Apple’s Jeff Bigham, disability rights lawyer Haben Girma, writer Sara Hendren and extra to hitch Sight Tech International – TechCrunch

We recently announced the first ten sessions for Sight Tech Global, a virtual event from December 2-3 that will bring the world’s leading technologists together to discuss how AI-powered technologies are revolutionizing the future of accessibility. Today we are happy to announce three more sessions. Registration is free and open now.

Design for everyone: Accessibility at Apple

Apple Accessibility has long been seen as a basic principle in design. In addition to creating some of the most popular consumer products in history, Apple created some of the most powerful tools of all time. Apple’s Sarah Herrlinger and Jeffrey Bigham will discuss the latest in accessibility technology from Apple and how the company is promoting a culture of innovation, empowerment and inclusion.

Sarah Herrlinger, Senior Director of Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives, Apple
Jeffrey Bigham, Head of Research, AI / ML Accessibility Research, Apple
Moderator: Matthew Panzarino, Editor-in-Chief of TechCrunch

Inventing disability rights and the barrier-free future

When technologists create exciting new innovations, those designs rarely include blind people. Access to technology and information is a civil right. However, when technologists design exciting new innovations, those designs rarely include blind people. Proponents urge us to use a variety of strategies, from education to litigation, to ensure accessibility is built into all future technology and information systems. Harvard Law’s first deaf-blind graduate, haben Girma, disability rights attorney, Lainey Feingold, and DAISY consortium’s chief innovations officer, George Kerscher, will discuss strategies for creating a future that will benefit people with disabilities, including black indigenous people and colored people, is fully accessible.

Have girma, Disability Rights Attorney, spokesperson and author of haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
Lainey Feingold, Disability Rights Attorney and Author of Structured Negotiations: A Successful Alternative to Lawsuits
George Kerscher, Chief Innovations Officer of the DAISY consortium, Senior Advisor of the Global Education and Literacy Group of Benetech and President of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
Host: Megan Rose Dickey, Senior Reporter at TechCrunch

What can a body do? How we meet the built world

Technologists love to imagine how their work will affect people, but this is no substitute for really knowing the real impact on life or better understanding what people, especially people with disabilities, really think of their surroundings and their community expect. What can a body do in her recent book? Professor and Designer Sara Hendrens “The aim … is not to throw cold water on innovations; It’s about re-centering the people behind the tools that need to work with their environment. Your customizations are at least as wonderful as the technology that helps them. “(Katy Waldman, in her New York review)

Sara Hendren, Associate Professor, Olin College
Moderator: Will Butler, Vice President of Be My Eyes

Look out for more sessions and outbreaks in early November. In the meantime, registration is open. Get your pass today!

Sight Tech Global is excited to hear from potential sponsors. We are grateful to the current sponsors Amazon, Ford, Google, Humanware, Microsoft, Mojo Vision, Salesforce, Waymo and Wells Fargo. All sponsorship proceeds go to the non-profit Vista Center for the blind and visually impaired, which has been operating in Silicon Valley for 75 years.

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