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The Competitive Edge: Accessibility, Oct 25th, 6:00 PM

  • 25 Oct 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd #100, Austin


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The Competitive Advantage of Accessibility

Host: Heather Poggi-Mannis

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Americans with disabilities have an estimated $175 BILLION in discretionary spending power. This is four times the spending power of tweens (age 8-14 year olds), a demographic much sought after by businesses. Is your business – website or other electronic information - accessible to Americans with disabilities? Are your outreach programs or training accessible?

In this session, we define accessibility as information that can be perceived and acted upon by people with low or no vision, who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who may have mobility issues (like not being able to move a mouse). Come and learn how accessibility is making a difference from a business point of view as well as a practice of being inclusive.

You will learn:

  • The ideas behind universal design
  • Examples of techniques that make any training more accessible
  • How companies use accessibility as a benefit for customers
  • How accessibility can provide a competitive edge
  • Why your business needs to get onboard

Our Moderator and Panel

Moderator: Glenda Sims, Deque, Advisory Board Member, Knowbility

IBM: Ann Abbott, IBM Enterprise Social Solutions Accessibility Lead

Deque: Paul Adam, Accessibility Evangelist focusing on Mobile Accessibility

AT&T: Crystal Baker, Web Accessibility Solutions Engineer

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