Webinars: Global Industry Factors Driving Accessibility of ICT Technology and How to Plan for the Headwinds

ARCHIVE: Global Industry Factors Driving Accessibility of ICT Technology and How to Plan for the Headwinds

Live Broadcast Held On: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Length: 1.5 hours
Archived Webinar Fee: $39 for members; $79 for nonmembers

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Speaker: Richard Schwerdtfeger, Chief Technology Officer, Accessibility, IBM Software; internationally recognized accessibility expert and leader with 24 years of experience working in the accessibility field; responsible for overall accessibility strategy and architecture for IBM software

Target Audience: Accessibility professionals, business leaders needing to understand accessibility business drivers worldwide

The need to address accessibility has often thought to be limited to U.S. government procurement. The need for the production of accessible Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is now a global issue. This webinar will discuss world-wide current, and coming, accessibility pressures mandating accessible ICT as well as strategy considerations for addressing them including efforts taken by IBM to meet business pressures with respect to accessibility.

Learning Objectives: Participants of this webinar will be able to:

  • Understand pressures mandating accessible ICT
  • Describe strategic considerations to address the requirements for accessibility

Speaker Bio: Richard Schwerdtfeger is the CTO of Accessibility for IBM Software, an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor. His responsibilities include overall accessibility architecture and strategy for Software Group. Richard participates in numerous W3C standards efforts including HTML5, WAI-ARIA, SVG, and Indie UI. Richard created and chairs the W3C WAI-ARIA standards effort as well as the IMS GLC AccessForAll accessibility standards efforts. Richard is a board member of Knowbility.org and a member of Raising the Floor's team of experts working on a Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure focusing on cloud-based personalized access. Richard joined IBM Research in 1993 where he helped design and develop Screen Reader/2. He led numerous accessibility efforts at IBM, including: the Sun collaboration on Java accessibility where he co-architected the Java Accessibility API and the IBM Self Voicing Kit for Java; the Web Accessibility Gateway for seniors; and the IAccessible2 strategy. Richard is an internationally recognized accessibility expert with over twenty years of accessibility experience. Richard is on the Board of Directors for Knowbility.org, a nonprofit specializing in accessibility enablement. Richard is a 2013 recipient of the SXSW Dewey Winburne Community Award for his industry leading work on WAI-ARIA and a 2014 recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award for national community service for his work on Web accessibility and ARIA.


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