Webinars: Overview of Global IT Accessibility Laws and Policies

ARCHIVE: Overview of Global IT Accessibility Laws and Policies

Live Broadcast Held On: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 
Length: 1.5 hours  
Fee: $39 for members; $79 for nonmembers

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Speaker: Ken Nakata, Director, Accessibility Consulting Practice, Cryptzone

Target Audience: Everyone 

Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate 

Overview: This webinar is a high-level overview of global IT accessibility laws and policies. The presentation will start with an analysis of U.S. laws and policies with a goal of creating a general conceptual framework for understanding how different laws and policies fit together. It will then extend this framework more broadly to include examples from other nations. This approach will help audience members understand how to examine any country’s IT laws and policies, harmonize elements that might otherwise seem inconsistent, and identify where gaps still exist.

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to: 

1. Understand general frameworks for accessibility laws and policies

2. Understand major examples of different laws and policies around the globe

3. Identify where major gaps exist in any set of IT accessibility laws and policies

Speaker Bio: Ken Nakata directs the Accessibility Consulting Practice (ACP) at Cryptzone (recently merged with HiSoftware), a leading company in helping organizations achieve IT accessibility and other compliance requirements. His ACP team focuses on helping organizations understand the legal and business drivers for accessibility and then manage this change using both manual and automated testing solutions. He is probably best known, however, for his work as a Senior Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was the federal government’s lead attorney for Section 508 implementation. During that time, he also crafted many of the laws and policies still used by the federal government and much of the current technical assistance material currently in use by the Department of Justice and U.S. Access Board was authored by him. In addition to being a lawyer, he is active in software and Web-based technologies, including Java, JavaScript, and SQL. In 2001, he was certified by Sun Microsystems as a programmer for the Java 2 Platform. He is a frequent speaker on both law and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is admitted to the bars of Washingon, New York, and the District of Columbia.

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