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The Digital Accessibility Legal Summit

Program at-a-glance

(full program follows)

Optional Training Course (Full Day - Monday, March 11)

Organizational Risk Assessments and Risk Mitigation Tools Pina D’Intino & Chris M. Law

Course Fee: $475

  • Students, Higher Education and Non-Profits: $100 discount
  • Late registration for course (after March 1): $575

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Summit (Full Day - Tuesday, March 12)

Opening Keynote: Howard A. Rosenblum, CEO, National Association of the Deaf

Updates from the field, and best practices

(1) Plaintiff Legal Perspective —Tim Elder, Principal Attorney, TRE Legal Practice

(2) Defendant Legal Perspective —Kristina Launey, Managing Partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Sacramento office

(3) Organizational Standards for Inclusion —Dan Goldstein, formerly founding partner of Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP (retired)

(4) Legal Strategies in the Accessibility Space —Lainey Feingold, The Law Office of Lainey Feingold

(5) Regulatory Activities —Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

(6) Resources (and Resourcefulness) —Jack McElaney, VP Sales & Marketing (and publisher of Accessibility in the News), Microassist

Closing Session: Digital Accessibility and Legal: What’s Next? —Jared Smith, Associate Director, WebAIM

Summit Day Fee: $395

  • Students, Higher Education and Non-Profits: $100 discount
  • Late registration for summit (after March 1): $495

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Why should I attend? | What's happening now in legal?


Program in Full

Optional Training Course (Full Day - Monday, March 11, 2019, 9am - 5pm)


Chris M. Law
Accessibility Track


Pina D'Intino
Cognizant /
Aequum Global Access

Organizational Risk Assessments and Risk Mitigation Tools

A recent survey from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals found that legal risk mitigation was a major accessibility program driver for over 80% of large organizations. However, reliable guidance on how to mitigate risk in digital accessibility has been hard to find, especially for newcomers to the field. This full day core-concept training course provides actionable guidance for

  • Understanding and assessing risks,
  • Measuring accessibility program maturity throughout your organization
  • Policy and policy into practice
  • Change management, and overcoming resistance to change
  • Implementing risk mitigation plans
  • Best practices: examples from the field

This course draws from the experience of organizational accessibility experts. We incorporate lessons from decades of research and development in related practices to tackle issues unique to digital accessibility programs.

For legal professionals, learn which techniques can help clients assess current practice, and make adjustments in accessibility programs to lower future risk.

For accessibility professionals, learn practical techniques that can put you in a better position to inject accessibility best practices in the development of policies, products and services.

For all, actionalable guidance to help you avoid lawsuits, and be better placed to proactively respond to legal inquiries.

Dr. Chris M. Law is the president and owner of Accessibility Track. Chris’s goal is to help lead developments in the field of organization-wide approaches to accessibility. Chris Law Bio (more...)

Pina D’Intino, MDes is an internationally recognized accessibility speaker, strategist and integration specialist and entrepreneur. For the last 18 years, Ms. D’Intino has helped businesses achieve inclusion through Diversity, Accessibility, and Leadership. Pina D’Intino Bio (more...)

Note: This one day course is an optional add-on for the one day summit the following day. The training course fee is $475

  • Registration includes printed (or accessible electronic) notes, resource guides, and step-by-step guidance from the speakers
  • Networking lunch and breaks included
  • Coffee/Tea on arrival

Summit (Full Day - Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 9am - 5pm)

Opening Keynote


Howard A. Rosenblum
National Association of the Deaf

Professional (and personal) experiences: Accessibility, Digital, Legal. (9am)

Howard A. Rosenblum is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). In this capacity, he oversees the operations of the NAD to carry out its mission of preserving, protecting and promoting the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. He also serves as the Legal Director overseeing the staff lawyers as well as policy advocacy and litigation work within the NAD Law and Advocacy Center. Howard A. Rosenblum Bio (more...)

Break (10 - 10:30am)

Updates from the field, and best practices


Tim Elder
TRE Legal Practice

(1) Plaintiff Legal Perspective (10:30am)
  • Update on current activities in the field from the plaintiff side.
  • Best practices for attorneys and accessibility practitioners working with plaintiffs in legal cases.

Tim Elder is a civil rights litigator. He is the Principal Attorney of the TRE Legal Practice, a civil rights law firm focusing on the rights of the blind and other disabled people to access employment, education, government programs, public accommodations, accessible technology and all other aspects of society. Tim Elder Bio (more...)


Kristina M. Launey
Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

(2) Defendant Legal Perspective (11:15am)
  • Update on current activities in the field from the defendant side.
  • Best practices for attorneys and accessibility practitioners working with defendants in legal cases.

Kristina M. Launey is in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Managing Partner of Seyfarth’s Sacramento office. She is an efficient and effective litigator and counselor, specializing in employment and civil rights laws, who provides clients with options and helps them achieve results in light of their business realities. Kristina Launey Bio (more...)

Networking Lunch (12 - 1pm)


Dan Goldstein

(3) Organizational Standards for Inclusion (1pm)

Dan Goldstein, formerly a founding partner of Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP retired from the practice of law at the end of 2017. For over 30 years he represented the National Federation of the Blind and many individual blind clients in disability rights matters, many of which involved equal access to technology, such as voting machines, online absentee ballots, ATMs, websites and educational and workplace software. Dan Goldstein Bio (more...)


Lainey Feingold
The Law Office of Lainey Feingold

(4) Legal Strategies in the Accessibility Space: Lawsuits, Structured Negotiation, and other approaches for ALL stakeholders (1:45pm)

This session will take a focused look at legal strategies used by all stakeholders on both sides of the table. How can we distinguish among different types of lawsuits being brought today? What is the value and risk of collaborative approaches like Structured Negotiation and mediation without lawsuits? How can lawyers representing all parties make sure the digital accessibility space is ethical and focused on problem-solving without compromising the rights of disabled people to use all available tools to enforce hard-fought civil rights and the rights of technology owners to use statutorily provided legal defenses.

Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer focusing on digital access, an international speaker, and the author of Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. Lainey's book is packed with win-win stories of accessibility advocacy with some of the largest organizations in the U.S., all without lawsuits. Lainey Feingold Bio (more...)

Short Break (2:30 - 2:45pm)


Karen Peltz Strauss
FCC

(5) Regulatory Update (2:45pm)

Karen Peltz Strauss is the Deputy Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As one of the country’s premier disability rights attorneys for more than three decades, Strauss has led nationwide efforts to ensure federal safeguards to electronic communications and video programming by people with disabilities. Strauss has authored several landmark disability laws, including mandates for closed captioning, video description, access to communications services and devices, telecommunications relay services, hearing aid compatibility, and accessible 911 services. Karen Peltz Strauss Bio (more...)


Jack McElaney
Microassist

(6) Resources (and Resourcefulness) (3:30pm)

Jack McElaney Jack McElaney is Microassist’s vice president of sales and marketing responsible for accessibility consulting services. Jack is also the publisher of Accessibility in the News, a weekly curated newsletter that is widely read in the accessibility industry. Jack developed and manages an ongoing partnership with LexisNexis to write monthly accessibility articles for their Mealey's Litigation Report: Cyber Tech & E-Commerce. Jack McElaney Bio (more...)

Closing Session


Jared Smith
WebAIM

Digital Accessibility and Legal: What’s Next? (4:15 - 5pm)

Jared Smith wraps up the summit with a look ahead. This talk will include insights from each of our summit speakers, and their predictions for the short, medium and long-term future of digital accessibility with respect to legal issues.

Jared Smith is the Associate Director of WebAIM. He is a highly demanded presenter and trainer and has provided web accessibility training to thousands of developers throughout the world. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that is used to help others create and maintain highly accessible web content. Jared Smith Bio (more...)

Note: The Summit Fee is $395

  • Registration includes notes and resource guides from the speakers
  • Networking lunch and breaks included
  • Coffee/Tea on arrival

Register

Why should I attend? | What's happening now in legal?

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Do you have developers and testers who are looking to improve their skills? Concurrent with the Legal Summit, three “ICT Accessibility Testing Spring Bootcamp Courses” are being offered by top accessibility testing experts. The courses also take place at the Sheraton, Anaheim, March 11-12, 2019:

  1. Accessibility Testing 101
  2. Accessibility Testing 201
  3. Mobile Website Accessibility Testing

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