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February Monthly Meeting - Technology & the ADA
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February Monthly Meeting - Digital Equality and Access for All

When: Tuesday, February 19th
11:30am - 1:00pm
Where: NCSU University Club
4200 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, North Carolina  27606
United States
Presenter: John G. Samuel
Contact: Kirsten Benzaquen

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Please note the 2019 Monthly Meetings will be held at the NCSU University Club.


The Challenge:

Today, nearly 20% of Americans live with a disability — and digital content is difficult or impossible for them to navigate, understand and consume.

Digitally equitable content is designed to create a universal experience that is inclusive of people who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, or those with cognitive and/or physical disabilities, such as the inability to use a mouse.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990 to provide civil rights protection to people with disabilities, but it predates the modern web and communication technologies and does not specifically mention websites. The law has sat stagnant since its inception, failing to keep up with changing times and technologies. However, organizations are being more proactive and looking to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), for guidance when it comes to digital equality and access for all.


 Our Speaker, John G. Samuel will be helping raise the awareness of the needs of People with Disabilities, and justify the demand for digital accessibility efforts as part of your organizations’ Diversity & Inclusion strategy. 

John’s presentation is a great introduction for people who are new to accessibility but want to learn more. He will walk you through his experiences as a student, who started losing his sight in college, as well, as how he has navigated challenges throughout his career as a blind professional.  He is an Accessibility Evangelist helping organizations remove the barriers that stand in the way of accessing the web, for people of all abilities.

In this presentation, he will touch on:

  • ADA and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) requirements
  • Assistive Technology and reasonable accommodations
  • Digital accessibility best practices 

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