VITAC Among the Panelists at 2023 M-Enabling Summit

Sep 29 2023 VITAC
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Verbit, VITAC’s parent company, is proud to be among the sponsors of the 11th M-Enabling Summit, a leading all-inclusive conference and showcase covering the fast-moving tech innovations that enable people with disabilities and older adults to access digital content and services in new ways.

The demographic reality of more than one billion people around the world living with a disability presents unprecedented accessibility challenges but also many opportunities for governments and businesses alike. The M-Enabling Summit offers a unique gathering of executives and accessibility professionals from global government, business, education, and advocacy organizations to network and participate in plenary and specialized breakout sessions, as well as other special featured events.

The New Landscape of Accessible Media Platforms for Entertainment

The 2023 conference will feature panel discussions, open conversations with innovators and disrupters in digital inclusion, networking meetups, brainstorming, and live debates among disability advocacy leaders, business executives, accessibility experts, and information technology and assistive technology providers.

Heather York, Vice President of Marketing and Government Affairs at VITAC, will take part in a panel discussion regarding accessible media platforms for entertainment.

The panel will discuss digital media platforms for entertainment and how the availability of mainstream digital accessibility features and services have progressed over the past few years, the remaining gaps, emerging technologies to watch, and how further progress may be accomplished from a technology, policy, and implementation standpoint.

Heather will be joined by session chair Christian Vogler, Ph.D., Director, Technology Access Program, at Gallaudet University and panelists Lakshmi Ziskin, Senior Product Manager, Prime Video Content Accessibility, at Amazon; Sonali Rai, Media, Culture and Immersive Technologies Lead, at RNIB; and Thomas Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility, at Comcast.

The panel will be on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 4:15-5:15 PM in Studio E.

AI and Digital Transformation

This year’s summit will focus on how AI drives innovation and automation in multiple areas allowing to scale up digital accessibility and review risks for persons with disabilities that organizations need to mitigate.

Featured topics will include:

  • How AI Will Transform the Digital Accessibility Eco-system
  • The Impact of AI on Assistive Technologies
  • The Impact of AI on Accessibility Testing
  • AI for Users’ Online Safety
  • New Enablers for Inclusive Workplaces
  • W3C-WAI Update on Web Accessibility Guidelines
  • Global Accessibility Regulatory Trends
  • Latest U.S. Legislative and Regulatory Developments
  • Latest Advances of Social Media Accessibility

If You’re Going

The 2023 M-Enabling Summit – “Promoting Accessible Technologies and Environments” – will be held on Oct. 10-12 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA.

Summit Hours:

Oct. 10 (Tuesday): 9 AM-7:30 PM

Oct. 11 (Wednesday): 8:30 AM-7 PM

Oct. 12 (Thursday): 8 AM-3 PM

Expo Hours:

Oct. 10 (Tuesday): 10:30 AM-7 PM

Oct. 11 (Wednesday): 9:30 AM-7 PM