Come learn how you can easily incorporate IT professionals with disabilities into your product development cycle. Collaborating remotely allows people with vision disabilities to test products using their own computers and assistive technologies. Using video conferencing technology, a professional IT tester, that has a visual disability, can share both their screen and computer sound. This provides a full view of what the tester is experiencing.
LCI (https://www.lcindustries.com/) is one of the largest employers of Americans who are blind and visually impaired, currently employing over 350 individuals that are blind or low vision. LCI creates over 2,000 products and distributes thousands more through manufacturing, retail, nationwide distribution and e-commerce channels. Using Equal Entry as a case study lean how to partner for an enhanced accessibility experience.
About the speakers
Heather Burns’ passion for Accessibility started early, turning self-advocacy into a student run organization to help others gain the accommodations they needed for academic success. At Microsoft, she worked on the accessibility of Windows and the Office family of products, becoming a co-inventor of UIAutomation (US Patents 7,644,367 & 7,490,313). Heather is currently a full time Accessibility Consultant for Equal Entry, a company founded by a former Microsoft accessibility peer Thomas Logan. Equal Entry provides clients with Accessibility expertise through audits, training and expert witness testimony. She is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) and Trusted Tester for Web on Windows (TTv5).
John G. Samuel is an award winning business development leader, with over thirteen years of experience building strategic partnerships, designing profitable business models, and transforming organizations around the world. He is currently the Head of LCI Tech and is responsible for launching the new technology services business for LCI, which is one of the largest employers of Americans who are blind. He is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC).