Global Accessibility Symposium and Showcase, on Friday, May 17, 2019, hosted by the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.
Who Should Attend
You will hear from and network with, technology leaders (CEO, CTO, HR, Department Managers, HR, accessibility coders and department heads) policy leaders (city officials legal experts, policy advocates), academic leaders, VCs, angels and individuals, gamers and geeks, causing a seismic shift in the global market for the nearly one billion individuals with disabilities world-wide.
Meet with accessibility pioneers and learn how they shape the world of technology and media in the workplace, marketplace, from classrooms to boardrooms. Panel discussions will illuminate the unique untapped power of the disability market.
1. Market Power: The incredible $490-billion purchasing power of working-age people with disabilities represents market potential larger than the coveted teen market and similar to that of other diversity market segments. In addition to the spending power of customers with disabilities themselves, they are surrounded by brand-loyal family, friends and colleagues who also recognize value in products and services that accommodate all people in society – this amps up their purchasing power to $3 trillion.
2. Drivers of Product Innovation: Come witness interviews by accessible technology pioneers who have radically changed how people with disabilities control and interact with their surroundings in the workplace, marketplace, access and create information, manage and receive services. From text messaging to self-driving cars, and smart phones to smart homes, digital technologies are a catalyst for promoting equity and inclusion for people with disabilities – 20% of Americans – in all aspects of life, including independent living, education, employment, access to financial services, and emergency preparedness.
3. Untapped Labor Market: An often-overlooked aspect of diversity in the workplace is employment for those with disabilities. An increasing number of media and technology companies such as AT&T, Adobe, Airbnb, Apple, Comcast, Facebook, Google, HP, IBM, Intuit, LinkedIn, Microsoft, SAP, Verizon, and Wells Fargo have recognized the importance of recruiting, hiring and promoting people with disabilities, creating accessible and usable products and services, and developing innovations to attract a lucrative hidden and virtually untapped market segment. Come learn how these companies created a disability-inclusive diversity plan and leadership pipeline that includes people with disabilities from diverse backgrounds. Select corporate, technology and disability leaders will convene for an Executive Leadership Roundtable (by invitation only) to discuss emerging trends and innovation that pave the intersection of technology, media in education, employment and independent living.
Development of Future Leaders: As part of our event we are hosting a Lights! Camera! Access! (LCA) Career Exploration Summit: Symposium attendees prepared to find potential future leaders to fortify their workforce will be joined by select students, recent graduates and veterans with disabilities who aspire to careers in media and technology. The LCA Career Exploration Summit will harness the potential opportunities from the assembled Summit participants through these concurrent activities including: (1) Resume Review, Speed Interviews and Flash Mentoring; (2) Workshops: Networking to Achieve your Career Objectives, and Self-Disclosure: How to Leverage Disability to Sharpen Your Competitive Edge; and (3) Panels: How to Make it in Media and Technology, and Deaf & Disability Narrative Imperative – Authentic storytellers and casting across delivery platforms.
4. Power to Change Perceptions: Changing perceptions of people starts with harnessing the power of an individual to control how their narrative is told, shared, used and monetized. You will learn from a diverse panel of Deaf and disability rights activists and storytellers who through media-savvy skills flip the script and change the way people with disabilities is projected on large, small and personal screens worldwide. This panel will provide insights and practical tips so you can galvanize your game plan(s) to own your own narrative.