[box border=”full”]Now is the time to register for the first M-Enabling initiative in the southern hemisphere, M-Enabling Australasia 2013, being held on 14-15 August in Sydney.[/box]
Why come along? This is the perfect opportunity for consumers, app developers, manufacturers, mobile service providers, government and other users to share their ideas and learn how smartphones and tablets can be made accessible for people with disability and older consumers – a relatively untapped market of millions of people.
You’ll also get a hands-on experience with some of the latest accessible products at the conference showcase, including a UNSW project on an indoor GPS app for the blind and visually impaired, allowing them to independently get around chaotic settings like airports.
Axel Leblois, President & Executive Director, The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs – Axel Leblois is the “rockstar” of accessibility. Axel is leading the global movement to make all ICT accessible for everyone by heading G3ICT, a UN initiative to implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the accessibility of ICTs and assistive technologies.
Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, US Federal Communications Commission – Karen Peltz Strauss was instrumental in drafting and supporting the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act 2010, a set of laws which require all technology in the US to be made accessible for people with disability. Previously, Karen was a supervising attorney at Gallaudet University in Washington DC, a university specifically for deaf and hard of hearing students. She has also authored the book A New Civil Right: Telecommunications Equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans.