thursday, May, 24, 2012
08:00 AM - 07:00 PM Venue: OCAD University, Auditorium (Room 190), 100 McCaul St., Toronto

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration, Coffee and networking

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.Welcome Remarks, Introduction of Agenda, Brainstorming Process and Expected Outcomes
  • Ian C. Tudhope, Chair, Board of Governors, OCAD University
  • Jutta Treviranus, Director, Inclusive Design Institute, OCAD University
  • Axel Leblois, Founder and Executive Director, G3ict
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Plenary Session: The Canadian and Ontario Experiences
Implementing e-Accessibility Legislation: Lessons learned from the AODA, comparisons with other countries.

Session Chair:
Jutta Treviranus, Director, Inclusive Design Institute, OCAD University

The AODA and the Information and Communications (IC) Standard
  • Ellen Waxman, Assistant Deputy Minister, Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

o    Overview of the AODA
o    Political imperative
o    Development of the IC Standard
o    Involving stakeholders: the EnAbling Change Partnerships Program
o    Overview of the compliance and enforcement strategy, including the development of AODA Compliance Assurance Tracking System (ACATS)

Ontario Public Service’s (OPS) Information and IT Accessibility Experience in Implementing the AODA Standard
  • Shamira Madhany, Chief Officer, Diversity and Accessibility, Ontario Public Service (OPS)
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Coffee Break 

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Plenary Session: Continued

Session Chair: Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict

Perspective from Canadian Stakeholders
  • David Lepofsky, Chair, AODA Alliance
  • Rukhsana Syed, Manager, Teleweb Customer Support & Operations Lead Development, IBM Inside Sales
  • Pina D’Intino, Senior Manager, Enabling Solutions and Support Management, Scotiabank Group
International Respondents:
  • Gunela Astbrink, GSA Information Consultants (Australia)
  • Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Directorate General Justice, European Commission
  • David Rojas, Business Development and Marketing Director, Trust for the Americas, OAS
12:00 – 1:45 p.m.Official Launch of OCAD's Inclusive Design Institute, 49 McCaul St.
(Across the street from OCAD's Auditorium) - The launch will include a showcase of research by the eight partner Universities and Colleges in the Inclusive Design Institute.  Lunch will be provided.


1:45 p.m. Move to Breakout locations for Brainstorming Sessions, 100 McCaul St.

2:00 – 3:45 p.m. Breakout Brainstorming Sessions (Refreshments in Breakout Rooms)
Analyzing success factors and causes of failures of e-accessibility policies and programs in specific areas; Impact of e-accessibility, voluntary initiatives, regulations, micro and macroeconomic perspectives.

Accessible Education (Room 550)
In a Knowledge Economy education becomes ever more critical.  With economic constraints, increased class size, and decreased time to prepare curriculum, more and more students become marginalized. What are creative ways to support accessible Inclusive Education for students with diverse needs? How does this align with the transformation of education? What has worked and what has not worked?

Moderator: Lizbeth Goodman, SMARTlab University College Dublin (UCD)
Rapporteur: Catherine Fichten, Adaptech Research Network, Dawson College
Participants:  
o    Kenneth  Anderson, York University
o    Jennison Asuncion, Adaptech Research Network, NEADS
o    Gerald Craddock, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
o    Francois Desjardins, Faculty of Education, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
o    Marie-Lison Fougère, ADM - Strategic Policy and Programs Division, Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities
o    TIm Higgins, Ontario Public Service (OPS)
o    Kari Kumar, York University
o    Keith Loo, Schulich School of Business, York University
o    Shamira Madhany, Ontario Public Service (OPS)
o    Ross Mayot, ZoomerMedia
o    Dawn Mercer, Seneca College
o    Ron Owston, York University
o    Pablo Rebaque Rivas, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
o    Licia Sbattella, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
o    Sheryl Thankappan, OCAD U

Workplace Accommodation
(Room 287)
Unemployment among persons with disabilities continues to be disproportionately high; the social and economic costs of unemployment are staggering. What are some creative ways to break this impasse? Which strategies have worked and which have not? 

Moderator: Pina D’Intino, Senior Manager, Enabling Solutions and Support Management, Scotiabank Group
Rapporteur: David Rojas, Business Development and Marketing Director, Trust for the Americas, OAS 
Participants:
o    Richard Aubrey, RBC Bank
o    Sandra Carpenter, Centre for Independent Living Toronto
o    Brian Dawson, Fifth Quadrant Analytics
o    Rich Donovan, IPS Insights
o    Constance Exley, EnAbling Nonprofits Ontario
o    Phill Faubert, TD Bank Group
o    Søren Ginnerup, Danish Centre for Accessibility
o    Frances Jewett, AccessAbility Advantage
o    Christine Karcza,  Christine Karcza Consulting I can do this!
o    Deanna Matzanke, Scotiabank Group
o    Janet O'Grady, Ontario Ministry of Government Services
o    Rob Quinton, Manulife
o    Noelle Richardson, Ministry of Attorney General (MAG)
o    Meenu Sikand, Region of Peel
o    Rukhsana Syed, Teleweb Customer Support & Operations Lead Development, IBM Inside Sales
o    Michon Williams, Enterprise Architecture -Usability-Accessibility, RBC Bank
 
Broadcasting and New Media (Room 556)
Access to culture, participation in the public discourse, representation in popular media all help to create a culture of inclusion. What are strategies that work and what are strategies that have failed in promoting inclusive access to and participation in media? 

Moderator: John Harding, Past- Secretary General, North American Broadcasters Association (NABA)
Rapporteur: Christine Staddon, Canadian Abilities Foundation 
Participants:
o    Raymond Cohen, Canadian Abilities Foundation
o    Deb Fels, Ryerson University
o    Lynn Manning, Watts Village Theater Company
o    David Moorman, Canada Foundation for Innovation
o    Bill Muirhead, Associate Provost, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
o    Rob Pearson, AMI Inc.
o    Vanessa Pfaff, Easter Seals Canada
o    Bob Plummer, NABA & WBU TC
o    Maderlaine Rothberg, WGBH
o    Katie Seaborn, York University
o    Charles Silverman, Inclusive Media
o    Mike Starling, National Public Radio 
o    Spirit Synott, Independent artist, OCAD University 

Telecommunications (Room 284)
We live in perpetually connected societies. More and more essential and daily services are delivered through mobile and interactive applications and networks. What strategies have helped to ensure that persons with disabilities can fully benefit from this connectivity and from these services and what strategies have not worked?

Moderator: Andrea Saks, Convener, ITU JCA-AHF 
Rapporteur: Gary Birch, Executive Director, Neil Squire Society 
Participants:
o   Monica Ackermann, Assistive Vocational Technology Associates (AVTA)
o   Gunela Astbrink, GSA Information Consultants
o   Mark Chignell, University of Toronto
o   Dave Dougall, RIM - Research In Motion, Ltd.
o   Robert Floyd, TD Bank Group
o   Mary Louise Hayward, CRTC - Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
o   John Lee, RIM - Research In Motion, Ltd.
o   Cindy Jones - Sherk, Bell Canada, Accessiblity Services
o   Bill Kapralos, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
o   David Lepofsky, The Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee
o   Susan Mazrui, Global Public Policy, AT&T Services, Inc.
o   Dan Shire, IBM Interactive
o   Alf Spencer, Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO)

Contents and Services (Room 554)
Every form of content and almost all interactive services are now delivered through online systems. Issues of accessibility interact with issues such as identity management, security and access. What are creative ways to ensure that online content and services are accessible? What are some threats to greater accessibility? What strategies have not been successful? What are some of the solutions that can be reused or repurposed?  

Moderator: Kiran Kaja, Accessibility Engineer, Adobe Systems 
Rapporteur: Tom Smith, VP of Sales and Business Development, Ephox Corporation
Participants:
o    Ron Baecker, Technologies for Aging Gracefully lab (TAGlab), University of Toronto
o    Doreen Balabanoff, OCAD U
o    Anne Bermot, Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation
o    Kathryn Church, Ryerson University
o    Colin Clark, FLOE Project and accessible OER, OCAD U
o    Steve Driz, OMOD (Ontario March of Dimes)
o    Robert Harvie, Inclusive Media
o    Jeff Kline, Strategic Accessibility
o    Robert Luke, George Brown College
o    Mike Paciello, The Paciello Group
o    Peter Pennefather, University of Toronto
o    Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Directorate General Justice, European Commission
o    Amin Remtula, Ontario Ministry of Government Services
o    Cyndi Rowland, Utah State University
o    Kevin Stolarick, Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto
o    Gregg Vanderheiden, University of Wisconsin-Madison
o    Scott Walker, U.S. Consulate General - Toronto

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Plenary Session
  • Reports from Breakout Sessions
  • Discussion and Conclusions
5:15 7:00 p.m. Reception hosted by the Honorale David Onley, Lt. Governor of Ontario – Queen’s Park  (Buses to Queen’s Park will be provide; Business casual attire) 
    Day 2: Friday, May, 25, 2012
    08:00 AM - 04:00 PM Venue: OCAD University, Auditorium (Room 190), 100 McCaul St., Toronto

    8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
    – Coffee and networking (100 McCaul St.)

    8:45 – 10:30 a.m. Plenary Session
    Levers for Greater Inclusion and Accessibility

    Session Chair:
    Jutta Treviranus, Director, Inclusive Design Institute, OCAD University
      
    Economic Levers and Market Forces – Richard Donovan, Managing Partners, IPS Insights
    Technology for Aging Gracefully – Ron Baecker, Technologies for Aging Gracefully lab (TAGlab), University of Toronto
    The Importance of Community and Social Cohesion  –  Kristyn Wong-Tam, Toronto City Councillor

    10:15 10:30 a.m. – Coffee Break 

    10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Breakout Brainstorming Sessions
    Acting with Levers.  Multi-stakeholders perspectives.

    Technology Levers
    (Room 556)
    New publishing standards supporting digital readers bring the structure required to make documents accessible to individuals with print impairments, cloud services offer a way to pool resources, digital curriculum makes it easier to share alternative formats, and online networks enable crowdsourcing for things like captions and descriptions. What emerging technical trends can be leveraged to enable greater inclusion and how?

    Moderator: Dan Shire, IBM Interactive
    Rapporteur: Colin Clark, FLOE Project and accessible OER, OCAD University
    Participants:
    o    Monica Ackermann, Assistive Vocational Technology Associates (AVTA)
    o    Kenneth Anderson, York University
    o    Richard Aubrey, RBC Bank
    o    Ron Baecker, Technologies for Aging Gracefully lab (TAGlab), University of Toronto
    o    Mark Chignell, University of Toronto
    o    Gerald Craddock, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
    o    Francois Desjardins, Faculty of Education, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
    o    Dave Dougall, RIM - Research In Motion, Ltd.
    o    Phil Faubert, TD Bank Group
    o    Deb Fels, Ryerson University
    o    Kiran Kaja, Adobe systems
    o    Lynn Manning, Watts Village Theater Company
    o    Bill Muirhead, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
    o    Bob Plummer, NABA & WBU TC
    o    Amin Remtulla, Ontario Ministry of Government Services
    o    Madelaine Rothberg, WGBH
    o    Charles Silverman, Inclusive Media
    o    Tom Smith, Ephox Corporation
    o    Michon Williams, RBC Bank

    Economic Levers, Demographics and Market Forces (Room 558)
    The aging of the Western world produces a large market of demanding consumers who experience disabilities.  Meanwhile, the nature of our changing economy requires a diversity of labour skills, perspectives and greater collaboration. Tools that support a distributed work force have the potential to make tasks and workflow accessible to workers with disabilities. What economic disruptions and trends and relevant policies can be leveraged to enable greater inclusion?

    Moderator: Rich Donovan, Managing Partner, IPS Insights
    Rapporteur: Kevin Stolarick, Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto
    Participants:
    o    Gunela Astbrink, GSA Information Consultants
    o    Anne Bermont, Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation
    o    Mary Louise Hayward, CRTC - Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
    o    Cindy Jones-Sherk, Bell Canada, Accessibility Services
    o    Christine Karcza,  Christine Karcza Consulting I can do this!
    o    Keith Loo, Schulich School of Business, York University
    o    Robert Luke, George Brown College
    o    Deanna Matzanke, Scotiabank Group
    o    Ross Mayot, ZoomerMedia
    o    Mike Paciello, The Paciello Group
    o    Vanessa Pfaff, Easter Seals Canada
    o    Rob Quinton, Manulife
    o    David Rojas, Trust for the Americas, OAS
    o    Alf Spencer, Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO)
    o    Mike Starling, National Public Radio

    CRPD and Policy Levers (Room 550)
    The broad support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) shows a growing global commitment to equal access for persons with disabilities. The negative impact of inequality on a society has become an unarguable and daily-emphasized fact. How can we leverage the CRPD commitments and the current pressures to change policies to achieve solid and sustainable progress toward equal access leveraging Information and Communication Technologies?  How can international cooperation foster standards, global economies of scale and resource sharing? 

    Moderator: Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict
    Rapporteur: Christine Staddon, Canadian Abilities Foundation 
    Participants:
    o    Gary Birch, Neil Squire Society
    o    Ray Cohen, Canadian Abilities Foundation
    o    Brian Dawson, Fifth Quadrant Analytics
    o    Constance Exley, EnAbling Nonprofits Ontario
    o    Søren Ginnerup, Danish Centre for Accessibility
    o    Robert Harvie, Inclusive Media
    o    Jeff Kline, Strategic Accessibility
    o    Shamira Madany, Ontario Public Service (OPS)
    o    Susan Mazrui, Global Public Policy, AT&T Services, Inc.
    o    David Moorman, Canada Foundation for Innovation
    o    Robert Pearson, AMI Inc.
    o    Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Directorate General Justice, European Commission
    o    Andrea Saks, ITU JCA-AHF
    o    Christine Staddon, Canadian Abilities Foundation

    Education and Training on Accessibility Self-Learning (Room 287)
    When knowledge about accessible design and development is fully integrated into education and training, especially in fields relevant to ICT design, development, business processes and practices; products and services will begin to be designed accessibly by default, and inclusive design becomes a conventional and habitual process. Personalized learning systems support inclusive education and support students in learning to learn: a much needed skill in a knowledge economy. What potential digital curbcuts exist in the area of education and training? How can the transformation of education and training be leveraged to achieve greater inclusion?

    Moderator: Judith Snow, Independent Research Professional, OCAD U
    Rapporteur: Frances Jewett, AccessAbilityAdvantage

    Participants:  
    o    Jennison Asuncion, Adaptech Research Newtork, NEADS
    o    Sandra Carpenter, Centre for Independent Living Toronto
    o    Catherine Fichten, Adaptech Research Network, Dawson College
    o    Robert Floyd, TD Bank Group
    o    Marie-Lison Fougère, ADM - Strategic Policy and Programs Division, Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities
    o    Dawn Mercer, Seneca College
    o    Peter Pennefather, University of Toronto
    o    Pablo Rebaque Rivas, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
    o    Cyndi Rowland, Utah State University
    o    Licia Sbattella, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    o    Katie Seaborn, York University
    o    Sheryl Thankappan, OCAD U

    Societal Trends
    (Room 284)
    The occupy movement, flourishing youth initiatives for social justice, and global advocacy networks linked by online systems, all indicate a growing appetite for greater equality of opportunity and inclusion. What social trends can we leverage to achieve greater inclusion and accessibility for persons with disabilities?

    Moderator:
    Meenu Sikand, Region of Peel
    Rapporteur: Lizbeth Goodman, SMARTlab, University College Dublin (UCD)
    Participants: 
    o    Doreen Balabanoff, OCAD U
    o    Francesca Cesa Bianchi, G3ict
    o    Kathryn Church, Ryerson University
    o    Steve Driz, OMOD (Ontario March of Dimes)
    o    John Harding, Past Secretary-General, North American Broadcasters Association (NABA)
    o    Tim Higgins, Ontario Public Service (OPS)
    o    Joyojeet Pal, University of Michigan
    o    Spirit Synott, Independent artist, OCAD U
    o    Gregg Vanderheiden, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    o    Scott Walker, U.S. Consulate General - Toronto

    12:15 – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch on site: Networking among participants

    1:15 – 2:00 p.m. New Platforms for Global Cooperation, Problem-Solving and Governance – Don Tapscott, Author, Speaker and Advisor on Media, Technology and Innovation
     
    2:00 2:15 a.m. – Coffee Break 
     
    2:15 – 4:00 p.m. – Plenary Session
    • Reports from Breakout Sessions
    • Plenary Wrap-up and Closing Remarks: Jutta Treviranus, OCAD University; Axel Leblois, G3ict
    Note: A joint OCAD U – G3ict White Paper with specific directions set by participants to be published within 60 days.