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2019 IAAF Agenda and Keynote Speakers

2019 Interagency Accessibility Forum banner: Ensuring accessibility is a business imperative, October 7-8, 2019, co-hosted by GSA and HHS, sponsored by the CIO Council

Are you ready for the 2019 Interagency Accessibility Forum (IAAF)? We’ve gone above and beyond this year to bring you an exciting lineup of keynote speakers.

Monday Keynotes

  • The Right Talent, Right Now - Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Accessibility is a Business Priority - James Gfrerer, Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and CIO, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Authentic Inclusion Drives Disruptive Innovation - Frances West, Global Strategy Advisor, former IBM Chief Accessibility Officer

Tuesday Keynotes

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act - Then and Now - Tony Coelho, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 15th district (January 3, 1979 - June 15, 1989)
  • Introducing Accessibility to Children at Thika Primary School for the Blind - Irene Mbari-Kirika, founder and Executive Director, inABLE.org
  • A Balancing Act: National Security and Accessibility Needs - Douglas Cossa, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

Agenda

Table 1, Monday, October 7

Monday, October 7

Time

Description

9:00 AM

Welcome 

Jose Arrieta, HHS Office of the Secretary, Chief Information Officer, Health and Human Services (HHS)

9:15 AM

Keynote: The Right Talent, Right Now

Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, ODEP, DOL

9:45 AM

Keynote: Accessibility is a Business Priority

James Gfrerer, Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and CIO, VA

10:15 AM

Break

10:30 AM

General session: Future Directions of Inclusive Technologies

Moderator: Betsy Sirk, Information Technology and Section 508 Program Manager, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Panelists: 

  • Dean Halstead, Director of Cloud, Collaboration and Accessibility, U.S. Microsoft Public Sector; 
  • Seamus McAteer, General Manager, Otter.ai; 
  • Keith Nakasone, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Acquisition Management, IT Category, General Services Administration (GSA); 
  • John Rochford, Director, INDEX Program, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, and Faculty, University of Massachusetts Medical School; 
  • Debra Ruh, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Ruh Global Communications (RGC); 
  • Paul Schroeder, Public Policy and Strategic Alliances, Aira Tech Corporation; 
  • Corinne Weible, Co-Director, Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT), DOL

12:00 PM

Lunch / Exhibits 

2:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Section 508 Web Testing: Trusted Tester and Configuring Automated Tools

Moderator: Michael Horton, Accessible Design and Development Advisor, Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP), GSA

Panelists:

  • Cynthia Clinton-Brown, Executive Director, Office of Accessible Systems and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS);
  • Katherine Eng, Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

Session 2: Challenges and Successes Developing Accessibility Conformance Reports

Moderator: Brooke Aiken, Section 508 Compliance Program Manager, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Panelists:

  • Antonio Haileselassie, ICT Accessibility Specialist, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA;
  • Chris M. Law, President, Accessibility Track Consulting LLC;
  • Glenn Meyer, Program Director, Office of Aging and Accessibility, HP Inc.

Session 3: Panel Discussion: Disability Concerns

Moderator: Yvette Gibson, Section 508 Program Training Director, OGP, GSA

Panelists:

  • Teresa Booher, IT Specialist, Three Blind Mice Founder, National Institutes of Health (NIH);
  • Michelle Clark, IT Specialist and Section 508 Team Member, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA);
  • Robert McConnell, Communications Accessibility and Policy Analyst, Federal Communications Commission (FCC);
  • Scott Michael Robertson, Ph.D., Policy Advisor, ODEP, DOL

3:00 PM

Exhibits / Networking

3:45 PM

Keynote: Authentic Inclusion Drives Disruptive Innovation

Frances West, Global Strategy Advisor, Former IBM Chief Accessibility Officer

4:15 PM

Day in Review

John Sullivan, Director, Office of Information Resources Management, and Director, Government-wide IT Accessibility Program, GSA

 

Table 2, Tuesday, October 8

Tuesday, October 8

Time

Description

9:00 AM

Welcome

Jessica Salmoiraghi, Associate Administrator, Office of Government-wide Policy, GSA

9:15 AM

Keynote: The Americans with Disabilities Act - Then and Now 

Tony Coelho, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 15th district (January 3, 1979 - June 15, 1989)

10:00 AM

Break

10:15 AM

Keynote: Introducing Accessibility to Children at Thika Primary School for the Blind

Irene Mbari-Kirika, founder and Executive Director, inABLE.org

11:00 AM

Lunch / Exhibits 

1:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Session 1: The Impact of the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (21st Century Idea) and the U.S. Web Design System

Moderator: Michael Horton, Accessible Design and Development Advisor, GSA

Panelists:

  • Ammie Farraj-Feijoo, Government-wide Coordinator, 21st Century IDEA, Technology Transformation Services, GSA;
  • Larry Gillick, Deputy Director of Digital Strategy, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI);
  • Matt Harmon, Director of Web Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Session 2: Section 508 in the Acquisition Lifecycle

Moderator: Timothy Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

Panelists:

  • Yolonda Humphrey, Program Manager and Section 508 Coordinator, Internal Revenue Service (IRS);
  • Betsy Sirk, NASA;
  • John Sullivan, GSA

Session 3: Securing Internal Support for 508 Programs

Moderator: Yvette Gibson, Section 508 Program Training Director, GSA

Panelists:

  • Nicshan Floyd, Team Lead of Management Services, Office of Accessibility Systems and Technology, DHS;
  • Pat Sheehan, Director, Section 508 Program Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA);
  • William C. Warren Jr., Management and Program Analyst, Communications, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Session 4: Website Accessibility Testing and Evaluation

Moderator: Shawn Garmer, 508 Program Manager, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Panelists:

  • Alan King, Senior Accessibility Specialist, DHS;
  • David Stenger, Senior Innovation Specialist, Technology Transformation Service, GSA;
  • Mark Urban, Section 508 Coordinator and 508 Co-Chair, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

2:00 PM

Break

2:15 PM

Keynote: A Balancing Act: National Security and Accessibility Needs

Douglas Cossa, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

2: 45 PM

Wrap-up and Thank You

Kate Sweeney, HHS and OS Section 508 Program Manager, Office of the Secretary (OS), HHS

John Sullivan, Director, Government-wide IT Accessibility Program, GSA

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