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Stephanie Acosta has over 16 years of experience in the travel business and has mastered all aspects of the industry. She is an adept at handling large corporate accounts-such as Colgate Palmolive, Paramount pictures and Fox-as she is meeting the needs of individual travelers now with spinal cord injuries or diseases. "This is the most rewarding job I have ever had". At the end of the day, I really feel like I have made a difference and it always amazes me to see how much I have learned and grown in the seven years I have been with United Spinal. In addition, Stephanie help to create the new travel agency called ABLE to Travel. Stephanie's education started at the American Airlines Academy in 1991, she then went on to the Travel Institute in 2003 to become a certified CTA. Just recently she earned with exceptional marks her CTC, which is the highest credential a travel agent can have. She is on numerous advisory committees for ADA travel. Stephanie also speaks to new patients at hospitals and rehabilitation centers to inform them about accessible travel and essential facts they need to know.
Paul J. Adam is an Accessibility Evangelist at Deque Systems, Inc. by day and spends his spare time creating websites or learning iOS development. He's worked as an Accessibility Specialist at the Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), a web designer for UT-Permian Basin and A&M-Central Texas, and has trained students, faculty, and staff in a wide variety of IT & Accessibility subjects. Paul is also an Apple Nerd who got hooked after using the first accessible iPhone
Dr. Ailey is a nurse researcher and educator with a background in public health and mental health nursing and disability, Dr. Ailey focuses her research and scholarship on behavioral health promotion and improving the health care experience for people with intellectual disabilities. She is the immediate past Treasurer of the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities. Dr. Ailey earned her BSN, MSN and PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Mike is the Director of Governmental Affairs, for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in their national office in Alexandria, VA. SHRM is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. He is responsible for all Association governmental affairs endeavors; including managing and developing the strategic focus of SHRM's governmental affairs. Prior to joining SHRM, Mike was with the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), which represents the human resource professionals as 1,750 higher education institutions and Bonner & Associates, a public affairs firm in Washington, DC where he worked on state public policy issues. Mike currently serves as a member of the UWC Board of Directors, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relation's Committee and, the National Advisory Council to Corporate Voices for Working Families. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego.
Sharon Alexander works in the Washington Field Office of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where she has served as an investigator in EEOC’s private sector enforcement program and is currently assigned as an Administrative Judge in the federal sector hearings program. Prior to joining the Field Office, Sharon was a Special Assistant and Attorney Advisor to EEOC Commissioner and Acting Chair Stuart Ishimaru, and thereafter to EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien. During six years working with the Chair of the Commission, Sharon played key roles in the development of regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; the development of the Commission’s Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, and the Commission’s work on Title VII’s sex discrimination provision as it pertains to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. Sharon also helped to lead EEOC’s outreach to veterans with disabilities, and coordinated EEOC’s participation in the interagency National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force.
Dr. Allweiss is an Endocrinologist who completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the LA County- USC Medical Center, a fellowship in Endocrinology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and was the chief clinical fellow at the Joslin Clinic in Boston. She received a Masters of Science in Public Health while completing a residency in Preventive Medicine and Occupational Health at the University of Kentucky. She has had an Intergovernmental Practice Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control, Division of Diabetes Translation since 1999, working on diabetes education programs in the workplace as part of the NDEP (National Diabetes Education Program), a joint CDC and NIH program. She did her sabbatical in 2004 at CDC, Division of Diabetes Translation. She is on the CDC Business Team which has cooperative agreements with organizations like the National Business Group on Heath and the National Business Coalition on Health. Dr. Allweiss is a member of the steering committee of the Kentucky Diabetes Control Network, a program started by the Kentucky Department of Health and Human Resources as a public- private partnership to improve outcomes in people with diabetes. She is also working with the University of Kentucky Department of Family and Community Medicine on developing the collaborative chronic care model for diabetes care in an academic setting. She has presented numerous educational conferences to many health and business professionals and was named best clinical teacher in 1992, 1999 and 2001 from the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kentucky.
David Altman has been with the Assistive Technology Partnership (Nebraska) since its inception, 23 years ago. He was the agency\'s first Technology Specialist, and maintained that role for over 20 years. During that time, David developed many innovative techniques and devices in order to meet consumers AT needs. In 2010, David transitioned into the role of ATP Vocational Rehabilitation Program Coordinator. Even with this change, David is always developing innovative ideas to better serve consumers.
Mary R. Anderlik joined the Health Law & Policy Institute's full-time research faculty on September 1998, concentrating on the Institute's grant to study access to health care for persons with disabilities with The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research. Also, she works on various legislative research projects. Dr. Anderlik received an A.B., magna cum laude, in Russian Language and Literature from Bryn Mawr College in 1985, a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1989, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Rice University in 1997. Among other honors, she received the John W. Gardner Award for best dissertation in the Humanities and Social Sciences in 1997. She worked as a post-doctoral fellow in clinical ethics at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas prior to joining the Institute. She practiced law in Chicago for three years after graduating from law school.
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As a leading accessibility expert, Doug has developed federal, state, and local accessibility codes and standards and worked as an accessibility consultant for many major corporations over the past 20 years. Because of his experience and expertise, he has been a presenter at both international and national conferences and conduct numerous trainings on accessibility standards each year. He began his work with accessibility standards shortly after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1992 at the Great Lakes ADA Center (formerly referred to as a Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC)). This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He provided training and technical assistance to businesses and disability groups throughout the Great Lakes region and had direct contacts with staff members at the Disability Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Access Board. In February 1998, he joined LCM Architects as an Accessibility Specialist. During his tenure at LCM, he became a partner and worked on a wide variety of accessibility projects ranging from local government transition plans to nationwide ADA compliance programs for corporations including Hilton Worldwide, Marriott, Accor, Starwood, Red Roof Inn, KSL, Dow, BF Saul, Host Hotels and Resorts, Sears, McDonald’s, Bank of America, Walgreens, and Chick-fil-A. President Bush appointed him to serve on the U.S. Access Board in 2003. He was reappointed for a second term in 2007 and was elected Chair of the Board in 2009. Prior to being elected to this position, he served as Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Executive Committee and Chair of adhoc committees developing guidelines for public rights of way, passenger vessels, and emergency transportable housing.
Doug manages the Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST Program at LCM, funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The FHA FIRST program is designed to provide training and technical assistance on the Fair Housing Act. The FIRST program services include maintaining a website, providing technical assistance through a toll-free telephone line, and conducting nationwide training services using an 11-module training curriculum. He also serves as the American Hotel and Lodging Association representative on the ANSI A117.1 Accessibility Committee.
Melissa Anderson has over 17 years of experience in transportation planning and engineering for city and state governments. She previously worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation where she developed and implemented standards and policies for bicycle and pedestrian facilities as a non-motorized transportation engineer. She also served as the Departments accessibility expert in providing technical assistance, reviewing plans for state and local projects, and implementing the Departments ADA transition plan. Before joining the Department ten years ago, she worked as a project engineer for city governments.
Mark Annunziato is Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Sound Associates, Inc. in New York. He has over 20 years experience in the field of Assistive Technology and has dedicated his career to making Theatre accessible to everyone. During his career at Sound Associates, Mark has played a pivotal role in developing a number of different
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Ms. Ansley began her tenure with the organization in January 2015. Her responsibilities include corporate legal matters, government relations, and disability advocacy. She also works to promote collaboration between disability organizations and veterans service organizations by serving as a co-chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Veterans and Military Families Task Force. Additionally, she serves as an officer on CCD’s Board of Directors.
Shereen Arent is the Managing Director of Legal Advocacy at the American Diabetes Association. The Association's mission of is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. It is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. In this position, Ms. Arent coordinates a nationwide campaign to eliminate discrimination against people with diabetes in employment, education, correctional institutions, and places of public accommodation. To accomplish this, the Association uses an innovative approach that combines education to prevent discrimination, litigation, legislation, and regulatory reform. Prior to coming to the American Diabetes Association in 1999, Ms. Arent established the first Equal Employment Opportunity office for the Architect of the Capitol, an agency of Congress, and was a partner at two public interest law firms, Youngdahl & Youngdahl in Little Rock, Arkansas and Newman & Newell in Washington, D.C. While in private practice, she focused on union-side labor law and employment discrimination litigation, often combining the two to represent unions as plaintiffs in employment discrimination class actions. Ms. Arent also served as law clerk to Hon. Phyllis A. Kravitch, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School and was a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School for the 2003-2004 academic year.
Fernando Arias is a former architect and military technician who became passionate about sustainability early in his career. At ASID, he directs strategic program design and project management for initiatives that drive industry coalitions around age-friendly buildings, and health + wellness engagement, including the ASID Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design, a practitioner development program launched at the Clinton Global Initiative in June of 2014.
As SSB's Chief Accessibility Officer, Jonathan Avila is involved in updating and maintaining SSB's Unified Audit Methodology and best practice library relating to Section 508, WCAG, and other accessibility standards. Jonathan has deep experience in the analysis, design and repair of software, web pages, mobile apps, Flash, documentation and hardware for accessibility. With an extensive technical and programming background, many years of experience in the accessibility field, and his own personal experience as a person with a visual impairment, Jonathan brings a valuable and unique perspective to access solutions for new and current technologies. Over the years he has implemented many innovative and creative solutions in the corporate environment, Federal and State government, and for end users with disabilities. Jonathan participates in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines working group and the mobile accessibility task force, blogs on accessibility issues, and has been the subject matter expert on several accessibility training courses created for the US Federal government.
Bryan Ayres, M.Ed., ATP is a licensed general and special educator, and currently the Director of the Technology and Curriculum Access Center at Easter Seals Arkansas. He has over 29 years experience working with children, youth and adults with a variety of disabilities.
Bryanholds degrees from Henderson State University (BME, 83) in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (M.Ed., 87) in Special Education with an emphasis in severe disabilities and applied behavior analysis.
Bryan is also an Assistive Technology Professional certified by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). His special interests include assistive and adaptive technologies, universal design for learning, and curriculum and assessment access. He presents trainings in local, statewide and national venues.
Bruce Bailey has lead responsibility for the agency web site and with providing technical assistance on Section 508 as the policy relates to web sites and software. Bruce has been working for over twenty years in the field of assistive technology, and more than ten of those years in the Federal government. Bruce also is an invited expert with the W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and an ex officio member of the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards (NIMAS) Board.
Phoebe Ball is an attorney licensed in Massachusetts, Iowa and Florida. She is currently staff attorney with the Self-Determination Team at the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Inc. which is Florida's designated Protection and Advocacy agency. The Self-Determination Team seeks to expand opportunities for person-centered planning, economic self-empowerment, expand access to alternatives to guardianship, reduce occurrences of abuse, neglect and exploitation in the community, and expand access to voting rights. Ms. Ball has been with the Advocacy Center since spring of 2007. Before joining the Advocacy Center, Ms. Ball worked for the Law, Health Policy and Disability Center at University of Iowa on a number of grant-funded projects that were geared towards advancing the economic, social and civic empowerment of people with disabilities. Prior to that she was active in the Independent Living Movement as a CIL employee and, later, as a board member. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2003.
Troy Balthazor serves as an Americans with Disabilities Act Specialist at the Great Plains ADA Center in Columbia, Missouri. Troy also teaches classes on inclusive recreation in the University of Missouri's College of Agriculture, Farming, and Natural Resources, and serves as an accessibility consultant to members of the lodging industry in Missouri. Troy enjoys fishing, college sports, and spending time with his wife and two children.
David Baquis is an Accessibility Specialist with the U.S. Access Board. He is currently involved with updating accessibility standards and guidelines for Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act. Mr. Baquis writes technical assistance materials and has published many articles on assistive and accessible technology. In addition to responding to public inquiries on information and communications technology, he delivers training, including recent presentations on: voting systems, e-learning, and health information technology. His background blends over 25 years of experience in healthcare, consumer education, disability issues, technology, and public policy. Prior to his appointment at the Access Board, he worked as Director of the National Center on Hearing Assistive Technology.
Bart Bartlett has been the EEO Manager for the County of Orange, CA for the last 10 years. Prior to this position he spent 15 years as the County's Assistant Affirmative Action Officer. For the first 10 years with the County of Orange, he worked as a Personnel Generalist.
Denise Barton, Schuler an Assistive Technology Specialist with the Maryland Technology Assistance (MDTAP) and Lori Markland MDTAP Director of Communications, Outreach and Program Development.
Don Bataille, AIA, received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky and is a Registered Architect, practicing in Rochester, NY, providing architectural and acoustical consulting services for local and national firms and owns Hearing Loops Unlimited, a company that designs and installs hearing loops in Western NY. Don has served as Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Rochester New York Chapter Board President, and currently serves on the HLAA NY State Association Professional Advisory Council. He has presented educational programs on Hearing Loss in the Work Place, Work Place Acoustics, Classroom Acoustics, ADA-Communication Requirements and Hearing Loop Technology and has presented numerous local and national workshops and webinar programs. Don is also Vice Chair of University of Rochester, Rochester Prevention Research Center (RPRC) Healthy Living with Hearing Loss (HL2) group and co-authored the 2013 HL2 Summary Report establishing health concerns of people with hearing loss. He is a (RPRC) National Community Committee Delegate, and serves on the RPRC Executive Committee and National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) Local Partner Advisory Board. He recently received the 2014 National HLAA President's Award for his work to make the lives of people with hearing loss better.
Paul Beatty is an Accessibility Specialist in the Board's Office of Technical and Information Services (OTIS). His primary duties are to provide assistance to Federal, state, and local governments and private sector entities regarding the requirements of the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Paul also participates in the staff group developing a final rule on recreation guidelines and the staff group reviewing ADAAG revision proposals. From 1998 - 2000, he was the Designated Federal Official for the Passenger Vessel Access Advisory Committee. Prior to joining OTIS, he served as a Compliance Specialist in the Access Board's Office of Compliance and Enforcement, where he investigated and resolved cases involving potential and identified violations of the ABA. Beatty has also been employed as a Quality Assurance Specialist for the Department of Defense, and served in the Navy (both active duty and reserve). He holds a BA degree in Business Administration from Covenant College and a BS in Computer and Information Science from the University of Maryland, University College.
Christopher Bell, Attorney at Law Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzler & Krupman 150 Fifth Street Towers 150 South Fifth Street, Suite 280 Minneapolis, MN 55402 Christopher Bell is a nationally recognized expert, lecturer and trainer on the ADA. He was the Acting Associate Legal Counsel for ADA Services and a principal advisor to Chairman Evan J. Kemp, Jr., at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. He spearheaded the development of EEOC's ADA regulations, Technical Assistance Manual and ADA sections of the Compliance Manual. He also played a significant role in the development of the ADA, providing technical assistance to the White House and Senate and House committees during the ADA's legislative process. His co-authorship in 1983 of Accommodating the Spectrum of Individual Abilities provided the conceptual foundation for this landmark legislation. Bell gained trial experience as a legal services lawyer. Joining Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzler & Krupman in 1993, Bell conducted litigation under the employment and public accommodations Titles of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and provided expert technical assistance to Jackson Lewis trial attorneys litigating cases under the ADA. He is an inactive partner of Jackson, Lewis. Bell graduated from Clark University (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1974) and Antioch School of Law (J.D. 1977). He is a member of the Florida (1977), District of Columbia (1979) and Minnesota (1997) bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Districts of Columbia, Maryland, and Minnesota.
Peter Berg currently serves as the ADA Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Great Lakes Center. He joined the Center in October of 2000 and has since conducted trainings for a wide range of audiences, including Federal agencies, local and state governments, public and private employers and a variety of businesses. Peter has served and continues to serve on a wide range of disability related committees at the University and within the Great Lakes region. His personal experience with employment discrimination based on disability has given him a different perspective in the employment arena as both an employee with a disability and a manager of over 25 employees. He utilizes this experience and his knowledge of the ADA to work effectively with employers and employees to understand the reasonable accommodation process. In addition, Peter is a strong advocate of accessible environments and has been an active advocate for accessibility in the community where he and his family live.
Brian D. Black is President of BDBlack & Associates in Hamburg New York and has been the Code and Safety Consultant for the National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) since 2007. A member of the ASME A17 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators Standards, Hoistway, Emergency Operations, Outdoor Evacuation Elevators and Code Coordination Committees and the ASME Qualification of Elevator Inspectors Committee, Black resumes his work on elevator codes that first began in the 1990s when he served on the ASME A17 Standards Committee and shepherded the creation of Limited-Use/Limited Applications as Chairman of that A17 Committee.
Dr. Blanck is University Professor at Syracuse University, which is the highest faculty rank granted to only eight prior individuals in the history of the University. He is chair of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. Blanck holds appointments at the Syracuse University Colleges of Law, of Human Services and Health Professions, and of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Prior to his appointment at Syracuse, Blanck was Kierscht Professor of Law and director of the Law, Health Policy, and Disability Center at the University of Iowa. Blanck has written articles and books on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws, received grants to study disability law and policy, represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court in ADA cases, and testified before Congress. His work has received national and international attention. He is a board member of the National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.), Disability Rights Law Center (DRLC), and Disability Rights Advocates (DRA). He is a trustee of YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network. Blanck received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester, a Juris Doctorate from Stanford University, where he was president of the Stanford Law Review, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Blanck is a former member of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, and a Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Washington Program, a Fellow at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, and a Mary Switzer Scholar. Prior to teaching, Blanck practiced law at the Washington D.C. firm Covington & Burling, and served as law clerk to the late Honorable Carl McGowan of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Blanck's books in the area include: The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Emerging Workforce (AAMR, 1998); Employment, Disability, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (Northwestern U. Press 2000); and Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy (with Hill, Siegal & Waterstone) (West, 2003, 2005). In addition, Blanck and Robin Malloy are editors of the Cambridge University Press series Disability Law and Policy.
Ms. Blechman joined the Access Board in September 1997, as a Compliance Specialist, where she determines compliance with and enforces accessibility for Federal facilities under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). She is responsible for reviewing complaints filed against facilities of the U.S. Postal Service. Specifically, she has reviewed complaints filed against U.S. Post Offices and Processing and Distribution Centers. In addition, she is a member of the Access Board's Emergency Evacuation Committee which recently revised the Board's Emergency Evacuation Plan. Further, she is the contact person from questions concerning that plan.
Christy Blew is an IT Accessibility Specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has over 15 years of experience in developing and using internet technologies to deliver information to people and has been working with IT accessibility education for over 8 years. Her trainings include accessibility issues with Word, PowerPoint, and PDF. Christy currently holds a Masters in Technology and a Certification in Computer Science from Eastern Illinois University.
Rebecca Bond is an experienced and dedicated civil rights advocate with a deep personal commitment to disability rights. She previously served as a Trial Attorney and a Deputy Chief of the Division's Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, taking on Fair Housing Act, sexual harassment, race discrimination, and disability cases, as well as cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, and Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. She became a Deputy Chief of the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section in 2006, where, in addition to supervising litigation, she was the Section's Legal and Policy Counsel, oversaw the Fair Housing Testing Program, and chaired the Section's professional development committee. Ms. Bond is a 1997 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1993 graduate of Yale University. She joined the Division in 2000 after clerking and practicing law in Puerto Rico and California.
Joe Bontke is the Outreach Manager and Ombudsman for the Houston District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He currently serves as chair of the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities. Mr. Bontke has been in the field of Human Resources & Civil Rights for the past 24 years and has experience in employment law and adult education. With a Bachelor's in Philosophy and a Masters in Education, he has been a Human Resources Director, a Training Coordinator for the American Disabilities Act (ADA) Technical Assistance Center for Federal Region VI, was appointed as Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and served as Vice Chair of the Governor's Committee before his appointment to Chair. Using his entertaining style, Mr. Bontke has educated groups throughout the country and most recently, his work at the EEOC has enabled him to empower employers and employees with the understanding they need to work effectively at their jobs. Mr. Bontke's philosophy of education is that 90% of knowing is where to find the information when you need it.
James Bostrom, M. ARCH, Deputy Chief, Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice Mr. Bostrom. M. ARCH. serves as Deputy Chief, DRS, Civil Rights Division, U. S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. Mr. Bostrom manages the ADA Design Unit where he supervises a team of architects, code specialists, and other members of the professional staff. His unit provides key technical expertise for the Section's enforcement and technical assistance activities. He works closely with DOJ's attorneys, investigators, and information specialists. He also works closely with ADA compliance issues for State and local governments. For more than 30 years Mr. Bostrom has focused on accessibility and accessible design, design and human factors research, design consulting, publication development, and technical assistance.
William (Bill) R. Botten, an Exercise Physiology graduate from the University of Kansas, joined the US Access Board in May of 2000. Previously, he was Director of the Office of Accessible Seating/Services for Centre Management, a national sports arena management company. His responsibilities included ensuring compliance with State and Federal accessibility requirements at all managed properties, as well as working with design and construction officials during arena construction and alterations. His training experience includes hundreds of presentations over the last 20 years to local, state, and national audiences on injury prevention, disability awareness and sensitivity, and accessibility issues.
Irene Bowen J.D., President ADA One, LLC Irene Bowen, J.D., is President of ADA One, LLC, a consulting firm that provides ADA consulting, speaking, and compliance assessment services to public and private entities regarding titles II and III of the ADA, as well as assistance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and other disability rights laws. Before she founded ADA One, Ms. Bowen's career as a disability rights attorney spanned thirty years. She became known for her singular depth and breadth of knowledge and built a strong reputation as a knowledgeable, insightful, and visionary leader, attorney, and speaker. In August 2008 Ms. Bowen left the Department of Justice (DOJ), where she had been Deputy Chief of the Disability Rights Section, overseeing enforcement of the ADA. She was actively involved in the development of the ADA, the original ADA accessibility guidelines, and DOJ's existing and proposed regulations. She established the Disability Unit in the Civil Rights Division, the Department's program for certifying state and local accessibility laws and codes, the first ADA investigation procedures, and the use of mediation as a means of resolving litigation. Ms. Bowen has also been Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Access Board, a disability rights advocate -- co-founding the National Center for Law and Deafness as a law student -- and a public interest attorney . Ms. Bowen holds a J.D. degree from the George Washington University School of Law and a B.A.in French and English from the University of Northern Iowa.
Don is an expert on reasonable accommodation, accessible design and implementation, and systemic program review and evaluation. He has advanced skill in mediation of ADA disputes in employment and accessibility. Don is a gifted trainer and motivator of professionals, bringing a down-to-earth style that invigorates and enlightens participants on disabilities issues. Don initiated the farthest north independent living center with Access Alaska in 1984 and served as Assistant Director of Programs at the Hawaii Independent Living Center. He served as the ADA Coordinator and Affirmative Action Officer for the University of Alaska and was serving as the Alaska State ADA Coordinator prior to working for CCER/DBTAC.
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Jacquie Brennan is an attorney with the DBTAC-Southwest ADA Center. A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, Jacquie has devoted her professional career to disability law issues. Her interest in disability law started with her nine children, the youngest five of whom are adopted and have different kinds of disabilities. In addition to her work with the DBTAC, Jacquie is the Director of the Paralegal Program at the University of Houston. She is the president of the board of directors for two non-profits -- Project DOCC Houston and A Simple Thread. She serves on the Bioethics Committee of Texas Children's Hospital and the Ethics Committee of TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Mary Lou has been a disability rights law and policy advocate for over twenty-five years. In 1979 she co-founded the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), the preeminent national disability rights law and policy center, and has served variously as DREDF's deputy and executive director, and president and chair of the board of directors. She is presently a senior policy advisor with DREDF directing the organization's special projects. During her career she has served as a policy consultant, trainer and lecturer on diverse disability and related civil rights topics. Ms. Breslin has taught graduate courses at the University of San Francisco, McLaren School of Business, and an undergraduate research seminar at the University of California at Berkeley. She also serves as editor and researcher with the Disability Rights and Independent Living Project of the Regional Oral History Office of the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley. In 2000, she directed From Principles to Practice, the first-of-its-kind international disability rights law and policy symposium attended by attorneys and policy advocates from fifty-eight countries. In 2002 Ms. Breslin received the prestigious Henry B. Betts award for improving the lives of people with disabilities. She also received the Paul A. Hearne Award from the Physical and Mental Disability Rights Committee of the American Bar Association in 2000, and a Mary E. Switzer Merit Fellowship in 1995.
Julie Brinkhoff is Associate Director of the Great Plains ADA Center where she has worked in a variety of roles for twenty years. She provides technical assistance, training and materials on all areas of the ADA including web accessibility. One of her main areas of interest is providing technical/regulatory information in ways that are accessible, user friendly and effective to a broad range of users. Julie received her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Missouri.
Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC, is currently Professor of Disability Studies and the Director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at the Cornell University ILR (Industrial and Labor Relations) School, Ithaca, N.Y. Dr. Bruyère has served as the director or co-director of numerous federally-sponsored research, dissemination, and technical assistance efforts focused on employment and disability policy and effective workplace practices for people with disabilities, and served as the Director of Cornell University’s Faculty- Staff Health Program. She is a past president of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology (22) of the American Psychological Association, the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. She holds a doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology (22) American Psychological Association, a past-chair of GLADNET (the Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network on Employment and Training), and a past-chair and current Board Member of CARF (rehabilitation facility accreditation organization).
Brian R. Bryant, Ph.D. serves as a Research Professor in the Department of Special Education and Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). Brians interest in assistive technology (AT) began when he served as the Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Several of the students Brian served ay FAU were AT users, and they served as excellent tutors. While at FAU, Brian helped raise money to better equip the office with a variety of AT devices. Upon moving back to Texas, Brian was hired as Texas Tech Act Project Director at UT. During his time on the job, Brian helped create the College of Educations Assistive and Instructional Technology Lab, for which he continues to serve as Faculty Co-Coordinator. Over his career, Brian has written numerous articles and book chapters on AT, with applications across disabilities and the lifespan. He is co-author with his wife, Dr. Diane Pedrotty Bryant, of Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities, now in its second edition. Of particular relevance to this session is Brians work with the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). As co-author of AAIDDs Supports Intensity Scale, Brian has examined AT with respect to its capacity to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disability. Working with colleagues from AAIDD, Brian edited a special series for the Journal of Special Education Technology on AT and support provision. Brians research focus is on educational and support needs for individuals with disabilities, and AT applications across the lifespan.
Deborah V. Buck Director, State IT Accessibility Initiatives Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC) Georgia Tech's Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) PO Box 32 Delmar, NY 12054 518-439-1263 voice 518-439-3451 fax 518-441-7204 cell email@example.com Deborah Buck has over 20 years experience working in the field of disability and technology. Ms. Buck recently joined the Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC), at Georgia Institute of Technology, as the Director of State IT Accessibility Initiatives. Prior to joining the ITTATC Project, Ms. Buck was the Accessibility Program Manager at the NYS Office for Technology where she was responsible for accessibility-related policy and program development. For 10 years, Ms. Buck served as the Director of the NYS TRAID Project-NY's Assistive Technology Project, at the NYS Office of Advocate for Persons with Disabilities where she was involved in several state and corporation-based activities related to information technology and telecommunications accessibility. While director of NY's AT Project, Ms. Buck was one of the founding members and Chairperson of the Association of Tech Act Projects (ATAP) and Co-Chair of the Consortium for Citizens and Disabilities (CCD), Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee. Ms. Buck has broad experience in working to effect changes in policies and programs to improve access and services for persons with disabilities in educational, vocational, health care and social arenas. She has promoted and facilitated interagency collaboration and public private partnerships to leverage resources, improve policies and services, and increase options. She holds a MS, Rehabilitation Counseling from the University at Albany, NY and a BA, Sociology from Bishops University, Lennoxville, PQ, Canada.
Kate Caldwell is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she currently works on the Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities project (www.CEEDproject.org ). Her research in the area of employment and social policy has focused on the experiences of people with disabilities, and I/DD in particular, in entrepreneurship. For two and a half years she served as the Editorial Coordinator for the AAIDD journal, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Kate is a board member of the Society for Disability Studies and is the co-founder of the SDS interest group on Work Employment & Society.
Carl T. Cameron, Ph.D., is president of Inclusion Research Institute in Washington DC, and the founder of the Center for Disability and Special Needs Preparedness. He is a nationally known research and training professional in the area of employment and community integration of people with disabilities. He has been recognized as a program developer, researcher, teacher, author, and presenter throughout the United States. Dr. Cameron is a media and training expert and an experienced producer of satellite video teleconferences, videotape training, and interactive video productions. Since September 11, 2001, much of his work has been focused on developing training and technical assistance programs and materials for planners, first responders, and persons with disabilities and other special needs to improve their overall preparedness for terrorist attacks and other disasters. Under Dr. Cameron's leadership, the Center has been designated as a national training partner for the Department of Homeland Security, a multiple grantee under the Urban Area Security Initiative, and a recipient of the People Who Are Making a Difference award from the Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Cameron earned his doctorate in special education, statistics, and communications from the University of Florida, and has been a faculty member at the University of Missouri, George Washington University, the University of Maryland, and most recently at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He has designed education programs for the Department of Defense Education Agency and has provided expertise to a wide variety of research organizations.
Jonathan Campbell works as an Assistive Technology Specialist for PACER's Simon Technology Center. He has experience working as a computer trainer at Apple and working hands on as a paraprofessional and classroom aid assisting children with disabilities. He has a passion for technology that he uses to present, promote, and inform about the benefits of assistive technology through workshops, trainings and in-services. Using his video production and multimedia skills, Jonathan produces projects like the Assistive Technology in Action video series that highlights Assistive Technology users, the Simply Said video series that explains complex concepts in easy to understand language, and the AT Minute series that demonstrates Assistive Technology. All these video projects are freely available on the PACER Center YouTube channel.
David Capozzi is the Executive Director of the U.S. Access Board. The Access Board is the only Federal agency whose mission is accessibility for people with disabilities. David is responsible for $7 million in program expenditures and manages a staff of 26 professionals and support staff who develop accessibility guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act, Architectural Barriers Act, Telecommunications Act, and accessibility standards for electronic and information technology under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. He is also responsible for implementing the Board's Architectural Barriers Act enforcement program, along with the Board's training, technical assistance, and research programs.
Greg Care is a partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP in Baltimore, Maryland where he advocates for his clients in a diverse array of civil litigation and appeals, including employment matters, personal torts, business disputes, and disability rights cases representing persons with disabilities facing barriers to physical accessibility and access to technology. He has enforced the rights of persons with disabilities in cutting-edge litigation and negotiations with entities like Target, eBay, H&R Block, Scribd, Travelocity, and Monster.com. As counsel to the National Council on Independent Living and one of the firm’s attorneys representing the National Federation of the Blind on matters across the country, Greg continues to press for his clients’ right to independently live in the world.
Greg Care advocates for his clients in a diverse array of civil litigation and appeals, including employment matters, personal torts, business disputes, family law, and disability rights cases representing persons with disabilities facing barriers to physical accessibility and access to technology. He is the author of the article Disability Rights and Access to the
Julie is a Senior Attorney Advisor for the National Council on Disability, which is an independent federal agency created by Congress to advise Congress and the executive branch on policies, laws, and issues affecting people with disabilities. Prior to joining NCD, Julie was the Washington-based Director of Government and Industry Relations for the Information Technology Technical Assistance & Training Center for the School of Law at the University of Iowa - a federally funded Center created by NIDRR to provide technical assistance to industry, consumers, and states on Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Julie has also worked as an attorney advocate for the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the American Council of the Blind. Prior to attending law school, Julie worked in the field of hospital administration. J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, M.S.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Janice Carson is the director of the Idaho Assistive Technology Project housed at the University of Idaho. She is faculty in the College of Education and teaches graduate courses in special education. She is also a doctoral candidate conducting research in the area of distance education on AT for in-service teachers.
Linda Carter Batiste is a Principal Consultant with the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a free consulting service funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. She has in-depth training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and employment law as well as accommodations related to mobility impairments, emergency evacuation, and substance abuse. Linda leads JAN's disability legislation initiative by providing research, evaluation, and technical expertise on a national level. She also steers JAN's usability program for electronic, research, and outreach materials. Linda has a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from West Virginia University's College of Law and is a member of the Order of the Coif. She routinely publishes on the ADA and develops nationally disseminated training materials. Linda has been with JAN since 1992. She is also a member of the West Virginia Bar and the American Bar Association; won the 2003 Patrick Duffy Koontz Award for Leadership, Citizenship, and Academic Achievement; and served as the Manuscript Editor for the Executive Board of the West Virginia Law Review. She currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Thompson Publishing Group.
Jack Catlin has over 20 years of personal and professional experience with disability related issues. This expertise has led to his involvement in the development of accessibility codes and standards for city, state and federal agencies; national and international speaking engagements on accessibility compliance issues; and the development of accessibility compliance plans and consultation for many private and public entities. A licensed architect and member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Mr. Catlin is the first practicing architect to serve as chair of the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board). Mr. Catlin's numerous accessibility presentations include national and international venues. He has also provided training and accessibility consulting to various private and public entities.
Helen Chamberlain is a Program Director for the General Services Administrations (GSA) Office of Government wide Policy (OGP), IT Accessibility and Workforce Division. She is the central point of contact for the Federal Government Section 508 program providing technical assistance with the implementation of the Section 508 Standard within the Federal Government. Before assuming her current position, Helen served as an Information Technology Liaison and IT Security Officer for the Office of Personnel Management, Chief Information Officers Office (OPM/CIO). She also served as a member of the Federal CIO Council Education and Training Sub committee for the Federal Workforce Development Initiative. She has her master's certificate in project management and is also a graduate of the Assistive Technology Certificate Program at California State University at Northridge. She is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and the Defense Acquisition University and is Level 1 certified in the Army Acquisition Corps. She has also attained certification through the International Society of Configuration Management (ISCM) as a software configuration manager.
Brian Charlson is the Director of Technology, The Carroll Center for the Blind
For more than 30 years, Curtis Chong has worked to improve the ability of blind people to use computers and other technologies. He has been active in the National Federation of the Blind since 1969, promoting civil rights and improved services for blind people in Hawaii, California, Minnesota, Maryland, Iowa, and now in New Mexico.
Before entering the field of work with the blind, Curtis spent 20 years working in mainstream information technology. He programmed his first mainframe computer as early as 1972, at a time when computers did not talk to the blind. As a designer/consultant at American Express Financial Services (now Ameriprise), he provided technical support for mainframe database and communications software, keeping systems running for thousands of sighted coworkers within the company. From 1997-2002, Curtis worked as the Director of Technology for the National Federation of the Blind supporting internal information technology for the Federation and its external programs to improve nonvisual access technology for the blind in several different areas.
From October 1998 through April 1999, Curtis served as a member of the Electronic Information and Technology Access Advisory Committee of the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board; this group prepared the preliminary standards which were later used by the Access Board to implement Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Curtis also served on a second Access Board committee, appointed ten years later, which developed updated technical standards for Section 508; these standards have not yet been incorporated into published federal rules.
Today, Curtis Chong serves as president of the National Federation of the Blind in Computer Science and the treasurer of the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico. He also works as the Manager of Access Technology at the New Mexico Commission for the Blind.
Sally Conway is Deputy Chief, Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She is assigned to the Division's Disability Rights Section, which is responsible for providing technical assistance about the requirements of titles II and III of the ADA, investigating, and, where necessary, litigating title I, II, and III complaints, and certifying state and local building codes. Holding Bachelor's and Master's degrees, she has worked in the fields of disability and civil rights for more than 20 years. Ms. Conway has conducted training sessions, workshops, and presentations on the ADA for representatives from the public and private sectors as well as people with disabilities throughout the country. Ms. Conway is responsible for the Department's wide-reaching ADA Technical Assistance Program. This includes the ADA Business Connection, the development of new technical assistance materials, and the ADA Information Line, which assists more than 50,000 callers each year in understanding the requirements of the ADA. She also oversees the Department's innovative ADA Mediation Program, which provides businesses, state and local governments, and people with disabilities an efficient, effective, and voluntary alternative for resolving complaints under the ADA. She also serves as Congressional Liaison for ADA and other disability-related matters. Prior to coming to the Department, Ms. Conway was Program Director at Granite State Independent Living in New Hampshire. She has also worked as an investigator for the N.H. Commission for Human Rights (the state agency responsible for enforcing federal and state anti-discrimination laws), as the Director of Medical Social Work in a hospital, and as a music teacher in the public schools.
Debbie Cook is the Director of Washington Assistive Technology Alliance, is the Technical Assistance Coordinator for ACCESSIT (National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education), and is a consultant on technology accessibility issues for Department of services for the Blind. Ms. Cook is nationally recognized for her expertise and leadership regarding a wide range of IT, policy development and service delivery issues including: accessible design of hardware, software and web-based technologies; telecommunications product design and service delivery; laws, regulations and best practices regarding access to IT and accommodation of people with disabilities in education and employment; and standards for provision of assistive technology services. Ms. Cook is a regular contributor to AccessWorld (published by the American foundation for the Blind) and has conducted several research projects for the Foundation, is a consultant to the National councilon Disability regarding technology policy issues, and is past-Chair of the Information Access Committee for the American council of the blind.
Professor Jeannette Cox's research focuses on disability and employment discrimination. Her recent work analyzes the conceptual relationship between the newly amended Americans with Disabilities Act and traditional civil rights laws. Professor Cox's work has been published in the North Carolina Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, San Diego Law Review, Florida Law Review and Boston College Law Review. At UDSL, Professor Cox teaches courses in employment discrimination, civil procedure and statutory interpretation. She also serves as faculty advisor for the Disability Law Association. In 2008, Professor Cox was a visiting professor at Notre Dame Law School. Before joining the University of Dayton School of Law faculty in 2006, Professor Cox clerked for Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School, where she earned the Dean Joseph O'Meara Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and served as an article editor for the Notre Dame Law Review.
Dana Craig was born Deaf and currently resides in Central Illinois and a mother of three grown boys.
Prior to joining the NAD Law and Advocacy Center as an attorney in 2002, Rosaline Crawford was engaged in administrative support, sales, and management in publishing, insurance, guest services, and conference planning from 1970 to 1988. From 1988 to 2001, she worked in the Office of General Counsel at The Catholic University of America (CUA). She received her bachelor of arts degree from CUA in 2000 and her juris doctor degree from the CUA Columbus School of Law in 2002. She was admitted to the Maryland Bar the same year. In 2007 she became the director of the Law and Advocacy Center, assuming responsibility for all of the LAC activities, including its coalition, legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts, particularly in the areas of technology and telecommunications access. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and looks forward to having more travel opportunities in the future.
Mr. Creagan joined the US Access Board in 2006 to oversee standards development for electronic and information technologies. He currently serves as the Designated Federal Official for the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC). He was formerly the Director of Consumer Training for the Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC) and before that he was the Director of Public Policy for Hearing Loss Association of America (formerly SHHH). Mr. Creagan is a nationally recognized expert on accessible electronic and information technology and telecommunications.
Lewis Dabney is Director of the Key Bridge Foundation. He is a nationally recognized leader in the field of ADA mediation, having helped manage the Americans with Disabilities Act Mediation Program for the US Department of Justice since 1999. Mr. Dabney has a MSc. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. In addition to his work in ADA mediation he has focused on ethnic and religious conflict, and has served as a consultant on international Alternative Dispute Resolution projects, providing technical assistance including system design, and program monitoring and evaluation. He has trained hundreds of practitioners around the world in introductory and advanced mediation and negotiation techniques, and lectured at universities in South and Southeast Asia, South America, North America, and Europe. Mr. Dabney served in the leadership of the International Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) for several years, including as Chair, and is currently in his second year of serving as Secretary of the board of ACR, a professional association with 4000 members.
Michael Daniels is Executive Director of the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc. (FAAST). FAAST is the Tech Act Program for the state of Florida. Michael received his BA in Special Education and Early Childhood Education from University of Kentucky (UK) and completed coursework for his MA in Assistive Technology at UK. Michael has been working in the assistive technology field for over 20 years with a focus on computer access and seating and mobility. He served as program director at FAAST for fours and was instrumental in the development of the statewide device loan program and the addition of two Regional Demonstration Centers. Michael has collaborated with Dr. Tony Gentry from Virginia Commonwealth University to establish a training series for assistive technology for individuals with traumatic brain injuries. In his free time, Michael is a licensed youth soccer coach and a volunteer with Boy Scouts of America.
Elizabeth Davis EAD & Associates, LLC New York, NY Elizabeth Davis is an emergency management consultant specializing in Special Needs planning and related issues through her firm EAD & Associates, LLC in New York. Ms. Davis received her JD from Boston University School of Law and her Ed.M. from Boston University School of Education with a degree in the Socio-Bicultural Study of Deafness and American Sign Language. She holds an undergraduate degree with a major in Sociology and a minor in Political Science from Barnard College at Columbia University. After many years as an advocate in the disability community, she began public service after law school with the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities as Assistant to Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor. Due to her role as Incident Commander in the Deaf Mexican Nationals slave-ring case in Queens, she was transferred to the NYC Office of Emergency Management as Special Needs Advisor. There she was responsible for ensuring that all elements of planning, response and recovery incorporated the unique needs of the disability community, senior population, and medically dependent persons. She functioned in this capacity throughout the events of September 11. Ms. Davis now consults for public jurisdictions, private businesses, home based care agencies, residential health care organizations, and is directing the National Organization on Disability's new Emergency Preparedness Initiative, to list a few projects. She is also an advisor to FEMA, sits on several national advisory boards, and has had materials published on the subject of Special Needs emergency preparedness. Ms. Davis grew up in San Francisco but now resides in Brooklyn with her husband and two young daughters.
Author of Mastering Integrated HTML and CSS and other books, contributor to InterACT with Web Standards: A Holistic Approach to Web Design. Writing for over 12 years about web design and web education at Web Teacher, http://webteacher.ws. Presenter at Knowbility's John Slatin Access U, InterLab, SXSW Interactive and others. Community Manager of Web Standards Sherpa. Digital Arts instructor at University of New Mexico Continuing Ed.
Curtis L. Decker, J.D. National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)* Washington, DC Curt Decker has been affiliated with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)* since its inception in 1982. As Executive Director of the nation's largest non-governmental enforcer of disability rights, Curt oversees all activities related to training and technical assistance, membership services, and legislative advocacy. Before founding NDRN with other P&A Directors, Curt served as Director of the Maryland P&A - the Maryland Disability Law Center. Curt also served as Director of the H.E.L.P. Resource Project for Abused and Neglected Children for four years, and was a VISTA worker prior to working as a senior attorney for Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau for five years. Curt currently chairs the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a coalition of over 100 national disability groups, and serves on the boards of Friends of Research and Opera Vivente. In his career, Curt also served as a legislative consultant for numerous groups, including the American Association on Mental Retardation, the National Public Law Training Center, and the Maryland Academy of Physician's Assistants. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and Cornell Law School. * formerly the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS).
Jennie is the Accessibility Analyst in Minnesota’s Office of Accessibility. An avid social media “poster”, her mission is to include everyone that wants to be part of the conversation. By day, she works to increase the accessibility of information and communication technology used by Minnesota state employees. After work you'll find her playing piano duets, using American Sign Language with her dog, and trying out spicy recipes.
Diego Demaya is a Human Resources Educator and director of ADA Technical Assistance with the Southwest ADA Center covering a five state region. He has been with the Center for eleven years. He specializes in labor, education, and healthcare issues. Diego earned a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctor from the City University of New York School of Law. He has trained law enforcement on the ADA and liability, employers on Title I reasonable accommodation policies, and educators on various topics: Accommodations, effective communication, student mental illness issues, and policy planning. He has provided workshops for institutions pursuant to OCR consent decrees and settlements. Diego was trained by US DOJ on the ADAAA regulations and participates in collaboration projects with local and State agencies. He is presently a Governor appointed Texas State Officer member on the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Council. In 2014 he was appointed to the Texas Employment First Taskforce pursuant to legislative mandate to review disability-related employment practices of Texas state agencies.
Mark Derry is President of Eastlake, Derry and Associates, LLC. Since 1999, the firm has specialized in accessibility, universal design, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) consulting and training. For two years prior to starting ED&A, Mark worked as a Technical Assistance Specialist and Trainer for the DBTAC: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. ED&A has continued to provide technical assistance and training on behalf of the Center over the years by contract, as well as receiving updates and training from various Federal agencies charged with enforcement of the ADA/ABA Accessibility Guidelines and the ADA. Mark spends about a third of his time writing and delivering training on the ADA Accessibility Guidelines and teaching groups of architects, facility managers and advocates how to survey for accessibility. The rest of his time is spent reviewing blueprints for designers to help ensure accessibility in their projects, as well as surveying physical properties for accessibility, having assessed millions of square feet of facilities. He has written articles for several newsletters and other publications on the ADA and architectural access. Mark has been appointed by three West Virginia Governors to the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC), and has served as Chair of the Council. He is also a past Chairperson for the West Virginia ADA Coalition, and is a member of the WV Code Officials Association. He has served as a member of the Public Rights of Way Access Advisory Committee for the U.S. Access Board. Since 1996 Mark has been an Affiliate ADA Trainer for the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), and has served on the NCIL Governing Board from 2000-2004, and 2006 to the present. He is past Chair of the NCIL Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Ad Hoc Subcommittee, and current Chair of the NCIL ADA/Civil Rights Subcommittee.
Mr. Dikter is the executive director of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) and manages the overall mission of ATIA to bring assistive technology to people with disabilities. He is responsible for all aspects of the ATIA annual conference, public awareness, government education and work on national policy issues as it relates to assistive and accessible technologies. Dikter sits on the W3C-Web Accessibility Initiative Steering Council and works with diverse groups to promote AT and the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Tom is the program specialist in the Office of Workforce Services, the Division of Career Transition Assistance with the U.S. Department of Labor in the Employment Training Administration. He is in Region 5, out of Chicago. Tom was a member of the national one stop team and is the Region 5 One Stop Coordinator and Disability Coordinator. Tom has also been a member of the national workgroup that developed the cost allocation technical assistance guide and has conducted trainings around the country on this particular subject.
Mr. Dipner is a founder of Meeting the Challenge, Inc. He holds degrees in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering and Computer & Information Science from the Ohio State University He is the Project Advisor for the Rocky Mountain Regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center. This information center provides ADA information to businesses and individuals throughout the six-state rocky mountain region. The Center is one of 10 funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The Center serves clients with training, printed materials, answers to technical questions, and referrals to other community resources. He has completed ADA Self-Evaluations and Transition Plans for school districts and city governments. He has conducted over 200 facility accessibility surveys for retail, medical, office, and apartment complexes. He has produced Section 504 Self-Evaluations and Transition Plans for HUD and USDA funded housing projects. He has authored and presented numerous training sessions on the ADA and, in particular, physical accessibility. He was a member of the U.S. Access Board ADAAG Review Federal Advisory Committee responsible for a complete review and rewrite of the ADAAG and received National Performance Review award from Vice President Gore for this effort. He was a member of the U.S. Access Board Federal Advisory Committee on Accessible Electronic and Information Technology. He is currently on the ANSI A117.
Joseph Dolson has been writing and working in web accessibility since 2004, when he founded the web development and accessibility consultancy Accessible Web Design. His articles have been published in Practical eCommerce magazine, QualityWorld, the Accessites blog, and many other places around the web. His work in WordPress includes the authorship of several popular plug-ins and he's active as an editor on the WordPress accessibility task force site, http://make.wordpress.org/accessibility.
Carolyn Doppelt Gray is Special Counsel and co-head of the Accessibility & Accommodations Group for Proskaur Rose, LLP. She counsels clients in a range of industries, including lodging, sports stadiums and arenas, speedways, retailers, universities, restaurants, insurance, hospitals, and housing enterprises on all aspects of disability-related employment and accessibility requirements under federal, state and local law. Carolyn has particular experience in matters involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 and related education, civil rights and construction statutes. Carolyn has defended numerous civil and administrative actions alleging violations by public accommodations and housing developments and also provides counsel on employment and operational issues.Carolyn was a senior White House appointee at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she was a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Commissioner, Administration on Developmental Disabilities. At the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development she served as an advisor for the Fair Housing Acts accessibility process. She was director of the Womens Business Enterprise at the U.S. Small Business Administration and executive director of the Presidents Advisory Committee on Womens Business Ownership. Carolyn was the first woman in Indiana to be named Person of the Year by the Fort Wayne Jaycees.Carolyn is an editor for the National Disability Law Reporter, a contributing editor for the Disability Compliance Bulletin and the Corporate Counsels Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Business Laws, Inc.
Product Safety & Compliance (PS&C) Motorola Mobility -- Libertyville For the past six years, Heather Dowdy has been the Accessibility Solutions Engineer within Motorola Mobility located Libertyville, IL. She reviews products for compliance with FCC Disability Access regulations, researches new technologies to improve communications for people with accessibility needs, and focuses on related product feature development and implementation. She is often recognized by industry colleagues for her technical expertise and user friendly product demonstrations at tradeshows. As the oldest daughter of Deaf parents, Heather is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the World Institute on Disability (WID). Heather is the incoming 2013 Accessibility Working Group (AWG) chair of the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF).
Kendra Duckworth is a Human Factors Consultant for the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) a service of the Office of Disability Policy, in cooperationwith the Dept of Labor, formally known as the President's Committee onEmployment of People with Disabilities. JAN is an international consultingservice that provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act aswell as information on how to accommodate employees with disabilities. As a consultant, Kendra specializes in providing accommodation informationfor individuals with psychiatric disabilities, cognitive and neurologicalimpairments. She is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelorof Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree inRehabilitation Counseling. She began her career as a RehabilitationCounselor for the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services. Since 1991 she has provided consultation to employers, rehabilitationprofessionals, and people with disabilities about work-site accommodations,the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ms.Duckworth also serves as a national speaker for the Job AccommodationNetwork and has served as an instructor for the Job Accommodation course offered at West Virginia University.
Mary Duranti works at UPMC as the director of the Disabilities Resource Center. She has been with UPMC for fifteen years in various roles, including human resources and community workforce development in the Center for Inclusion. She has always had a passion for inclusion of people with disabilities. Mary has over 10 years of experience in disability awareness training and curriculum development. The work at the Disabilities Resource Center includes education and training on accessible health care, facility evaluation for accessibility, community engagement and outreach, policy review and development and serving as a resource to both internal and external customers on issues related to accessible health care for people with disabilities. Mary graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with her B.S. in Business Administration. She received her master's degree in Public Policy Management (MPPM) from GSPIA at the University of Pittsburgh in April 2006. Mary is also a member of the Health Policy Board for the state of Pennsylvania, a board member for the Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh and sits on various boards and advisory groups. Mary recently received the Richard J. Follet award from the Center for Hearing and Deaf Services in recognition of enhancing the lives of people who are Deaf, Deafblind or hard of hearing.
Dzumba leads Nokia U.S. efforts in accessible telecommunications in support of the company's commitment to offer usable and affordable wireless devices for people with disabilities. He has served as panelist for organizations including the European Year of Disabilities, NCLUDE/STAKES, Cost219bis, Tiresias, TAG, and the Federal Communications Commission's Homeland Security. He is currently the co-chair of the FCC Emergency Access Advisory Committee and chair of the Accessibility Working Group for the Mobile Manufacturers Forum. David was part of Nokia team that was first to market the speaking phone for blind users and the Nokia LPS series for users of t-coil-equipped hearing aids. He holds a Master of Science, summa cum laude, in Engineering Telecommunications from Southern Methodist University.
Brian graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1977. He worked at legal aid for two years, and in private practice for 14 years, before joining Advocacy, Inc., a non-profit corporation advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. Brian has handled a number of disability-discrimination and disability-rights cases in state and federal court, and has written and lectured extensively on these issues. Brian is currently a Board Member of both the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the Texas Employment Lawyers Association (TELA). He also is the Chair of NELA's Disability Rights Committee, serves on the Legal Advocacy Subcommittee of the American Diabetes Association, and in the past has served on the legal committees of the National Disability Rights Network and of AIDS Services of Austin. He is the co-author and editor of the chapter on "Workers with Disabilities" in the Employee & Union Member Guide to Labor Law (Thompson/West). Brian was named a "SuperLawyer" by Texas Monthly magazine for 2003-2009, and he received the 2003 Excellence in Public Interest award from the Texas Law Fellowships, and the 2008 Martha Arbuckle Meritorious Service Award from the Austin Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities.
Martin S. "Marty" Ebel is the Deputy Director of the Houston District Office of the EEOC. Before joining the EEOC, he was General Counsel, and later, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), where he ran the Commission's Springfield office, directed the agency's employment testing project, spearheaded a review and revision of the agency's regulations, and adjudicated employment discrimination cases. Before coming to Texas, Ebel was twice named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer. Prior to joining the EEOC and MCAD, he practiced discrimination law for more than a decade. Mr. Ebel's private practice included employment law for both management and employee clients, as well as defending public accommodation lawsuits. He has appeared before state and federal trial and appellate courts and has written, argued, and won two cases that were included in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's list of "The Most Important Opinions of 2001." Before moving to Houston, Mr. Ebel was also an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School where he taught Employment Discrimination. Ebel also lectured and conducted seminars before numerous businesses and organizations. He was a regular member of the faculty of the Massachusetts Bar Association's annual employment and labor conference and the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Foundation's Employment Law Conference. He has been a featured speaker on multiple panels for the EEOC's annual FEPA conferences. Ebel is a 1994 graduate of Boston College Law School, where he was a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and was honored with the St. Thomas More Award-the Law School's highest award. He is the Immediate Past-President of the Law School's Alumni Association.
Jennifer Eckel is a Project Director at CESSI. During recent renovations to the building in which CESSI leases office space, Jennifer provided information and technical assistance to building managers and contractors to assure they had factored accessibility into their plans, and were working from current standards. Prior to working on this contract with CESSI, Jennifer was the Principal Investigator of the Northeast DBTAC (at Cornell University) and was the Project Director of the New England DBTAC at the inception of the ADA Technical Assistance program. Jennifer became interested in the promotion of the Americans with Disabilities Act during her work at the Electronic Industries Foundation. Through the Foundations operation of Project with Industry programs, more than 1,000 applicants with disabilities filled competitive jobs in the electronic and aero-space industries each year of program operation. Jennifer holds BSW and MBA degrees and has completed training as an EEOC mediator and the Society of Human Resource Managers, Professional in Human Resources (PHR) course.
Barbara J. Elkin is an attorney-advisor with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Disability Rights Section. Prior to coming to the Department of Justice in August, 2008, Barbara worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of General Counsel, Office of Fair Housing, as a senior staff attorney specializing in the application of Section 504 to HUD-assisted programs, and the disability discrimination requirements of the Fair Housing Act. Barbara has previously worked for the Epilepsy Foundation as the Director of their Legal Advocacy Program and for the D.C. Public Defender Service Mental Health Division. Barbara graduated from Duke University Law School in 1979 and from Cornell University in 1976.
Edward Elms, a medical doctor from Newfoundland, Canada, joined the ILRU program at TIRR Memorial Hermann and the disability informatics group at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in April 2011. Dr. Elms' research emphasis is on healthcare and disability policy and law, independent living by persons with disabilities and those who are aging, and biomedical informatics. Recent research involvement has included public policy projects, including a state initiated directive to improve employment and independent living opportunities for people with disabilities through translational research and applied technology; training and technical assistance on matters related to disability awareness, the Americans with Disabilities Act, adaptive technology and rehabilitation for persons with disabilities; and development of a new, innovative toolkit designed to inform legislators, advocates and consumers on how to apply independent living philosophies to health care.
William Erickson, MS, has a master's degree from Cornell University and is currently a Researcher Specialist with the Employment and Disability Institute (EDI) at Cornell. He is co-PI and Project Manager of the Field Initiated Program Development Project on Web-based Student Processes at Community Colleges - Tools for Ensuring Accessibility. This three year project is using a multi-pronged approach to examine the state of web accessibility in the community college network and identify IT accessibility barriers for students with disabilities and ways to address them. Previous projects include: an evaluation of the accessibility of web based E-recruiting sites for people with disabilities, a survey of 400+ private sector employers regarding the use of the World Wide Web in Human resource processes and awareness of web accessibility issues for employees with disabilities.
Eugenia Esch is a Trial Attorney with the Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, and has been with that Section for nineteen years. Among other things, she is responsible for investigation, litigation, and technical assistance of matters arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. She has asserted the United States' interests and resolved matters in the following subject matter areas: accessible technology; employment discrimination by public employers; paratransit; child care; architectural accessibility; and effective communication in museums. Prior to joining the Disability Rights Section, she was with the Employment Litigation Section, litigating employment discrimination cases for the Division.
Dr. Ellen Fabian, Professor & Director Research Team, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center University of Maryland Dr. Ellen Fabian is associate professor and director of rehabilitation programs at the University of Maryland in College Park, where she has taught since 1999. She has had more than 20 years of experience as a rehabilitation educator, researcher, and trainer. Dr. Fabian has published more than 50 articles and book chapters as well as two books on topics relevant to the field. She has served as the director of research for the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center where she is responsible for directing and coordinating the Center's research activities.
Dr. Fay is a Professor and former Chair of the Sport Management Department at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a M.P.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Oregon, a B.A. in Government from St. Lawrence University (NY). Fay serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) for the Inclusive Sports Initiative. Fay has focused much of his scholarly work in the areas of social and public policy, sport governance, leadership, sport for development and strategic management. Particular foci in his research, advocacy and activism have been placed on diversity and social justice issues involving a sport context with a particular emphasis on individuals with disabilities. Dr. Fay was one of four keynote speakers at the 2011 NCAA Scholarly Colloquium at which he delivered an address entitled: Disability in Sport It's Our Time: From the Sidelines to the Frontlines (Title IX -- B). Fay has presented over 60 scholarly papers at a variety of international and national academic and professional conferences and has authored or co-authored over 30 book chapters, academic articles and monographs.
Since 1996, Lainey Feingold, a 1981 graduate of Hastings Law School has had her own law practice in Berkeley, California. Lainey is a disability rights lawyer who works primarily with the blind community on technology and information access issues. She is nationally recognized for negotiating landmark accessibility agreements and for pioneering the collaborative advocacy and dispute resolution method known as Structured Negotiations_ Using this method, and without filing a single lawsuit, Feingold has helped negotiate more than 50 legally binding national settlement agreements on accessible information and technology with some of the largest institutions in the United States, including American Express, Weight Watchers, Bank of America, Wal-Mart, Major League Baseball and CVS. Feingold is a regular presenter at the International Technology and People with Disabilities Conference (CSUN), has taught disability rights classes at Bay Area law schools and has written and spoken extensively on disability rights issues around the country. Detailed information about her practice, Including settlement agreements and press releases: is available on her website at http://lflegal.com. She is active on Twitter at @LFLegaland is currently writing a book about Structured Negotiations.
Feldenkrais Law, P.A. 20533 Biscayne Boulevard #469 Aventura, FL 33180 1-888-SUENO-USA firstname.lastname@example.org www.suenoamericanousa.com Michael Feldenkrais Michael Feldenkrais is the owner of the law firm of Feldenkrais Law P.A. based in Miami, Florida. The firm's primary area of practice is Immigration Law. Mr. Feldenkrais regularly represents corporations and individuals in quasi judicial and administrative proceedings. He is experienced in the preparation of legal documentation required for all types of visas including Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visas. He has successfully secured thousands of visa requests for corporations, which include Multinational Company Transferees, Professionals, Treaty Trader and Investors, Treaty Nationals, Extraordinary Ability People, Technical Workers, Temporary Workers, Seasonal Workers, Trainees, and Religious Workers. Mr. Feldenkrais has experience successfully obtaining immigrant status for his clients with, and without, Labor Certifications, and for Foreign Investors seeking business opportunities in the United States. He represents corporations, airlines and shipping companies that have been fined by the Immigration Service for violating immigration laws. For corporate clients, he has successfully conducted audits of the I-9 employment verification procedures and has established a process for such clients to remain in compliance with the immigration laws.
Alexandra (Sandy) K. Finucane is Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs for the Epilepsy Foundation, where she serves as legal counsel in addition to overseeing all advocacy activities, including government relations and legal advocacy. She has been an employee of the foundation for 15 years, concentrating on the promotion of the legal and civil rights of people with seizures. She developed the foundation's legal rights information clearinghouse; published several versions of its Legal Rights Book, including a database of all Federal and State laws affecting people with epilepsy; and has written and filed numerous amicus curiae briefs in the courts promoting the interests of people with epilepsy. Prior to her career with the foundation, she served as an investigator assisting lawyers representing people subject to involuntary civil commitment. She also worked for the National Council of Senior Citizens on rulemaking proceedings before the Federal Trade Commission and wrote Supreme Court case reviews for a legal journal. Ms. Finucane received her law degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and her undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; she is a member of the D.C. Bar, the Maryland Bar, the Federal District Court, the 9th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Barney has extensive knowledge and skills in areas of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology. He specializes in human factors engineering and ergonomics as applied to job accommodation, universal design of products and facilities, accessibility of web technologies and multimedia, adaptive computer technology, and augmentative and alternative communication. Barney has written several access checklists to assist business identify architectural barriers for ADAAG, IBC compliance for the states of Kentucky, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Oregon. Barney is regularly called on to as a regional expert the experts go to for questions on access and ideas for barrier removal.
Roy E. Flora, Chief Operating Officer of Atlanta, GA based US Franchise Systems, Inc. (USFS) (http://www.usfsi.com), parent company of the franchisor of the Microtel Inns & Suites and Hawthorn Suites hotel brands. Flora is an accomplished operations executive and well known in the industry. He has spent his entire 38-year career in virtually every phase of the hotel franchise business, and was with Holiday Inn Worldwide for over 20 years, beginning in 1970 as Director of Projects Development and System Administration. He completed his tenure as Corporate Director of Business Relations for Holiday Inn Worldwide overseeing the administrative and legal processes relative to the various divisions, subsidiaries and operating units including the Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, Embassy Suites and Homewood Suites hotel brands. He was subsequently a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and served as a franchise consultant and litigation expert for such hotel companies as Bass Hotels & Resorts (Intercontinental), Best Western, Ramada, Howard Johnson, Days Inn, Sholodge and Sheraton, as well as franchisee entities and companies outside the hotel industry such as Shell Oil and Dairy Queen.
Bruce G. Flynn, Consultant Watson Wyatt Worldwide. Bruce Flynn is a consultant to Watson Wyatt Worldwide and has 25 years of experience in workplace disability programs. Prior to joining Watson Wyatt he was director of disability management for the Washington Business Group on Health (WBGH). He has also managed the Wells Fargo Bank disability management program.
David K. Fram, Esq., is Director, ADA & EEO Services for the National Employment Law Institute. In this position, Mr. Fram conducts seminars, briefings, workshops, and in-house training on the ADA and other EEO laws. He also provides guidance, as well as expert witness services, during administrative proceedings and litigation. From 1991-1996, Mr. Fram was Policy Attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. This office formulates regulations and policy on federal EEO laws. Before this, Mr. Fram was with the firm of Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C., where he represented employers in a broad range of employment issues. Mr. Fram has spoken extensively around the country concerning ADA and EEO issues, and has trained thousands of HR professionals, attorneys, and others representing manufacturers, federal, state and local governments, colleges and universities, hospitals and health service providers, benefit providers, non-profits, and law firms and bar associations, among others. He also has trained hundreds of EEOC investigators and EEOC attorneys who analyze and resolve ADA claims. In addition, Mr. Fram has consulted with EEOC investigators and EEOC attorneys during the investigation and resolution of all forms of discrimination complaints. Mr. Fram has written on a variety of employment issues. Recent ADA books and articles include:
Mr. Bruce Friedman, P.E., is a Transportation Specialist on the MUTCD Team in the Office of Transportation Operations at the Federal Highway Administration in Washington, DC. He has been on the MUTCD Team for the past eight years. The MUTCD Team is responsible for the development and publication of the MUTCD, and Mr. Friedman’s specific responsibilities include being the primary contact for Parts 4 and 8, Highway Traffic Signals and Traffic Controls for Grade Crossings, respectively. Mr. Friedman has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. Mr. Friedman has specialized throughout his career in traffic signals, traffic control devices, and traffic operations. Prior to joining FHWA, Mr. Friedman was employed by the consulting firm of Kimley-Horn and Associates for 27 years, and prior to that was employed by the Florida DOT and by the City of Charlotte (NC) Traffic Engineering Department. He was a technical member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) for more than 25 years (1983 to 2008) and served as the Chair of the Signals Technical Committee and as the Chair of the ITE Delegation to the NCUTCD. Mr. Friedman is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Mr. Friedman was selected as the Florida Section of ITE’s Transportation Engineer of the Year for 2002. Mr. Friedman has conducted a large number of web seminars for a variety of professional associations and has made numerous presentations in person at professional association meetings.
Scott N. Friedman, M.S.Ed. Adjunct Professor with the Elmhurst Life Skills Academy at Elmhurst College Faculty Access Consultant with the Disability Resource Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago Holds a master's in Adult & Higher Education Ph.D. candidate in Disability Studies and master's candidate in Special Education at UIC Research focuses on serving college students with disabilities.
Ana, AccessAna, has been using Android since July 2010. Her first phone was a Motorola Droid running Android 2.0. Since then, she has worked with most versions of the operating system. She hosted her first Accessible Android blog from august 2010 to September 2011 to help eyes-free users get the most out of their early Android devices. More recently, she started a new version of the blog to discuss the very different approach to accessibility found in Android today. She is one of the cohosts of That Android Show, a monthly podcast about Android and accessibility produced by the Serotek network, and she has been a guest on other podcasts, including Eyes on Success and Access World, where she has talked about Android accessibility. She has been invited to Google I/O, the yearly developer conference hosted by google, for her work promoting Android as a viable option for people who are blind or low-vision.
Christina Galindo-Walsh Disability Legal Specialist National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS) Christina Galindo-Walsh oversees all of NAPAS' voting training and technical assistance efforts to the congressionally mandated Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&A). She has spearheaded the efforts of the P&As under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), as they work to ensure election access to individuals with disabilities. Christina also specializes in Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Prior to coming to NAPAS, she worked as a litigation associate in Miami, Florida focusing on litigation under the ADA and before law school she worked in various special education classrooms in Miami-Dade and Leon counties in Florida. Christina received her law degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee and her B.S. in Mental Disabilities from Florida State University's Department of Special Education. ABOUT NAPAS: The National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS) is the membership organization of Protection and Advocacy agencies commonly known as P&As. P&As are federally mandated systems which are present in every state and territory to provide protection and advocacy services to people with disabilities. P&As were established in 1975 and collectively are the largest providers of legally-based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) directs P&As to "ensure the full participation in the electoral process for individuals with disabilities, including registering to vote, casting a vote and accessing polling places." Pursuant to this broad mandate, P&As seek to ensure election access to a wide range of individuals with disabilities, including, but not limited to, individuals with cognitive, sensory and physical disabilities.
Andrés J. Gallegos, Esq., is a shareholder with the law firm of Robbins, Salomon and Patt, Ltd., in Chicago, Illinois, where he focuses his practice on disability rights and healthcare law. Andrés founded and spearheads the law firm’s 6-year old initiative to improve access to healthcare and wellness programs for persons across all types of disabilities.
Ronald J. Gardner of Bountiful, Utah is a blind attorney and has practiced law for over 25 years. His legal work includes serving as Legal Director of Utah's Disability Law Center, Senior Trial Attorney for the Office of Chief Counsel and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah. He also served as Director of the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness in the graduate school at Louisiana Tech University and has taught Business Law as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University. Gardner received a law degree from Brigham Young University Law School and was named "Honored Alumnus of the Year" in 1999. He is President of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah. He was named to the Board by President Bush in 2007.
Mike Gifford is the Founder and President of OpenConcept Consulting Inc., a web development agency specializing in the Drupal software, and a Certified Benefit Corporation. The company has over 17 years of experience in architecting secure, scalable, inclusive and sustainable solutions for the non-for-profit, public and private sectors, as well as an historic engagement in striving to build a better Internet using open-source software.
Francie Gilman a librarian in Montgomery County Public Libraries who works on library and literacy services for people with disabilities will explain their inclusive planning process.
Kathy Gips Director of Training. Kathy provides trainings and technical assistance on the principles of universal design, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the federal Fair Housing Act and related federal and state laws to architects, designers, businesses, non-profit organizations, public and private schools, people with disabilities, advocates for people with disabilities, and state and local governments. She has over twenty years experience in the disability field. After college Kathy worked at mental health facilities in Vermont where she encouraged patients to express themselves through dance and dramatics. Prior to working for Adaptive Environments, she was assistant director for community services at the Massachusetts Office on Disability where she assisted municipalities in establishing commissions on disability and helped develop the Community Access Monitor Project.
Jeanne Goldberg Senior Attorney Advisor Office of Legal Counsel U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1801 L Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20507 202-663-4693 202-663-7026 (TTY) email@example.com Jeanne Goldberg is a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) headquarters in Washington, D.C. In that role, she assists the Commission in interpreting and applying the statutes it enforces, participates in drafting policy guidance and other publications, and provides technical assistance to stakeholders. Ms. Goldberg has conducted numerous EEO training sessions throughout the country for managers, employees, attorneys, and human resources staff in both the private and public sectors. She previously served from 1999-2002 as an attorney in the EEOC Office of Federal Operations. Prior to joining EEOC, Ms. Goldberg was in private law practice from 1990-1999, specializing in civil rights litigation, and argued EEO cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and D.C. Circuits. She also taught courses as an adjunct law professor at the College of William and Mary from 1996-1998. Before entering private practice, she served as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1988-1990. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D. from George Washington University. She currently serves as a Government Fellow on the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law.
Marilyn Golden is a Policy Analyst at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), our nation's foremost national law and policy center on disability civil rights, with offices in Berkeley, California and Washington, D.C. She has been closely involved with the Americans with Disabilities Act throughout all the stages of its proposal and passage and now during its implementation. A highly lauded ADA trainer, she has directed and led numerous in-depth programs on the ADA which have given thousands of people comprehensive knowledge on how to make this law a reality. She is the principal author of the DREDF publication The ADA, an Implementation Guide (the "Bluebook"), DREDF's highly-respected ADA curriculum. Since the ADA's passage, Ms. Golden has continued to play a key role in policy development on a federal level in the areas of transportation and architectural barriers. She was appointed by the President to the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (also known as the Access Board) in 1996 and has served on the Access Board since that time as a very strong and effective advocate for the interests of people with disabilities. She has also played a key role as a national transportation advocate, and has led the struggle for many of the policy victories during and since the ADA to provide better public transportation for people with disabilities. Ms. Golden attended Brandeis University, from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Soon thereafter she acquired a disability and became deeply involved in the disability rights movement. She served for nine years as Director of Access California, a resource center on architectural accessibility for people with disabilities, and also as Co-Coordinator of the Disabled International Support Effort, which provided material aid and technical assistance to disability organizations in developing countries. Her involvement in international disability rights has continued since the ADA's passage; she has been called upon to share her knowledge with audiences in South Africa, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, and at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. Ms. Golden has authored many articles and received a number of awards for her efforts on behalf of the integration of people with disabilities into all aspects of society.
Alan is a Senior Attorney with Equip for Equality (EFE), the Illinois Protection and Advocacy Agency for people with disabilities, and maager of the Illinois ADA Project which is funded by the DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA Center which receives funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Mr. Goldstein has been practicing law for over twenty years and has specialized in the area of disability rights for more than fifteen years. Mr. Goldstein has provided Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) employment-related training to human resource professionals, businesses, judges, attorneys, service providers, people with disabilities, government agencies, and other organizations utilizing his experiences as an attorney to provide practical information his training. Mr. Goldstein collaborates with Chambers of Commerce, Business Leadership Networks, other SHRM members, and other professional organizations to understand and address employer's concerns regarding the ADA. The Illinois ADA Project provides ADA information to businesses, government agencies, other organizations, and individuals and can be contacted at www.ADA-IL.org or by calling (877) ADA-3601 (Voice) or (800) 610-2779 (TTY). Equip for Equality can be contacted at www.EquipforEquality.org or by calling (800) 537-2632(Voice) or (800) 610-2779 (TTY).
Dan Goldstein, a founding partner of Brown, Goldstein & Levy, has been representing the National Federation of the Blind for 30 years. Since the late 1990’s, he has focused much of his practice on accessible technology and digital content. This included the successful result in Authors’ Guild v. HathiTrust, in which the Second Circuit upheld that making accessible digital copies of print books without the copyright holders’ permission is a fair use under the Copyright Act, and the ruling in NFB v. Scribd that Title III of the ADA covers virtual places of public accommodation.
Fred Gonzalez currently works as the Web Accessibility Specialist for the City and County of San Francisco conducting Web site accessibility reviews, analysis, remediation, and training.Mr. Gonzalez has been working with individuals with disabilities since 1993 as a former chair and volunteer of the local chapter of PUSH America, an organization that provides disability education to the general public and enhances the lives of people with disabilities. Mr. Gonzalez has volunteered his time and efforts to various organizations promote accessibility on the Web since 1997. His educational background is Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Management San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California.
Suzanne Gosden is a Human Factors Consultant, national speaker, and educational trainer for the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), an international information and referral service sponsored by the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability and Employment Policy. As a consultant, Suzanne handles both ADA and accommodation cases, specializing in providing accommodation ideas for individuals with cognitive and neurological impairments. Suzanne graduated from West Virginia University with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education. She holds teaching licenses in two states and is certified in learning disabilities, mental retardation, and behavioral/emotional disorders. Suzanne began her professional career as a Special Education teacher in Virginia and has long been an advocate for students with special needs. She teaches now for the Industrial and Labor Relations graduate program at West Virginia University. Currently, she designs disability awareness activities to educate the public, and enjoys finding new ways to promote disability etiquette in society.
Robert Gould, PhD, is an instructor and the project coordinator of Disability Rights and Employment Initiatives in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In this role, he has been a project co-lead for the ADA National Network Knowledge Translation Center’s ADA systematic review project. His current research explores the promise of disability rights and changing attitudes towards people with disabilities in the US context. His broader research interests include both domestic and international social policy and evaluation, employment and vocational rehabilitation, knowledge translation, and issues of rights and social justice as they pertain to people with disabilities. His past research and publications relate to his experience coordinating a statewide evaluation of the state’s managed healthcare program for people with disabilities, and conducting a series of policy analyses about international trends in welfare and rehabilitation policies including a comparative study of welfare-to-work programs. He is currently the Associate Editor of the forthcoming volume Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Policies, Concepts, and Controversies published by ABC-CLIO.
Wendy Strobel is a program associate at the Northeast DBTAC. She is currently working on developing the projects web sites, marketing materials, and developing new curriculum material. Wendy holds a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She has worked extensively in the application and training of issues around assistive technology in work and school environments. She also has a great deal of experience in the area of employment and transition from school to work for people with disabilities.
Peggy H. Greenwell has been an accessibility specialist with the US Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) since November l992. Her responsibilities include providing technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS). She specializes in access issues related to recreation facilities and is coordinating the development of accessibility guidelines for facilities such as: sports facilities, amusement parks, play areas, golf facilities, swimming pools, boating and fishing facilities, and outdoor developed areas. Her work includes responsibility for the coordination of the Board's recreation rulemaking and has included three federal advisory committees, two of which were regulatory negotiations.
Christine M. Griffin, Commissioner Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Christine M. Griffin was sworn in on January 3, 2006, as a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Ms. Griffin was nominated by President George W. Bush on July 28, 2005, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 4 to serve the remainder of a five-year term expiring July 1, 2009. As one of five members of the Commission, Ms. Griffin participates with other Commissioners on all matters which come before it, including the development and approval of enforcement policies, authorization of litigation, issuance of Commissioners' charges of discrimination, and performance of such other functions as may be authorized by law, regulation, or order. Ms. Griffin's work experience in labor and employment law includes positions in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Disability Law Center in Boston from 1996 to 2005. The Law Center provides legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts. As Executive Director, she provided leadership for the Law Center's 25 employees and conducted its overall management, including programmatic and fiscal planning, priority setting and implementation, and fundraising. Prior to that, Ms. Griffin served from 1995 to 1996 as an Attorney Advisor to the former Vice Chair of the EEOC, Paul M. Igasaki, advising him on legal matters and policy issues. Ms. Griffin's other federal work experience includes serving in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Army. A native of Boston, Ms. Griffin is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and served as its Interim President from 1993 to 1994. She is also a graduate of Boston College Law School and, upon graduation, was awarded a Skadden Arps Fellowship at the Disability Law Center. Ms. Griffin has served on many boards and task forces, including the national Social Security Administration Ticket to Work Advisory Panel, the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. In December 2005, Ms. Griffin was selected as one of the nation's eleven "Lawyers of the Year" by Lawyers Weekly USA newspaper.
Faith Gross is a Rights Advocate with The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, Colorado's protection and advocacy system. She has coordinated the federally authorized and funded Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access Program (PAVA) since it began in late 2003, and is recognized throughout Colorado for her advocacy and knowledge related to accessible voting for individuals with disabilities. Faith is a member of the Colorado Lawyers Committee Election Task Force, the Secretary of State's Best Practices and Vision in Elections Commission, the Secretary of State's Accessibility, Privacy and Independence Task Force, and the Just Vote Colorado/Election Protection Steering Committee. She has testified many times at the Colorado Legislature and before several different election reform commissions and panels. Faith has served on the National Disability Rights Network's Voting Work Group since 2007 and has just completed a year as a member of the National Federation of the Blind's National Voting Work Group. A professional training consultant and former vocational rehabilitation counselor, Faith has worked in the Colorado Disability Community for more than 30 years. She has also served on the Statewide Independent Living Council, the Colorado Advisory Council for People with Disabilities, and the Denver Commission for People with Disabilities. She was the Colorado Regional Affiliate for the federal Region 8 ADA Technical Assistance Center from 1993-2001.
Karl Groves has nearly a decade of professional experience in web design/development and over 8 years experience doing usability and accessibility consulting. He is currently employed by Deque Systems as Director of Training and has created & delivered training for everyone from developers, QA, content creators and project managers. In addition to his development expertise, Karl is known for his pragmatic approach to accessibility and is focused on providing sensible, high impact solutions to complicated accessibility challenges.
Dr. Gunderson has been the Coordinator Information Technology Accessibility in the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois. He leads the IT accessibility efforts on the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign campus. He is the chair of the Open Accessibility Alliance and co-chair of the OpenAjax Accessibility Task Force and a member of the W3C Protocols and Formats Working Group work on the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) and the W3C Web Content Accessibility ARIA/HTML techniques task force. He is the former chair of the W3C User Agent Accessibility Working group that produced the W3C User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 specification. He has given numerous presentations, workshops and courses related to web accessibility. He leads the development of open source web accessibility evaluation tools: AInspector Sidebar for Firefox and the Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 (FAE) to audit and report on the accessibility of entire websites. He works with campus web developers and companies who the university purchases web based resources and applications to improve the accessibility of campus web resources to students, faculty and staff with disabilities.
Andrea Haenlin-Mott is the current ADA Coordinator for Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. As such she provides expertise to other departments to make Cornell campus more physically accessible for individuals with disabilities. She previously served as the Project Director for the Employment and Disability Institute, ILR School, Extension Division, at Cornell University. There she managed the Northeast ADA and Accessible Information Technology Center, which encompasses Federal Region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) and provided training and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act and accessible information technology. She has vast experience in developing and providing presentations and training programs to a variety of organizations including architects and designers, educational entities, employers, businesses, unions, and disability organizations on various aspects of ADA and related laws.
Deborah L. Hamilton works as a trial attorney in the Chicago District Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a position she has held since the spring of 2001. Ms. Hamilton is 1992 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1996. Prior to joining the EEOC, Ms. Hamilton practiced law at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue and served as a law clerk for The Honorable Harry T. Edwards, at the time the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and then for The Honorable Justice David H. Souter of the United States Supreme Court. While working at the EEOC, Ms. Hamilton was part of the team that litigated EEOC's age discrimination suit against the law firm of Sidley & Austin, which settled for $27.5 million in the fall of 2007. Ms. Hamilton also served on the trial team in EEOC v. Custom Companies, which won a $2.35 million jury verdict for three female sales representatives in a sexual harassment case. Ms. Hamilton is currently one of the EEOC trial attorneys litigating a class Americans with Disabilities Act case against Supervalu. The Supervalu case follows the recent $6.3 million settlement of a class Americans with Disabilities Act case against Sears, which Ms. Hamilton also litigated.
Sandy Hanebrink is the Executive Director of Touch the Future, Inc. Ms. Hanebrink is an occupational therapist who has developed a practice niche in advocacy, assistive technology and networking individuals with disabilities and service providers to the necessary resources and funding to achieve individual life goals. She has multiple presentations and publications at the local to international levels including topics on effectively educating and employing individuals with disabilities, reasonable accommodations, disability laws, disabled sports and assistive technology. Ms. Hanebrink has received many awards and recognitions for her work. Touch the Future, Inc.
James R. ("J.R.") Harding II, Ed.D., of Tallahassee, Florida, is employed by the Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as a Partnership Specialist for the Office of the Director. Dr. Harding brings to the Board a successful history of local and state advocacy resulting in more inclusive environments and policies for persons with disabilities. He is active in a variety of organizations and causes, including the Governor's Commission on Disabilities, the Florida Building Commission Waiver Council, the Commission for Transportation Disadvantaged, the Florida Disability Mentoring Day, the Business Leadership Council, and the Chamber of Commerce. He received a doctorate in higher education from Florida State University. Harding previously served on the Board from 2002 to 2006 and was named to a second term by President Bush in 2007.
Michele began working for the Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service in 2000. During the first 10 years, she focused on multimedia and video production and became the Acting Deputy Associate Manager of HFC\'s Audiovisual Group in January, 2009. In the fall of 2010, she accepted the newly created Media Accessibility Coordinator position at HFC and now provides technical assistance, outreach, training, and resources to staff and parks.
Her accessibility projects include written service-wide recommendations for open captions, revisions to sections of the Programmatic Accessibility Guidelines for National Park Service Interpretive Media, consultation and supervision during the service-wide captioning, audio description and assistive listening initiative, and coordination and development of audio description training. She has served on HFC\'s Accessibility Committee since 2003 and the NPS Service-Wide Accessibility Coordinating Committee since 2010. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in Folk Studies with a focus on working in the public sector from Western Kentucky University.
Brandy Hayes is a Program Coordinator for the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC). IDHHC is an executive state agency that promotes system change, community education and collaboration to advance effective communication access for all individuals with hearing loss in Illinois. Brandy firmly believes and stands by the quote stated by Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”
Bill is an architect (registered in Colorado, Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia) who practices nationwide in the field of accessible design and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Consulting. His interest in accessible design began in college when he was on the winning design team for the 1983 Int'l. Special Olympics Village Competition at Louisiana State University, and he continued his involvement as a volunteer sports instructor serving those with Spina Bifida. While an architect at the Birmingham, Alabama firm of Evan Terry Associates, Bill spearheaded the ADA Consulting/Training efforts and was primary author of two books on ADA facility compliance (published by John Wiley & Sons - NY). He has conducted more than 100 public and private seminars on ADA/Accessibility compliance and surveyed more than 100 million square feet for access barriers. While with Evan Terry Associates, Bill consulted with or trained staff from IBM, Duke University, Rockwell International, MARTA (Metro Atlanta Regional Transit Authority), Georgia Tech University, Shoney's Restaurants, United Way and the American Banker's Association - just to name a few. Bill left Evan Terry in 1992 to start his own practice and has since split his energies among three broad areas - consulting on facility compliance requirements of federal laws (ADA, Fair Housing Act, ABA and Section 504 requirements of the Rehabilitation Act); training governmental and private organizations on those laws; and, acting as an expert witness/consultant to the US Department of Justice, private plaintiffs and defense attorneys on ADA and Fair Housing facility compliance cases.
Brigida is the Director of Research at YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities. Established in 1957, YAI has over 5,500 employees and serves approximately 20,000 individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Prior to her employment at YAI, she was an Assistant Professor at DePaul University (Chicago), Department of Psychology. Currently, she holds an appointment as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 1994, she has conducted disability research with a particular focus on employment issues.
Eve Hill, a leading disability rights attorney and advocate previously, served as Senior Vice President of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. In 2011, Ms. Hill joined the law firm of Brown, Goldstein, and Levy. At the Burton Blatt Institute, she was responsible for the Institute's work on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), disability civil rights, and communications issues. In the same year, she was appointed to the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She is responsible for the Division's disability related work. Ms. Hill has implemented and enforced disability civil rights laws in the state government, federal government, and private nonprofit sectors. She was the District of Columbia's first Director of the Office of Disability Rights, responsible for implementation of the ADA throughout District Government. She served as Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center, a leading nonprofit disability advocacy group in Los Angeles, where she focused on ADA litigation, special education advocacy, and mediation of disability rights cases. She was a Supervisory Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Disability Rights Section, where she supervised ADA investigations, created the Department's ADA Mediation Program, and developed the Department's ADA building code certification program. She was also a Visiting Associate Professor at Loyola Law School and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California School of Law and Loyola Marymount University, where she taught disability rights, special education, and dispute resolution. Ms. Hill is the co-author of "Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy," both as a case book and a treatise. She received the 2007 Distinguished Service Award from the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, was a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow in 2006, and won the 2002 State Bar of California Diversity Award. Lawdragon recognized Ms. Hill as one of the top 3,000 plaintiffs' lawyers in the US and Los Angeles Magazine rated her as one of the top 5 percent of lawyers in Los Angeles County. A native of Maine, Ms. Hill received her J.D., cum laude, from Cornell Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Sweet Briar College. She is admitted to practice law in Maine, California, and the District of Columbia.
Jeffery Hill is a graduate of Temple University and Texas Southern University School of Law. He first came to work for the Access Board in October 1987as a law clerk, and later an attorney, in the Office of General Counsel. In addition to providing legal support on general administrative matters, he also coordinated implementation of the Board's drug testing program and served as its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer. Jeffery left the Board in April 1990 and worked for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark attorney. He returned to the Board in October 1991and now works as senior compliance specialist in the Office of Compliance and Enforcement, which investigates accessibility complaints alleging violations of the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968. In this capacity, he conducts investigations to ensure that facilities covered by the Barriers Act meet Federal standards for accessibility. Jeffery also developed the Board publication It's Your Right, a pamphlet providing basic information on the Barriers Act and the complaint investigation process.
Cheri Hofmann Southeast ADA Center Distance Learning Coordinator / Information Specialist. Ms. Hofmann began her career in 1976 working with the Federal Government. She has worked at the Staff Judge Advocates Office as a paralegal and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as a legal assistant. Her areas of experience include: technical writing, training, contracting, procurement, and architecture engineering /design. Throughout her career, Cheri has been involved in volunteering, fundraising or assisting with researching laws for people with disabilities. In 2000, Cheri began actively working with the Independent Living Movement as the Advocacy/Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Independent Living in Northwest Florida. She started several programs and coordinated training and awareness events such as the Parking Accessibility Resource Committee (PARC), Advocacy Council, and the University of West Florida Accessibility Committee. Additionally, she became a recognized voice in a four county region for businesses, people with disabilities, commissioners and legislators for her knowledge with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Nancy Horton is an Information Specialist for the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, where she provides individualized technical assistance, develops training materials, and writes articles on all aspects of the ADA. Ms. Horton has been working in the disability field for nearly twenty-five years. She worked at Centers for Independent Living (CIL) in both Florida and New York, where she specialized in conducting site accessibility surveys, program assessments, and ADA training. She has also worked in the private sector, performing architectural plans reviews and writing reports for Eastlake, Derry & Associates, a consulting firm focused on ADA implementation. She has worked for the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center for more than a decade and has extensive knowledge of employment issues, structural and program access assessment, and accessible design.
Andrew J. Houtenville, PhD., has been a Senior Research Associate at Cornell University's Program on Employment and Disability since March 1999. He is currently the Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability and Demographic Statistics (StatsRRTC). The Center is designed to bridge the gap between sources of data and the people who use disability related statistics. The Center is in its first year of a five year cycle and is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Andrew is also the Principal Investigator of two other projects: a NIDRR-funded Field Initiated Projects to disseminate and analyze Census2000 data, and a Secondary Data Analysis Grant (funded by the National Center for Education Statistics) to analyze the disability content of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data and the selection bias introduced by the exclusion of students with disabilities from standardized assessments. As an extension of his work with numerous data sources, Dr. Houtenville recently developed the Cornell website, www.disabilitystatsistics.org to help relate state- and local- level statistics to a broad audience. Over the next five years, this web site will add disability-related statistics in the areas of housing, poverty, employment, living arrangements, and institutionalization. In recent work, Houtenville and Burkhauser (2004) found evidence that suggests that in 1992 the ADA may have temporally reversed the downward trend, which began in 1986, of the relative employment of people with longer-term work limitations. Houtenville and Daly (2003) investigated the influence of demographic shifts on changes in the employment rate of people with work limitations. Houtenville (2000a, 2000b, 2000c) focuses on patterns in state-level estimates of prevalence, employment and incomes of people with work limitations using CPS data.
Dori S. Hutchinson, Sc.D. has worked at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University for 24 years. She currently serves as the Director of Services Division which serves women, men and youth with serious psychiatric illnesses who may also be homeless, at risk for homelessness and experience significant co-morbidiites. Dr. Hutchinson was the 2000 recipient of the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services Association's (IAPSRS) Early Career Research Award for her contributions on health issues for persons with serious psychiatric disabilities. She served as the chairwoman of the research committee of the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services Association (IAPSRS), now known as USPRA, from 2002-2004 and is currently an active member. Dr. Hutchinson has developed and implemented recovery-oriented service initiatives that assist people who have mental illness assume their rightful roles as students, employees, residents and members of their communities. As Director, She has had the opportunity to hire and work as a colleague and supervisor to people in recovery for twenty years and has developed practice-based strategies that support the full inclusion of people in recovery in the mental health workforce. Dr. Hutchinson provides training nationally to organizations and providers who wish to deliver recovery-oriented services, hire people in recovery as colleagues and conduct relevant program evaluations. Over the last 20 years, she has taken a leadership role in the development of health service initiatives in community rehabilitation settings, inpatient settings and educational settings that provide health promotion knowledge and skills to empower people with psychiatric disabilities to recover their functional health that has resulted from the consequences of living with a serious psychiatric illness.
President and Chief Executive Officer American Association of People with Disabilities. Andrew J. Imparato is the first full-time President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), a national non-profit, non-partisan membership organization of people with disabilities, their family members and supporters that was founded in 1995. AAPD pursues its mission of political and economic empowerment of all people with disabilities through public policy advocacy and programs fostering leadership development, mentoring and career exploration, voting and civic participation, and member benefits. Since Imparato joined AAPD in 1999, the organization has more than quadrupled its membership, its annual budget, and its staff size. With more than 100,000 members, AAPD is the largest cross-disability membership organization in the U.S. Prior to joining AAPD, Imparato was general counsel and director of policy for the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency advising the President and the Congress on public policy issues affecting people with disabilities. Imparato has also worked as a special assistant to Commissioner Paul Steven Miller at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa; and as a Skadden fellow/staff attorney at the Disability Law Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Imparato, whose perspective is informed by his personal experience with bipolar disorder, is frequently called upon to write, speak or provide testimony about disability issues. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging; U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Housing and Transportation; U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space; U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Health; U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; U.S. Civil Rights Commission; and the Institute of Medicine. In October of 2003, Imparato was appointed by Senator Tom Daschle to the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel of the Social Security Administration. From 2005 through 2007, Imparato chaired the Panel's committee that developed a proposal to transform public policy in a way that more consistently supports employment, asset development, and adequate health and long-term care for people with disabilities. In 2004, Imparato was appointed by Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich to the Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council. He was reappointed to that body by Governor Martin O'Malley in 2007. Andrew J. Imparato bio, page two In September 2005, Imparato was honored by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce ("Jaycees") as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) between the ages of 18 and 40. The TOYA award is presented annually by the Jaycees to ten individuals who have demonstrated leadership and service to humanity. In July 2006, Imparato received the "Universal Accessible Transportation Award" from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta for his efforts to make public transportation accessible to everyone. In October 2006, Imparato received the Secretary's Highest Recognition Award from U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt "for commanding leadership of AAPD in politically and economically empowering all people with disabilities through public policy advocacy and programs." Imparato has been featured on ABC News, CNN, CBS News, CourtTV, National Public Radio, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox Sports, C-SPAN, and other broadcast and print media. His opeds have appeared in The Washington Post, San Diego Union Tribune, and other outlets. His analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings relating to disability rights appears in The Rehnquist Court: Judicial Activism on the Right (H. Schwartz, ed., Hill and Wang, 2002). Imparato is also the co-author, with civil rights attorney Claudia Center, of an article in the Spring 2003 issue of the Stanford Law and Policy Review entitled "Redefining ï¿½Disability' Discrimination: A Proposal for Restoring Civil Rights for All Workers." Imparato was elected in October, 2003 to the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation's largest and oldest coalition of organizations committed to promoting equal opportunity, equal justice, and mutual respect. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a group of the nation's recognized experts on social insurance issues and programs. Imparato serves on the Persons with Disabilities Fund Board of Advisors for the Chicago Community Trust. Imparato serves in formal advisory roles on corporate social responsibility, diversity, accessibility, and disability marketing issues with Verizon, Time Warner, AT&T, and America Online, and informal advisory roles with IBM, Microsoft, SAP, JP Morgan Chase, and other leading businesses. Imparato graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School and is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale College. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two sons, ages 14 and 9. Business Address:American Association of People with Disabilities, 1629 K Street, N.W., Suite 503, Washington, DC 20006, 202 457-0046 (v/tty), 800 840-8844 (v/tty), 202 457-0473 (fax), 443 386-2935 (cell), ImparatoA@aol.com, www.aapd.com, Bio last updated 06/08.
Jacobs served as President of IDEAL at NCR until he retired in 2002, after 20 years of service. Prior to 1997, Jacobs managed NCR's global accessibility program and a wide-range of technical support, application development, and technical education groups. He also served as Chairman of AT&T Global Information Solution's Project Freedom which pioneered the use of interactive video technology in support of sign-language communication over the Internet. Jacobs has also been a hardware product manager; a commercial industry marketing manager, and worked in system sales.
Kara James, M.S., CRC, CVE, is the Director of Disability Services at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She works with the University community to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access across campus. She currently serves on the Wisconsin-Association for Higher Education and Disability (WI-AHEAD) board. Ms. James has a masters degree in vocational rehabilitation with concentrations in counseling and evaluation.
Barry Johnson has been working in Section 508/Web Accessibility for over 12 years spending time helping the FAA, the Department of Health & Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Education ensure the accessibility of their complex websites. Working as a Senior Consultant for Deque Systems, Barry also works with Deque's large commercial client base testing and reviewing their ebusiness sites. When not working to promote web accessibility, Barry is a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician at a local volunteer rescue squad, enjoys running, riding his bike, reading, and raising home grown vegetables with his wife. Barry lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.
Darrell Jones currently serves as the Project Director for the IL-NET and New Community Opportunities Center at Independent Living Research Utilization in Houston. Both programs are national training and technical assistance projects for centers for independent living (CILs) and statewide independent living councils (SILCs). In this role she oversees technical assistance, training, and curriculum and publications development, and coordinates the work of a 12-person team to ensure performance and deliverables meet established training objectives. Jones has over 35 years' experience in the independent living field. She was the founding executive director of one of the first Title VII funded CILs in the country, Rochester (NY) Center for Independent Living. Subsequently she was the founding executive director of the Association of Independent Living Centers in New York where she led the successful effort to make CILs a state statutory program. She has been an independent consultant, providing training and technical assistance in various Independent Living situations, and has coordinated training and technical assistance at both the National Council on Independent Living and Independent Living Research Utilization for the past fourteen years. She has extensive experience in developing curricula and designing trainings for CILs and SILCs. Jones received her Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan and Bachelor of Arts from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.
Robin Jones is the Director of the DBTAC-Great Lakes ADA Center and an Instructor in the Department on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Robin has served as director since the Center's inception over 18 years ago. Her educational background includes degrees in Public Administration and Occupational Therapy. Robin has extensive experiences as a consultant and trainer regarding the barriers to community participation for people with disabilities including access to education, transportation, employment and electronic information. Robin has been actively involved in assisting business and government to meet their obligations under federal disability rights laws and is recognized as a key resource regarding hiring and employing people with disabilities.
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Howard Kallem has been the Chief Regional Attorney for the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, D.C. Enforcement Office for 10 years and, before that, was in OCR's policy office for 4 years. He recently took a year off from OCR to work as a Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist with George Mason University's Office of Equity and Diversity Services. Previously, he was with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for 14 years. He has worked extensively with issues such as sexual and racial harassment, testing, and meeting the needs of students with disabilities. In his few spare moments, he is involved with PTA activities and has served as a Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Arlington County, Virginia, Human Rights Commission. He received his law degree from Catholic University of America.
Deborah Kaplan has been involved in technology accessibility for many years and in a variety of roles. At the World Institute on Disability, where she also served as Executive Director for 8 years, she pioneered projects on technology policy focused on universal design in technology as a goal. She headed the Accessibility Technology Initiative for the California State University System, and she currently is the Section 508 Policy Lead in the Office of the Chief Information Technology Officer at the U.S. Health and Human Services Agency. She is also on the Executive Committee of the CIO Council Accessibility Community of Change. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Cheryl Kent, Special Advisor for Disability Policy, HUD/FHEO.
Kleo J. King Senior Vice President of Accessibility Services United Spinal Association Kleo King has worked in the accessibility field for over twenty-three years as a legal advisor and attorney primarily in the areas of housing, air transportation and access to public accommodations cases. She is also active in the regulatory process involving the rights of people with disabilities. Ms. King served as the Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on Delivery of Legal Services to the Disabled and as a member of the Committee's Planning Board. She also was an active member of the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities and was the chairperson from July 1997 until June 2000. Ms. King was a member of the United States Access Board's Courthouse Access Advisory Committee from November 2004 -- November 2006. Representative assignments on which Ms. King has worked include: Developing ticket policies for accessible seating with numerous professional sports teams, and entertainment venues Ensuring that new venues comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and local building code requirements, including the Jazz at Lincoln Center, Citi Field, new Yankee Stadium, and target Field Reviewing PepsiCo facilities for usability for people with disabilities Working with the New York City Housing Authority to ensure its compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Fair Housing Amendments Act Providing training on Fair Housing Amendments Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Air Carrier Access Act, and the Rehabilitation Act Providing a legal perspective to facilities wishing to comply with accessibility laws and civil rights issues concerning people with disabilities Prior to Joining Accessibility Services division of United Spinal in 2004, Kleo worked in the organization's General Counsels Office, where as Program Counsel she advocated for the civil rights of individuals with disabilities and worked on creating and implementing legislation that improved the lives of such individuals. Ms. King received her law degree from George Mason University School of Law and is admitted to the Virginia and New York State Bars. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Virginia Bar Association. She has contributed to several publications, including the Lawyers Cooperative Publishing's Americans with Disabilities Practice and Compliance Manual; Representing People with Disabilities, published by the New York State Bar Association; Rights of People with Disabilities, published by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; and Representing the Elderly Client of Modest Means, compiled by the Practicing Law Institute.
Adriene Kleinman has been part of Punch-In for nearly five years. She has contributed by creating content, editing existing content, and facilitating the Punch-In Employment Course as a course moderator. Her perspective is unique in that she is in a motorized wheelchair and has approached the educational and employment world in a different way than her ambulatory peers. She has chronicled her experiences in over 50 blog entries highlighting her anecdotes on academia, on her career, and other pertinent workplace topics. When she is not actively participating with Punch-In, she is completing freelance writing projects and working at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in their concert venues. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Studies in Cinema & Media Culture from there as well. One day she hopes to create a cinematic masterpiece that will tickle the souls of many.
Christopher Kuczynski Assistant Legal Counsel ADA Policy Division U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1801 L Street, NW Washington, DC 20507 202-663-4665 202-663-7176 firstname.lastname@example.org Christopher Kuczynski is Assistant Legal Counsel and Director of the Americans with Disabilities Act Policy Division at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In this position, he is responsible for supervising the development of policy guidance interpreting Title I of the ADA. Mr. Kuczynski also advises EEOC's field offices, Office of General Counsel, and Chair and Commissioners on ADA investigations and litigation. Since assuming the position of Assistant Legal Counsel in February 1997, Mr. Kuczynski has made hundreds of presentations on the ADA to a variety of audiences - from human resources professionals and EEO counselors in the public and private sectors, to plaintiff and defense counsel. From October 2003 to April 2004, Mr. Kuczynski worked as Associate Director for Disability Policy with the White House Domestic Policy Counsel. In this position, he coordinated implementation of the New Freedom Initiative, President George W. Bush's comprehensive strategy for the full integration of people with disabilities into all aspects of American life. Mr. Kuczynski also served for nine months as Special Assistant to EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez, advising her on issues arising under all of the EEO laws that the Commission enforces and serving as the agency's representative for activities related to the New Freedom Initiative. Prior to joining the EEOC, Mr. Kuczynski worked as a Trial Attorney for the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he enforced Title II of the ADA (which prohibits discrimination by State and local government entities), and Title III of the ADA (which applies to places of public accommodation). He also worked for three years as an associate in the litigation department of a major Philadelphia law firm. Mr. Kuczynski has a B.A. in English from Villanova University, a J.D. from Temple Law School, and an LL.M. from the Yale Law School, where his course of study focused on civil rights and constitutional law.
Sandy Lahmann is an Information Specialist with the Rocky Mountain ADA Technical Assistance Center. She is author of Disability 101, a disability awareness and etiquette column published by the Summit Daily News. She has also been involved working with the Summit Stage transportation authority to improve accessibility on their fixed route bus service. Ms. Lahmann received her B.A. in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and taught for seven years as a licensed special education teacher.
Terri Lakowski is the CEO of Active Policy Solutions and an expert on youth sports policy in the United States. In her role at Active Policy Solutions, Terri has created and implemented strategic policy planning, lobbying, coalition building and education and outreach to renown organizations working on issues relating to sport, youth development, health and fitness, Title IX and gender equity, and civil rights. Prior to starting Active Policy Solutions, Terri served as the Public Policy Director for the Women's Sports Foundation, where she was responsible for the operation of the Foundation's Public Policy Department, which provides education and advocacy to combat discrimination in sport. In this capacity she oversaw the execution of all of the Foundation's advocacy and public policy projects, participated in press conferences and Congressional lobbying activities to advocate on behalf of Title IX and other gender discrimination laws, and developed state and local education and advocacy initiatives to improve athletic opportunities for girls and individuals with disabilities in both school and community recreational athletic programs. Terri orchestrated passage of the Fitness and Athletic Equity Act for Students with Disabilities in Maryland, groundbreaking legislation that for the first time clarified the obligation of schools to provide sports and physical activity opportunities for students with disabilities. Terri also serves as the policy chair for the Inclusive Fitness Coalition, which spearheaded an effort to vastly expand the opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in sports and physical education programs in all levels of education, culminating in a directive from the Department of Education in January of 2013. Terri has been featured for her leadership on this guidance in national outlets, including the New York Times and NPR's On Point. Before working at the Foundation, Terri developed and spearheaded a Title IX education and advocacy program at the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri (ACLU-EM). As part of this effort, she worked with administrators from school districts in Missouri to improve their compliance with Title IX and performed educational workshops for more than 1,000 individuals, including administrators, students, parents, teachers and coaches. Terri earned her Juris Doctorate from American University-Washington College of Law, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Terri received her bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis where, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Social Thought and Analysis with a concentration in Women's Studies. While at Washington University, Terri wrote an honors thesis "Title IX & High School Athletics: An Introspective Look Into Compliance Practices" and participated on the women's varsity basketball team for three years. Terri has taught as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Continuing Studies: Sport Management Program at Georgetown University, Diversity & Social Responsibility in Sport and in the Department of Exercise Science at George Washington where she taught Sports Law. Terri is on the Board of the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, which works in partnership with educational agencies in the U.S. to establish programs, policies and regulations in interscholastic adapted sports for students with physical disabilities to enhance educational outcomes. Terri also coaches a six grade girls' basketball team for KOA Sports, a sports based youth development program and volunteers as a coach for Girls on the Run, a nonprofit serving girls through sports and physical activity.
Mary Lamielle is a nationally recognized educator and advocate on behalf of people impacted by chemical and environmental exposures. She is founder and executive director of the National Center for Environmental Health Strategies. For over three decades she has worked to protect the public health and improve the lives of people disabled with environmental sensitivities. Credited with many landmark accomplishments, Mary has worked to eliminate hazardous exposures and promote safer alternatives, and to address the health, medical, and disability access needs of health affected populations. She has served on dozens of federal and state panels and advisory committees. She has written and presented on many topics including indoor environmental quality (IEQ), healthy housing, pesticides, disability access, emergency preparedness, and the needs of people disabled by chemical and environmental exposures. Mary is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2010 US EPA Region 2 Environmental Quality Award, the 2011 New Jersey Governor's Jefferson Award for Public Service, and the 2012 Camden County, New Jersey Martin Luther King Freedom Medal.
Erin Lawler is a licensed Texas attorney with a focus in disability rights. She serves as the Accessibility and Disability Rights Coordinator for the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities. Ms. Lawler is also a member of the Disability Issues Committee of the State Bar of Texas and an experienced mediator. She earned a Juris Doctor degree with honors from Notre Dame Law School, a Master of Science with honors from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts from American University, where she graduated phi beta kappa.
Gus LaZear, whose background includes more than 17 years experience managing major programs and initiatives in rehabilitative medicine, recreational therapy, outdoor adventures and other adaptive programming for people with disabilities, has been named Vice President and General Manager of the Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons With Disabilities (SpoFit), a program of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL).
Naomi Levin is Chief of the Branch of Policy Development in the Office of Federal Contract. Compliance Programs (OFCCP) at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. She is the primary author of OFCCP's recently published revised regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and a key drafter of the revised regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) of 1974. Ms. Levin joined OFCCP in 2008, after more than 20 years at EEOC, where she served as a Special Assistant to two Commissioners, and, as a Senior Attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel, co-authored the Commission's original ADA regulations. Ms. Levin received her law degree from the Washington College of Law at the American University, and her B.A., in American Government, from Clark University.
Lisa Levine has served as the ADA Mediation Program Officer in the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, for five and half years. The ADA Mediation Program is intended to resolve ADA complaints in an efficient, voluntary manner. The program has proven effective in resolving complaints at less cost and in less time than traditional investigations or litigation. Prior to this position, Ms. Levine was a Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist in HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Employment. There, she trained Investigators nationwide on the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards, conducted compliance reviews of large public housing authorities, and participated in negotiations of voluntary compliance agreements. Ms. Levine has also worked as an Investigator at the Disability Rights Section and at the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices. She is a trained mediator and previously directed a non-profit organization assisting immigrant farmworkers in Homestead, Florida. Ms. Levine is a graduate of Duke University.
Ben Lippincott serves as project director for T1: Industry and Consumer Outreach, Education & Support. Ben has been Manager of Industry Relations for the RERC for the last eight years and is based at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, Ben serves as the primary point of contact for the RERC\'s industry partners and coordinates their involvement in RERC research and development efforts. Highlights of his work in this position include co-editorship of the consumer website, mywirelessreview.com, his involvement in the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) Hearing Aid Compatibility working group, and editorship of the RERC\'s monthly e-newsletter, Re:Wireless, that reaches over 400 wireless industry professionals.Previously, he was sales and marketing manager for International Business Machines. He covered the Southeast region of the US, selling Intel-based servers to small and medium-sized businesses. Ben received his BA in English and Business Management from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
L. Scott Lissner has served as the Americans With Disabilities Act Coordinator for The Ohio State University since January of 2000. He is responsible for disability related policy initiatives, and is the university's grievance officer for disability related concerns. Lissner also serves as a catalyst and clearinghouse for disability related initiatives and as a liaison to the disability community. Currently Lissner is on the editorial board for the Journal of Post secondary Education and Disability and a member of the professional development committee for the Association of Higher Education And Disability. He has published journal articles and interviews on disability issues, regularly presents at national conferences and consults on access, accommodations and instructional issues at with schools, agencies and businesses. Lissner has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and economics from Rutgers University, and a Master's degree in counseling from Hunter College of the City University of New York. He has conducted doctoral level study and research in cognitive psychology with a focus on learning and memory at Adelphi University; and is currently ABD in the University of Virginia's Educational Policy Studies program writing a dissertation on disability policy.
Dr. Beth Loy, a Clinical Assistant Professor at West Virginia University, isa Human Factors Consultant with the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). As aconsultant, she specializes in ergonomics and accommodating individuals withmotor impairments and providing information on the Americans withDisabilities Act. In addition, Beth is JAN's webmaster. She has a Ph. D. inResource Economics with a specialization in social policy and has master'sdegrees in Economics, Industrial and Labor Relations, and Safety andEnvironmental Management.
Bob Lujano joined the NCHPAD staff as an Information Specialist as part of the University of Alabama Birmingham/Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative in April 2012. Prior to that, he spent 14 years as a Recreation Specialist for Lakeshore Foundation, serving the mission of providing recreation opportunities for people with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions. Overall, Mr. Lujano has spent the past 17 years working in the field of recreation and sport for youth, adults, seniors and veterans with physical disabilities. After earning a Pre-law degree at the University of Texas at Arlington, Bob earned a Master of Science degree in Recreation Sports Management at the University of Tennessee. This led to a position at 1996 Paralympic Games as the Venue Director of the City Hall East Project, where he was responsible for accrediting, training and informing over 12,000 volunteers for the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. He joined the Lakeshore Foundation staff in November of 1998 as a Recreation Specialist, where he was part of the development and implementation of recreation programs for kids and youth, but also has been part of the overall growth and awareness of Lakeshore Foundation as a pillar in the field of competitive sports and fitness.
William Lynch is a Trial Attorney with the Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, and has been with the Department for five years. Among other things, he is responsible for investigation, litigation, and technical assistance of matters arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. He has asserted the United States' interests and resolved matters in the following subject matter areas: accessible technology; primary, secondary, and higher education; emergency management; corrections; architectural accessibility; service animal access; and effective communication in courts. Prior to joining the Department, he served as judicial law clerk advising and consulting with judges on the resolution of disputes arising in various types of litigation.
William Lynch serves as Assistant General Counsel for the Fair Housing Compliance Division, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Compliance Division attorneys are responsible for providing counsel on agency and grantee compliance with various fair housing and civil rights laws, including the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act (including the obligation to affirmatively further fair housing), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, and various other civil rights obligations. Prior to his time at HUD, Mr. Lynch served as a Trial Attorney with the Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, responsible for investigation, litigation, and technical assistance of matters arising under the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act.
Research Interests:* Psychiatric Rehabilitation,* Employment and Rehabilitation Issues, * Functional Assessment, * Reasonable Workplace Accommodations Teaching Interests,* Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation, * Disability Policy 75 Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation - Boston University http://www.bu.edu/cpr/ Research Associate.
Susan Magasi, PhD (Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy). Dr. Magasi earned her PhD in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon completion of her post-doctoral fellowships in outcomes and health services research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Magasi joined David Cella’s Center for Outcomes Research and Education before accepting a faculty position in the Department of Medical Social Science at Northwestern University. Dr. Magasi served as a co-investigator on several major NIH-funded instrument development initiatives including the NIH Toolbox Assessment for Neurological and Behavioral and the NIH PROMIS Initiative. Dr. Magasi is a qualitative methodologist on numerous federal, foundation and industry-sponsored research grants. A frequent guest lecturer in qualitative methods, Dr. Magasi has presented her qualitative work nationally and internationally. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming special issue “Current Thinking in Qualitative Research: Evidence-based practice, moral philosophies, and political struggle” in the journal OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health.
Peter Maida, Ph.D., J.D. Executive Director Key Bridge Foundation Dr. Maida has mediated disputes since 1985 between professionals, employer/employee, consumer/business, and in the areas of civil rights, EEO, commercial, human relations, health care, and domestic relations. He is the Executive Director of the Key Bridge Foundation. His clients have included the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Energy, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture He has also provided training to many private, municipal, and state government agencies. He was a full-time permanent faculty member at the University of Maryland for twenty-five years. He has lectured at ICAR, George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia, and the American University in Washington, DC. He currently serves on a number of national mediation panels for employment dispute resolution, including the U.S. Postal Service REDRESS panel. He has been training mediators for approximately 25 years.
Sharon Perley Masling Director of Legal Services National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc. (NAPAS) Prior to coming to NAPAS, she worked for Senator Tom Harkin as his Counsel on Disability Policy. Sharon previously served as a supervising attorney at the Federal Legislation Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center, where she provided legal counsel on matters concerning disability and health care law, and as a trial attorney in the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, where she litigated cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Sharon received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
Linda Mastandrea of Athletics Equity Consulting is a disability law attorney, with experience in education, vocational rehabilitation, employment, public accommodations, emergency management, and access to sports and recreation. She is also a well-known speaker, writer and an accomplished athlete, winning 15 gold and 5 silver medals in Paralympic and world wheelchair track competitions. She serves on many boards and committees dealing with disability issues locally, nationally and internationally including the International Paralympic Committee Legal and Ethics Committee and the United States Olympians and Paralympians Association. And, in 2009, Mastandrea was proud to take the stage alongside President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to present the case to the IOC for Chicago hosting the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Peggy R. Mastroianni is Associate Legal Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She is responsible for developing Commission guidance under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Recent policy documents developed under Ms. Mastroianni's direction address National Origin Discrimination, Discrimination Based on Genetic Information, and the Application of EEO Laws to the Contingent Workforce. Ms. Mastroianni also directed the development of ADA guidance on Reasonable Accommodation, Disability Related Inquiries and Medical Examinations, Workers' Compensation, Psychiatric Conditions, and the meaning of the terms "Disability" and "Qualified." Ms. Mastroianni has been a contributing author to "Employment Discrimination Law" (BNA 1996) and "Sexual Harassment in Employment Law" (BNA 1992), and she has served on the Board of Directors of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Ms. Mastroianni graduated from Cornell University, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and the Fordham University Law School. In May, 2003, she was elected a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Mr. Matney possesses over ten years of marketing, advertising, and research experience with commercial and government clients. Mr. Matney is currently employed by CESSI, a division of Axiom, as Marketing Manager for the Employer Assistance and Recruiting Network (EARN) project administered on behalf of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). In this role, he conducts employer outreach, develops employer champions, and builds key business partnerships to advance the employment of people with disabilities. Prior to working with CESSI, Mr. Matney worked for Monster Worldwide. His combined experience at both Monster and CESSI has given him great insight into the needs and demands of employers, as well as the ever-changing labor market. Mr. Matney graduate with a B.S in Psychology from the George Mason University.
Arlene Mayerson Directing Attorney, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) Arlene B. Mayerson has been the Directing Attorney of DREDF since 1981. One of the nation's leading experts in disability rights law, she has been a key advisor to both Congress and the disability community on the major disability rights legislation for the past two decades, including the Handicapped Children's Protection Act as well as other legislation ensuring the special education rights of students with disabilities, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). At the request of members of Congress, Ms. Mayerson supplied expert testimony before several committees of Congress when they were debating the ADA. She filed comments on the ADA regulations for more than 500 disability rights organizations. Ms. Mayerson has devoted her career exclusively to disability rights practice, representing clients in a wide array of issues. She has provided representation, consultation to counsel, and coordination of amicus briefs on key disability rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education to the Civil Rights Reviewing Authority, responsible for reviewing civil rights decisions of the Department. In addition to her position at DREDF, Ms. Mayerson is currently a lecturer in disability law at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall). She has published many articles on disability rights and is the author of a comprehensive three-volume treatise on the ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act Annotated-Legislative History, Regulations & Commentary (Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1994), which sets forth the legislative history and regulations for each provision of the ADA.
Jamal Mazrui works at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as Manager, Accessibility Clearinghouse. The FCC\'s Accessibility Clearinghouse is a Congressionally-mandated web repository of information about accessible communications products and services. It is mandated by the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA), which also requires the FCC to promote this resource to the public. He was formerly the Deputy Director of the Accessibility and Innovation Initiative. The Initiative, launched by the FCC Chairman in 2010, seeks to facilitate collaborative problem-solving among industry, consumer, and government stakeholders so that people with disabilities can reap the full benefit of broadband communication technologies. To achieve this goal, the Initiative uses techniques of open government such as challenge competitions, developer meet-ups, and shared data about accessible solutions.Prior to joining the FCC, Jamal worked as a legislative analyst at the National Council on Disability, and before that, as a database administrator at the Kennedy School of Government. He graduated with a Bachelor\'s in operations research from Princeton University in 1986 and with a Master\'s in public policy from Harvard University in 1988. Information technology and public policy have been strong interests of his, professionally and personally.
Marsha K. Mazz is the Director of the Office of Technical and Information Services for the U.S. Access Board in Washington, DC. She has been with the board since 1989 and oversees the technical assistance programs for the ADA and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). Her office is responsible for the continued development of the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines, the Section 508 Standards for Accessible Information and Communications Technology, and the Standards for Accessible Medical and Diagnostic Equipment. Her office includes the Board's research, training and technical assistance programs and provides on-line guidance as well as toll-free and e-mail responses to questions about the Board's guidelines and standards. She is the Access Boards representative to the model code organizations and is a member of the ICC/ANSI A117 Committee on Architectural Features and Site Design of Public Buildings and Residential Structures for Persons with Disabilities; and the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Disability Access Review Advisory Committee (DARAC). Her prior experience includes service with a center for independent living, as a member of the Maryland State Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, as a board member for the National Council on Independent Living and as chair of the Washington Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee on Transportation for People with Disabilities.
J. Aaron McCullough is an attorney and consultant focusing on civil rights law, specifically compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Aaron is an experienced lecturer on civil rights compliance with a five-year record of never boring a participant to sleep and hopes to keep his streak alive. Besides his law practice, Aaron heads the accessibility compliance consulting firm handily enough known as "ADAConsult Services," and he can be contacted via the web at ADAConsult.com. Formerly, Aaron was a legal specialist for the Disability Law Resource Project now known as the Southwest ADA Center, serving Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Aaron's recent research interests include: fair housing accessibility, compliance strategies in lodging and recreational settings, and accessibility compliance requirements in state and local law.
Aaron McCullough is serious professional with a sense of humor. He is the youngest of four children, and still resents never getting to pick what television shows he wanted to watch growing up in a one television household. Aaron is proud Texan transplant, but retains a love of the Ozarks region he grew up in. He is an attorney and consultant focusing on civil rights law. Aaron is also an experienced lecturer on civil rights compliance with a five year record of never boring a participant to sleep. He is building his own law practice, and consulting with a number of governmental entities, architecture firms, and other law firms.
Ken McGill directs the Office of Employment Support Programs at the Social Security Administration. That office is responsible for policy and programs supporting the employment of people with disabilities who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. He has held a number of different positions since beginning his career with Social Security as a claims representative in 1973. He has served in management and policy positions at the local, regional and central office levels.
John McGovern is the Executive Director of Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association in Chicago. He is an expert on the proposed changes for playgrounds to be compliant with the ADA.
Brian T. McMahon, Ph.D., C.R.C., N.C.C., C.C.M. Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling Brian T. McMahon, a native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, is a full professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and holds appointments in four schools including the School of Medicine's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. McMahon is a fellow in the American Psychological Association. He served on the national executive council of four professional associations - most recently the American Counseling Association. McMahon is past president of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and a recipient of its Career Research Award. Other honors include awards for teaching excellence from IARPS and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and alumni achievement awards from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and IIT. Currently, McMahon is a distinguished research fellow for the U.S. Department of Education. In this capacity, he studies workplace discrimination and disability for the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. His previous body of work related to proprietary rehabilitation, the vocational consequences of head injury and hate crimes toward people with disabilities. 98 Virginia Commonwealth University http://www.vcu.edu Chair of the Rehabilitation Counseling Department and Lead Researcher on Disability Management 1 112 Virginia Commonwealth University http://www.vcu.edu Chair of the Rehabilitation Counseling Department and Lead Researcher on Disability Management.
Neil K. Melick of West Palm Beach, Florida is Director of the Construction Services Department of the City of West Palm Beach, Florida. He is a Florida Licensed Building Codes Administrator and International Certified Building Official, as well as a Florida Certified Building Contractor. Since 2003 he has served as Chair of the Florida Accessibility Advisory Council in the Department of Community Affairs whose members are appointed by the Governor. He is also a member of the Florida Building Commission's Accessibility Technical Advisory Committee. Melick is a former president of the Building Officials Association of Palm Beach County and previously chaired the Building Code Advisory Board of Palm Beach County of which he remains a member. He also has served as vice chairman of the International Code Council (ICC) International Building Code Interpretations Committee, chaired the ICC's Structural Action Committee, and served on the former Code Interpretations Committee of the Southern Building Code Congress International, which is now part of the ICC.
Carol R. Miaskoff Assistant Legal Counsel Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Carol R. Miaskoff is an Assistant Legal Counsel at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Miaskoff supervises development of EEOC regulations and policy and represents the agency in negotiations with other federal departments and agencies that regulate the workplace. She was the primary career attorney assigned to the UGESP/Applicant interagency task force. In recent years, Ms. Miaskoff also supervised development of the Commission's guidance on national origin discrimination and post-9/11 backlash, as well as an EEOC regulation under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Prior to coming to the Commission, Ms. Miaskoff was an associate attorney with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, where she did litigation and counseling concerning employment discrimination, family leave, drug-free workplace, and other matters. She clerked for the Honorable George H. Revercomb of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Miaskoff speaks regularly to labor and employment groups.
Karen Michael is an attorney and vice president in human resources at SunTrust Bank. In that role, Karen manages complex employee relations issues for the Mid-Atlantic region of SunTrust and works corporately to develop policies, procedures and training for employment-related issues. Karen graduated, with honors, from University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law where she served on the National Moot Court Team and the McNeil Law Honors Society. Before joining SunTrust, she practiced law at McGuire Woods for over six years specializing in the area of employment law and litigation. She received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University. In addition to her work at SunTrust, Karen serves as a member of the faculty at University of Richmond's School of Continuing Studies, teaching Human Resources Law to undergraduate and graduate students, including those earning their Human Resources Graduate certificate and MBA. Karen is a member of the Urban League of Greater Richmond. She also serves on the Board for the Corporate Counsel Section of the Virginia Bar Association. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association and Richmond Bar Association, SHRM and the RHRMA. Karen is married with two sons.
Jessica Mitchell is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V Disability Integration Specialist. She serves as the regional authority for disability integration and coordination, ensuring that the access and functional needs of people with disabilities are included in all aspects of disaster planning, response and recovery. She has case management experience working at the St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources and worked in a residential setting at the St. Louis Arc. She has also served as a personal care assistant and has worked at Camp Aldersgate, a summer camp for children with functional needs. She served on the AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team for two years, where she led operational activities on federally declared disasters. Jessica earned a BA in Psychology from Hendrix College.
Anita M. Moorman, J.D. is a Professor of Sport Administration and Interim Co-Chair in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Louisville. She teaches Sport Law and Legal Aspects of Sport. She joined the faculty at the University of Louisville in 1996. Professor Moorman has a law degree from Southern Methodist University and also holds an M.S. in Sport Management from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.S. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University. Professor Moorman is licensed to practice law in the State of Oklahoma. She was also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 2000 when she served a co-counsel for nine disability sport organizations and prepared an amicus curiae brief in the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act case involving the disabled professional golfer, Casey Martin and the PGA Tour (Martin v. PGA Tour, Inc.). Professor Moorman is the co-author of a highly reviewed textbook -- "Sport Law: A Managerial Approach" published by Holcomb Hathaway, now in its second edition. Professor Moorman's research and scholarship interests include the unique impact numerous Supreme Court decisions have had in the sport industry with a focus on disability rights issues in sport. Professor Moorman also examines intellectual property issues in sport and the interplay between sport law and marketing practices. Professor Moorman has served or is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Sport Management, Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, and the Sport Marketing Quarterly. She has published more than 35 articles in academic journals/proceedings including the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, Sport Marketing Quarterly, Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, JOPERD, Leisure Science, International Sport Journal, Journal of Sport and Social Issues; Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science; and ACSM's Health and Fitness Journal and contributed more than a dozen book chapters in sport management texts.
Karin Morris has a B.A. in Sociology from San Francisco State University (SFSU) where in her junior year suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury as a result of severe car accident. After much rehabilitation, Karin return to SFSU to obtain her degree and went on to do post graduate work at the California State University of the East Bay. Karin spent many years working in direct care with individuals with developmental disabilities before beginning her ADA career as a Technical Assistance Specialist with the Pacific ADA Center. From there she moved on to work with the U.S. Department of Justice, Disability Right Section's Technical Assistance Unit as an Accessibility Specialist where she gained extensive ADA knowledge. Karin then spent roughly two years working with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) as their ADA Accessibility Coordinator improving access to healthcare for individuals with disabilities. Karin has recently become the city of Bend, Oregon's Accessibility Manager where she is involved in all aspects of ADA compliance. When not at work, Karin spends her time enjoying the outdoors with her dog, volunteering, and attending adaptive sport events.
William N. Myhill, M.Ed, J.D., Senior Research Associate Burton Blatt Institute Syracuse University Mr. Myhill has over 18 years of professional experience in law and education, collaborating with and providing services for diverse individuals with disabilities and cultural/linguistic differences, through extensive research, teaching, and advocacy in the United States and abroad. He has a lifetime of personal experience with family disability and is a board member for Onondaga Community Living, a service agency providing individualized vocational and residential support for persons with intellectual disabilities. Formerly, Mr. Myhill served for twelve years as a special education teacher, collaborating within multidisciplinary teams to facilitate and implement individualized education programs for children having diverse special needs. As a Senior Research Associate, Mr. Myhill oversees disability law and policy research initiatives, collaborates on numerous research grants, and is Project Director for grants from the National Institute for Disability & Rehabilitation Research (U.S. Department of Education). The "IT Works" project in its final year is identifying barriers and facilitators, and testing strategies, to improve the hiring, retention, advancement and wages of individuals with disabilities using IT in media, technical support, and business careers. The "Demand-side Employment Placement Models" project utilizes scientifically rigorous and evidence-based methods to develop, identify, and evaluate employment demand-side models. In the role of Adjunct Professor of Law, Mr. Myhill oversees the work of BBI Law RAs and supervises law student research for Independent Study and writing credits. He directs the legal analysis of the latest ADA cases and develops consumer friendly briefs in support of the educational initiatives of the Southeast Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center. His personal research interests include ADA implementation, special education, accessible IT & telecommunications, distance education, youth-to-work transition, invisible disabilities, and universal design principles.
Gabrielle Nagle is the Community Marketing Specialist at GettingHired. With a nonprofit background in disability support and inclusion in the UK, Gabrielle engages both job seekers with disabilities and a nationwide network of community partners in GettingHired’s services. Through outreach and resource development she seeks to improve employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Neal Albritton has often been referred to as a "Section 508 Guru." He is best known for his work in the field of web accessibility as a national consultant, web designer, and through his contributions to the State of California's implementation of Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of ADCS-LLC and Section508Guru.com; is the Citywide ADA Coordinator for the City of Sacramento, California; is Vice President of the California Association of ADA Professionals; and a member of the California Association of Equal Rights Professionals. In 2009, through a grant from the Department of Rehabilitation and the Alliance for Technology Access, Neal authored the "Accessibility Checklist", a document outlining best practices for organizations to create accessible alternative formats, electronic communications and collaboration tools, and website content. In 2006, he co-authored the Accessibility Standards that were adopted for planning new and redesigned California state government websites. He has collaborated with Google and Adobe to improve the accessibility of their search engine and PDF products. Neal continues to deliver workshops on such technical topics as "Designing Accessible Websites", "Creating Accessible PDF", "Customer Service Aspects of Accessibility", and "Section 508 Compliance".
Shelia Newman is Vice President of CESSI, a small business with first handknowledge in removing barriers to employment. CESSI provides a wide range ofeducation, training, and technical assistance to clients on the subject ofrecruiting, hiring, promoting, and accommodating people with disabilities.Ms. Newman, who has a Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling,recognized the opportunity more than 15 years ago and developed the businessniche of helping the Federal government and private companies employ andaccommodate disabled individuals. CESSI, owned by a disabled Vietnamveteran who is a former prisoner of war, practices what it teaches as morethan 20% of its workforce is disabled. Ms. Newman is very experienced atproviding successful accommodations to these employees. Ms. Newman has 25 years experience in managing contracts related to health,disability, and social policy for Federal government clients and for privatesector clients doing business with the Federal government. Ms. Newman is responsible for program management, marketing, corporatestrategic planning, and business development. She is responsible for allhiring decisions for CESSI and has fiscal responsibility for more than 19current contracts. Currently, Ms. Newman is providing project direction and management supportto a variety of CESSI contracts in excess of $10 million. Ms. Newman's andCESSI's success, management style and business ethics have been favorablydepicted in a college management textbook, on a ABC business televisionshow, and in BusinessWeek's Small Biz magazine.
Allison Nichol, Chief Disability Rights Section Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice Allison Nichol is the Chief of the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice where she oversees litigation under Titles I, II and III of the ADA. She joined the Department in 1994 and was appointed the Chief in 2011. She served as lead counsel on some of the Department's first ADA cases. Prior to that she was a trial attorney with Chicago District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where in 1993, she was counsel in EEOC and Charles Wessel v. AIC Security Investigations Ltd., the first case in the nation brought to jury verdict under title I of the ADA. She is a nationally known trial lawyer and lecturer on ADA issues and trial practice, tactics and strategy.
Lauren Nolan is the Economic Development Planner at the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Involvement at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Marnie O'Brien has been a part of the Punch In team since its inception, and has contributed to its design, content as well as course curriculum. She has a Master's degree in Learning Technologies and works as an Instructional Designer and Trainer at a local software firm. She enjoys creating unique learning spaces that integrate multi-media as well as live instruction; and is working to create a computer literacy series involving public access and improvisation through her organization, PC Coaches. Marnie enjoys testing out her latest culinary creations on her family, and tries to keep up with her kids' ever-changing technological trends.
Kim Paarlberg is a Senior Staff Architect for the International Code Council and has worked for ICC for over 15 years. She is the secretariat for the code changes for Means of Egress and Accessibility in the International Building Code. Kim answers questions for architects, designers and contractors on the provisions in the codes and referenced standard. She develops and provides training on the codes. She is a licensed architect in the state of Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Masters in Structural Engineering.
Rex Pace serves as a senior accessibility specialist and technical assistance coordinator. In this capacity, he oversees the agency's provision of technical assistance to the public on accessible design and the Board's ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines, including its toll-free help line and development of published guidance.
Mike Paciello, founder and president of The Paciello Group (TPG) (www.paciellogroup.com), is an internationally recognized expert in the development of accessibility standards. In 1997, Mike received recognition for creating the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) from Tim Berners-Lee on behalf of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and from President William Clinton on behalf of the White House. In 1999, he received recognition from the U.S. Access Board for his "Outstanding Contribution" in the development of the Section 508 standards for electronic and information technology. Mike is co-founder of the International Committee for Accessible Document Design (ICADD) and a former member of the FCC Telecommunications Act Advisory Committee (TAAC), which developed the standards for Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act. He served as Chief Accessibility Consultant to the Telecommunication Industries Association (TIA) and the Electronic Industries Foundation (EIF). Mike's book, Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities, published by CMP Books, was an industry first. Mike's current schedule includes serving on advisory and standards committees for governments, universities, and international organizations; contributing articles to technical journals; and speaking at conferences worldwide. The Paciello Group is dedicated to stimulating education, research, and development of technologies that ensure equality of access to information for all people. Mike Paciello has recently been appointed co-chair of the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee for the project to update and revise the Section 508 standards and the Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines.
Chris Palames Independent Living Resources Amherst, Massachusetts Chris Palames has been active in the disability rights movement for the past three decades. Born and raised in Boston, he graduated from Wesleyan University. In 1974, he founded the Stavros Center for Independent Living, the first disabled people's self-help and advocacy program to serve a largely rural region. He was also active in developing the Vermont Center for Independent Living. During the mid 1980s, Chris worked on Beacon Hill as Assistant Director for Programs at the Massachusetts Office on Disability. He left state government to support Michael Dukakis's bid for the Presidency in 1988, then assumed his current position as Executive Director of Independent Living Resources (ILR). ILR has collaborated with national and regional organizations, providing training and technical assistance to a wide range of audiences on the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Amendments Act, and other disability rights legislation. Chris is currently working on a book chronicling three decades of the disability rights and independent living movement in the United States through the personal stories of disabled people.
Judy Panko Reis MA MS, a Healthcare Policy Analyst at Access Living and former Executive Director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Women with Disabilities Center, has conducted numerous trainings and published text book chapters and papers on healthcare access for people with disabilities. She is the recipient of several major grants and awards for her work on reducing healthcare disparities for people with disabilities including a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leadership Award.
Sarah Parker Harris, is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Disability and Human Development. Dr. Parker Harris received her PhD in Sociology & Social Policy from the University of Sydney in Australia. Her interdisciplinary areas of scholarship include Disability Studies, Social Policy, and Sociology. She is experienced in mixed method systematic review, program evaluation, social policy analysis, and qualitative research design and analysis. Her research focuses on comparative and national disability policy and legislation in areas of civil/human rights, welfare to work and employment, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship for people with disabilities, and theories of social justice and citizenship. Dr. Parker Harris has published and presented widely in areas of disability policy and law, entrepreneurship, welfare-to-work, and international human rights. She is co-author of Disability Through the Lifecourse (SAGE Reference Series on Disability). She teaches graduate courses in theories and perspectives of disability studies, and disability policies and legislation. Current funded research projects include: a five year systematic review of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and an interdisciplinary project on entrepreneurship for people with disabilities.
In August 2003, Brian Parsons assumed the position of Advisor for Employer Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). In his role at ODEP, Mr. Parsons leads the work of a policy team that examines the issues and barriers facing employers as they seek to hire, accommodate, and advance employees with disabilities. Currently, building upon his team's expertise on emergency preparedness and individuals with disabilities, Mr. Parsons chairs the Interagency Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace, under the President's Executive Order 13347. His leadership on disability and workplace preparedness earned him the Secretary of Labor's 2005 Exceptional Achievement Award. In his previous capacities, Mr. Parsons served as the Director of the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities from 1996-2002 and President of the National Consortium of Developmental Disabilities Councils from 2000-2002. In January 2003, the Virginia General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 623 which commended Mr. Parsons for his service to Virginians with Disabilities. Mr. Parsons holds Masters Degrees in Urban and Environmental Planning and in Public Administration from the University of Virginia. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science from Mary Washington College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
Sachin Pavithran was born in India, but grew up in Dubai which is in the United Arab Emirates. Sachin came to the US at the age of 17 to start his college career at Utah State University. He graduated from USU with a degree in Business Information Systems, and another degree in Marketing. Sachin received his Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling at Utah State University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Disability Disciplines. Sachin is currently the Program Director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) and the Disability Policy Analyst for the Center for Persons with Disabilities. Sachin enjoys being an advocate for people with disabilities. He keeps up with the research and development of various assistive technologies, and is involved nationally in working with legislators in the Federal Government to bring a change in various Federal Policies for the benefit of individuals with disabilities. He has reached out to the international community on Disability Policy and Infra Structure Development based on the requirements set forth by the UNCRPD. He has trained and presented in several countries such as Egypt, Syria, Philippines, and Turkey. Sachin has over twelve years of direct involvement in development, testing, and training for accessibility for assistive technology, extensive experience in lecturing and training others in accessible technology. Sachin provides technical assistance on accessible information technology for individuals and groups. He helps in the evaluation of products related to web accessibility and design. He sits on various boards nationally, such as, The Research and Development committee for the National Federation of the Blind, The National Multicultural Council, and Senator Hatchs Advisory board for disability policy. He was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Access Board where he chairs the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Committee. This committee is charged to oversee section 508 refresh. He also chairs the Self-Service Transaction Machines Committee which is responsible to draft technical standards for self-services machines nationally. Sachin aspires to be in the fore-front of establishing and implementing national and international policy that impacts people with disabilities around the world.
Jim Pecht joined the U.S. Access Board in November of 1991 after receiving a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland. One of his first duties was to assist with the rulemaking for the accessibility guidelines under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He then coordinated the work of the Board's Federal Facilities Workgroup, which began the process of revising the accessibility guidelines for Federal facilities covered by the Architectural Barriers Act. He was part of the team that developed the new combined guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act. Jim provides technical assistance to the building design and construction industry, State and Federal agencies, and consumers with disabilities. He has particular responsibility for the administration of the Board's 5200 plus volume technical library on accessibility issues. Jim has been a speaker before many professional and business groups affected by the ADA, including the American Institute of Architects. He has also advised several Federal agencies covered under the ABA and the Rehabilitation Act, including the White House, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Social Security Administration, the Federal Communication Commission, and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Andrew J. Pekarik is Senior Research Analyst in the Smithsonian Institution\'s Office of Policy and Analysis. He began his career as a curator and museum administrator, and for the past 20 years he has been studying visitors in Smithsonian museums. The IPOP theory grew out of this direct experience with visitors and is being developed scientifically in collaboration with James B. Schreiber, a Professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Research at Duquesne University, and former Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Experimental Education and The Journal of Educational Research.
Janet Peters is the Project Coordinator of Accessible Technology, Great Lakes ADA Center. She has 20 years of experience with assistive and accessible technologies for individuals with disabilities. Janet has worked with a wide range of stakeholders to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through the promotion of technology that is accessible to all. She has a B.A. in Computer Science and M.Ed in Learning Technologies from the University of Minnesota.
William Peterson is the Director, Office of Accessible Systems and Technology within the Department of Homeland Security. He has held this position since 2005. In this role he is responsible for providing the DHS vision, leadership, direction, and strategic planning necessary to ensure that DHS information technology systems and data are accessible to employees and customers with disabilities in a manner that complies with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and other Federal Acts, Memorandums, Circulars, Executive Orders, and Presidential Directives dealing with accessible electronic and information technology (EIT).Prior to joining Homeland Security William served as a Program Manager within the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). In this role he was a principle scientific program manager for national and international programs in the areas of biomedical and rehabilitation engineering. He managed the agencys $20 million Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) program and served as program officer for numerous projects pertaining to universal design, accessible technology, and engineering
Ken Petri has directed The Ohio State University Web Accessibility Center since 2005. In his role at the Center, Ken works with IT, administrative, and instructional staff in order to help promote and establish IT accessibility. Recently he has been a part of efforts to develop strategic approaches to accessibility as an institutional priority.
Ronald Pettit is Access Manager for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and is responsible for the Access program for Royal Caribbean's three brands - Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises, with a combined fleet of 33 ships. He is also responsible for a dedicated team of employees who ensure that accommodations are arranged and delivered for guests with disabilities. Pettit worked closely with the Newbuild team to ensure accessibility for two newbuilds according to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and company standards. He managed the accessibility program for a full-ship charter of over 3,800 deaf guests in October 2007. In addition to Access, Pettit is also responsible for two other teams - Luggage and Administration; these three teams include 50 employees. Prior to joining Royal Caribbean in 2006, he spent 17 years at Northwest Airlines. While at Northwest, he was responsible for improving the air travel experience for over 3.3 million annual customers with disabilities and ensuring compliance with the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). Pettit received a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences from Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, MA. He is hard of hearing, and wears two hearing aids.
Laura Plummer, M.A., CRC, ATP, is a Rehabilitation Technologist / Sensory Specialist with the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute at University of Wisconsin-Stout. She conducts assistive technology assessments, coordinates statewide assistive technology outreach projects and serves as the Wistech Director. Ms. Plummer has both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Deafness Rehabilitation Counseling with additional training in deaf blindness. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Assistive Technology Professional. Ms. Plummer primarily works in the areas of hearing and vision loss as well as computer access. Ms. Plummer also takes an active role in learning and using the latest in electronic gadgetry.
George Powers, J.D., works at the Southwest ADA Center, a program of Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) at TIRR Memorial Hermann, as a legal specialist. Powers received his bachelor's degree in speech communications from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center, where he also worked in the Immigration Clinic. In 2014, he was appointed to the City of Houston Transportation Accessibility Task Force to provide policy guidance. Powers' research interests include the application of disability rights legislation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, to the exponentially evolving communication and multimedia technologies.
Elizabeth Priaulx, Attorney at Law National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems As an attorney at the National Association of Protection and Advocacy (P&A), the membership association for the P&As, Ms. Priaulx works within the Training and Advocacy Support Center, a federally funded P&A support center for P&As. In her capacity as the Senior Disability Legal Specialist, Ms. Priaulx provides assistance to P&As related to community integration, with a focus on Medicaid long-term care funding policy and litigation, the implementation of the ADA integration mandate regulation in the states, and enforcement of psychiatric advance directives. She develops teleconferences, training, dockets, and other resources to enhance P&A's ability to advance Medicaid law and promote community integration. Ms. Priaulx is also the Legal Consultant for state mental health divisions who are participating in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's "Mental Health Olmstead Coalition" project. In this capacity, she provides training and legal information to enhance states ability to enforce the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W., which requires states to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. Ms. Priaulx is a person with cerebral palsy and a mental health consumer who has worked since she was a teenager to promote disability self-advocacy and to be a voice in the larger arenas of the disability-rights movement. She began working formally as a disability advocate in 1986, at United Cerebral Palsy Association, providing technical assistance to affiliates related to IDEA and Medicaid funding for assistive technology. Additionally, she worked at the U.S. General Accounting Office preparing a report on the implementation of Title II of the ADA as of 1992 and 1993. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University and a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law at the American University in Washington, D.C.
Kevin Price, MSW ATP is the Assistive Technology Specialist and Chair of the Web Accessibility Committee at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) . He has 18 years of experience in working with assistive and accessible information technology. At UIC, He completes frequent trainings on making PDF files and other file formats accessible for people with disabilities.
Susan Prokop joined the Advocacy Program at Paralyzed Veterans of America in February 1997. The Advocacy Program addresses issues that PVA members encounter outside traditional veterans' programs such as disability rights, transportation, voting accessibility and fair housing challenges. Prior to arriving at PVA, Susan was a health policy analyst with the American Society of Internal Medicine from 1989 to 1997. Before that, she served six years as a legislative staffer with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) where she managed issues of concern to veterans and senior citizens. At PVA, Susan is responsible for issues relating to Social Security, employment and housing. She is a cochair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Employment and Training Task Force and Task Force on Veterans and Military Families.
Jim Raggio, an attorney who has specialized in civil rights for persons with disabilities, became General Counsel at the Access Board in 1989 after 9 years of service as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland. A graduate of Columbia University and New York University, Jim interned with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund before joining the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, where he was instrumental in getting the US Department of Transportation to adopt standards for a low-floor, ramped bus and to issue regulations for access to all modes of public transportation. He also developed an advocacy training program for disability organizations to implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Its syllabus became a national model and was subsequently replicated by the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare's Office of Civil Rights in all 50 states. Mr. Raggio has also been a consultant to the Senior Citizens Law Center and the National Consumer Law Center in Washington, DC.
Anne Raish has been with the Disability Rights Section since 2010, serving as a trial attorney before being appointed as a Deputy Chief. At DOJ, Anne's work has focused on enforcing the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She has worked on a variety of cases involving the unnecessary institutionalization of persons with disabilities, and has worked with states implementing settlement agreements reforming service systems for persons with mental health disabilities. Prior to joining the Civil Rights Division, Anne was a counsel with the New York law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
Adele Rapport, a University of Michigan Law School graduate, is the Associate Regional Attorney for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Detroit. Her office has filed over 75 ADA cases, and has successfully tried four ADA cases to verdict. Ms. Rapport is currently the Public Co-Chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Section CLE Committee and the Chair-Elect for the Executive Board of ATLA's Employment Rights section. Ms. Rapport is also a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Board of Governors and is Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law School where she teaches employment discrimination and disability rights courses.
Maija Renko is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She teaches entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship classes in the undergraduate business and MBA programs of UIC’s College of Business Administration. Her research and teaching interests are focused on the early stages of the entrepreneurial process (entrepreneurial motivation, opportunities and nascent entrepreneurship), social entrepreneurship, and technology entrepreneurship.
Senior Attorney Advisor Americans with Disabilities Act Division Office of Legal Counsel Sharon Rennert is the senior member of the EEOC's ADA Division staff, having joined the Division in January 1992. During 2003, she served as Acting Director of the ADA Division. Ms. Rennert develops the Commission's policy interpretations of the ADA, and has worked on every ADA policy guidance issued by the Commission. She also has worked on many of the Commission's ADA technical assistance documents, including drafting fact sheets on telework as a reasonable accommodation and the ADA's application to job seekers. Ms. Rennert was the key drafter of the EEOC's guidance on reasonable accommodation and offers particular expertise on this central requirement of the ADA. She also specializes in providing employers with practical approaches to ADA compliance. Ms. Rennert regularly consults with EEOC investigators and attorneys on ADA charges and litigation. In addition, she works with EEOC federal sector staff and Administrative Judges on Rehabilitation Act complaints. Ms. Rennert has written and delivered several ADA training programs for EEOC staff, in addition to conducting numerous seminars and workshops for attorneys, human resources professionals, risk management personnel, and persons with disabilities. From 1988 to 1991, Ms. Rennert served as Associate Staff Director of the American Bar Association's Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law. She directed projects on HIV-related legal issues, developing a model HIV/AIDS confidentiality policy for service providers. Before joining the ABA, Ms. Rennert was Assistant Director of Government Liaison for the Epilepsy Foundation of America, concentrating on disability rights issues. Ms. Rennert received her law degree, with honors, from New York University School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. She also received an award for outstanding student law review article for "All Aboard: Accessible Public Transportation for Disabled Persons." Ms. Rennert received her B.A. degree, with highest honors, from the University of California/Berkeley.
Mark Rew is the team lead for the team providing accommodations to individuals with low vision, who are blind, and who have cognitive disabilities within the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP). CAP provides assistive technology to assure that individuals with disabilities and wounded service members have equal access to the IT environment and opportunities of the Department of Defense and other Federal agencies. Mr. Rew's team performs needs assessments to provide the appropriate accommodations for the job requirements. The team purchases the equipment and training free to the individual and free to the agency. Mr. Rew is the Section 508 coordinator for Military Health Systems and supports IT staff with access and interoperability technical issues. Mr. Rew is involved with out reach and education to agencies, vendors, and advocacy groups. CAP has provided over 81,500 accommodations to the Department of Defense and 66 partner agencies. Mr. Rew holds a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Bowie State University. Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP), http://www.cap.mil/
Jan Richards is a Project Manager with the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) at OCAD University. Jan has over 15 years of experience in the field of ICT accessibility as a user interface designer, accessibility consultant, standards developer and project manager. Currently, Jan manages several research and development projects including IDRC's participation in the GIS Project that seeks to increase the accessibility of a wide range of mainstream ICT products for desktop, mobile and web platforms. Jan is also involved with the development of the W3C-WAI Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG 2.0) and User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG 2.0). Jan has consulted on accessibility to numerous public and private sector organizations and is currently involved with the Bell Mobility Accessibility Project. Other previous projects have included the "Mobile Wireless Handset Accessibility Assessment" report for the CRTC and the "Accessible Digital Office Document (ADOD)" project.
Carl is the State House ADA Coordinator at Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Lee Richardson is a Senior Electrical Engineer at NFPA, where he is responsible for NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code; and NFPA 720, Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment. His responsibilities have also included playing an active role in the staffing duties for the Code-Making Panel processing of proposals and comments for recent editions of NFPA 70, National Electrical Code.Mr. Richardson is co-editor of the 2002 & 2007 editions of the National Fire Alarm Code Handbook and the 2010 & 2013 editions of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code Handbook, has written several articles for the NFPA Journal, and is the author of the Fire Alarm Systems chapter of the NFPA Fire and Life Safety Inspection Manual.
Mark Richert serves as the Director of Public Policy for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), the leading national nonprofit to which Helen Keller devoted more than four decades of her extraordinary life. AFB's mission is to expand possibilities for people with vision loss of all ages. Mark is AFB's primary representative before the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch agencies, and he is responsible for the development and implementation of AFB's public policy and policy research agendas. Prior to joining AFB, Mark was the Executive Director of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, the membership organization representing professionals serving children, working-age adults, and seniors with vision loss. Mark is a co-founder of the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) and a co-chair of the Civil Rights and Telecommunications and Technology Task Forces of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). Over the course of his career, Mark has shaped the vision loss community's work in a host of areas. He crafted provisions of copyright law establishing the right to reproduce copyrighted works in specialized formats such as Braille. He spearheaded provisions of the Help America Vote Act ensuring the availability of at least one accessible voting machine in each polling place in America. His advocacy on behalf of children with vision loss led to sweeping improvements in America's special education law guaranteeing each child who is blind or visually impaired the right to timely and effective access to textbooks and related instructional materials. Most recently, Mark and his COAT colleagues achieved enactment of the historic Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, the most comprehensive disability policy signed into law since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. Mark is a graduate of the George Washington University National Law Center and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1993. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
Gary Robb, Executive Director National Center on Accessibility Indiana University 501 North Morton Street - Suite 109 Bloomington, IN 47404-3732 812-856-4422 (Voice) 812-856-4421 (TTY) email@example.com Gary M. Robb is the Executive Director of the National Center on Accessibility and Bradford Woods, Indiana University's Outdoor Center. Gary is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Park Administration, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Indiana University. Working with people with disabilities in recreation environments for more than 30 years, Gary has served on the U.S. Access Board's Regulatory Negotiation Committee for Developed Outdoor Areas, assisting in the development of accessibility guidelines for outdoor recreation environments. Gary has provided national leadership in the development of standards and programs related to golf and people with disabilities. He is currently the first President of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf (located at Indiana University and housed at NCA). The Alliance is a coalition of national organizations including all of the major golf governing bodies in the USA along with Universities and programs providing instruction and other services for golfers with disabilities. Gary holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Utah, and in 1984 was named the distinguished alumni of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services, School of Health from the university.
Elaine Roberts is currently the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc.(DRC), a 501c(3) organization which provides alternative dispute resolution services and training to residents of Montgomery and surrounding counties in Texas. The DRC provides mediation services for a variety of disputes including disability related issues such as employment, education and access disputes. Elaine received her law degree from the University of Houston Law School and has over 20 years of experience as an attorney and mediator of disability related disputes in the private, public and non-profit settings. She was one of the attorneys in the Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line case (Title III cruise line case), is a former managing attorney and legal director for the Texas P&A and served as the Division Manager for the Houston Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. She has previously represented individuals with disabilities who were excluded from Title II or Title III facilities due to the need for service animal assistance in administrative proceedings and mediations. Elaine is a former adjunct professor of disability law at the University of Houston Law Center and instructor on disability access issues for the Texas Municipal Courts Center. She also received the 2013 HPD Neighborhood Hero Award for her assistance in providing visual fire alarms to 1,000 families of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Elaine is also an active member of the State Bar of Texas Disability Issues Committee where she chairs the Communication Access Subcommittee and is on the Homeless and Veterans Issues Subcommittees. She was the Disability Issues Committee liaison for the Boots Law video regarding service animal law in Texas and has assisted in training police officers in the amendments to Chapter 121 of the Texas Human Resources Code dealing with service animals.
Donzell Robinson has done extensive advocacy work for the last 12 years in the area of Americans with disabilities as a Complainant Liaison for the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice. He is currently a professional mediator certified by the Maryland Council of Dispute Resolution and is recognized by the Association of Conflict Resolution (the national industry organization) as a practitioner and trainer. Donzell specializes in workplace, domestic, civil and healthcare mediation as well as mediation training in those areas. His experience includes being appointed a mediator in the Circuit Court of Maryland to mediate issues of custody and visitation, and an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau. Mr. Robinson has provided consultation and training in the areas of disability rights, ADR programs and issues related to developing cultural competence and sensitivity training
A JAWS code developer who is blind, Sue Ann earned a MA in Digital Communication from Metropolitan University and has a background in applying disability-based UX to websites. Sue Ann leads a team of Accessibility Specialists at WeCo who develop disability-based UX test cases and reports which assist clients in making their software and website truly accessible to real people living with disabilities.
Samantha is the Whole Family Project Coordinator and Youth Advocate, The Whole Person, Kansas City at MO
Chip Rogers is in his 5th term in the Georgia Senate and serves as the bodys Majority Leader; having been unanimously elected twice by his Senate Colleagues.Senator Rogers business background includes more than 25 years in real estate investment including multi-family properties and hospitality. Currently he serves as a strategic adviser to the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA).Senator Rogers is nationally recognized for his legislative efforts in reforming education, government transparency, property tax reform, and state spending limitations. He has been awarded Legislator of the Year by more than a dozen organizations including the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity.Senator Rogers earned his Bachelor of Science Degree along with a Certificate of Economics from Georgia Tech. He earned his Masters in Business Administration Degree from Georgia State University.
Howard A. Rosenblum started as the Chief Executive Officer of the NAD in April 2011 and also serves as an ex officio member of the NAD Board of Directors. He comes to the NAD after 22 years as a lawyer, focusing his practice on disability rights and special education law. For 9 years, he was a Senior Attorney at Equip for Equality, the Protection & Advocacy entity for Illinois. The previous ten years, he worked as an associate at Monahan & Cohen, and briefly as a legal counsel at Access Living, the center for independent living in Chicago. In 1997, he founded the Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf, and served as Board Chair until 2011. In 2010 and again in 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Rosenblum to serve on the United States Access Board. Mr. Rosenblum has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law. Born and raised in Chicago, Rosenblum is a diehard fan of Chicago sports teams. He also enjoys traveling the world to meet deaf people in other countries and learning their sign languages.
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Laura Rothstein J.D., Dean and Professor Louis D. Brandeis School of Law University of Louisville The Brandeis School of Law has landed one of the country's foremost experts in the field of disability law to lead the school into the new century. Laura Rothstein succeeding Donald Burnett as dean, who resigned to return to full-time teaching after ten years of distinguished service. During her 26-year legal career, Laura Rothstein has always been on the cutting edge. Although she went to law school because of a keen interest in civil rights, upon graduation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1974, Rothstein landed a job with the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, becoming the first woman ever hired in her section of that division. Rothstein was ready to take on the mantle of being the "first and only," an experience that would repeat itself during her career. Georgetown had provided a solid foundation for Rothstein's work as a groundbreaker. "Georgetown was on the leading edge of diversity; my class was 16% women, one of the best rates in the country at that time. I never felt mistreated at all; it was a totally positive experience." Rothstein, whose parents were schoolteachers, soon decided that a teaching areer held the most promise. Her teaching has taken her to five U.S. law schools, where she has encountered a broad range of situations for women faculty. For five years, she was the only tenure-track female faculty member at West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown. "It's hard to be the only one at the table because you become ï¿½the voice' of the under-represented group, if you are the only, the first, or both." Rothstein took this somewhat daunting situation and turned it into a positive one, developing her own unique leadership style as well as a deep interest in issues of race. She also formed solid alliances with women faculty in other university units and helped build the interdisciplinary Women's Studies Program at West Virginia. After leaving West Virginia in 1986, Rothstein moved, with husband Mark and daughters Julia and Lisa, to Houston, where she settled in for a fifteen-year stay at the University of Houston Law Center. At Houston, Rothstein was one of only eight women in a faculty of fifty; yet she and her female colleagues were able to wield some influence. So what was it about the University of Louisville that lured Rothstein away from her position as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Special Programs at Houston? "The key factor in my coming here was the strong commitment to diversity. It's obvious that the commitment here is real, that it's not just ï¿½lip service.' I want to build on the the ten-year effort of Dean Burnett to attract a diverse faculty, staff, and student body."
Bob (Tree) is currently the Supervisor of Employment Services, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service (VR&E), VA Central Office, Washington, D.C. VR&E provides comprehensive vocational rehabilitation, employment, and independent living services to veterans with disabilities. VR&E Service reported over 11,000 veterans rehabilitated in suitable employment or independent living programs in FY2005. He has been employed since 1980 with VA in many positions: Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, Counseling Psychologist, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Employment Specialist, VR&E Officer and his current position of Supervisor of Employment Services. Tree has worked for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) on two tours of duty in establishing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/Sobriety Living Programs and Incentive Therapy/Compensated Therapy Programs. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and completed his Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1976. Tree is proud that he completed the VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program after leaving active military service. He served as a Radio Operator with the U.S. Army in South Vietnam (1967-1968). Tree has recently completed the national deployment of VA's new service delivery model, 5 Tracks to Employment. The new service delivery model required a year of pilot testing, implementation of new Job Resource Labs, and the development of VR&E's new employment website, www.vetsuccess.gov. The 5 Tracks to Employment Project was budgeted at $4.3 million dollars. In 2005, VR&E Service began implementation of the "Coming Home to Work" Initiative with the goal of providing early vocational intervention and transition services to wounded or injured service members in medical holding companies at eight Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) throughout the country. Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) service members are provided opportunities to participate in volunteer or work experience programs with government agencies during their period of medical convalescence or medical treatment. The program has resulted in wounded or injured service members obtaining valuable career training, work experience, and direct job offers from federal employers. Tree has extensive private sector employment and non-profit facility experience since his graduate education: Goodwill Industries (Program Coordinator), Crawford Rehabilitation Inc. (Vocational Consultant) and Behavior Corp (Mental Health Agency Case Manager). In addition, he has contracted with School Districts (Special Education), U.S. Department of Labor (OWCP), and Social Security Office of Hearings & Appeals (Vocational Expert). 97 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/ Supervisor
Dr. Rowland is the Associate Director at the CPD. She directs several grants that focus on the use of technology and the preparation of personnel. She is the Executive Director of WebAIM (Keeping Web Accessibility In Mind)which offers training, technical assistance, and services to make the Web a more accessible place for individuals who have disabilities. Dr. Rowland is extensively involved in the National Center for Disability and Access to Education where she is the Technology Director. She is the Principle Investigator of 2 federally funded projects. One explores issues of cognitive disability and Web design. This OSERS Steppingstones project is developing a suite of tools to add to the popular WAVE evaluator to assist in the evaluation of the cognitive load of a webpage. The other project is funded by FIPSE to develop self-study and other materials suitable for institutions of higher education and accreditation bodies to assist in the continuous improvement of their web accessibility efforts. Dr. Rowland chairs both the Website Committee and the International Committee at the Center for Persons with Disabilities. She is also the Director of KSAR, an award-winning media production facility (winner of 15 Telly Awards).
Hannah Rudstam is the Northeast ADA Center's Director of Training. After completing her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin---Madison, Hannah worked as a program planner and evaluator at the Royal Adult Learning Academy in Stockholm, Sweden. Back in the U.S., she became a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Wisconsin, researching a state-wide health risk prevention program in Wisconsin. After re-locating in the upstate New York area, she took a position as a Senior Organizational Development Consultant at United Technologies and then at Eagle Consultants in Syracuse. In this capacity, she designed tools for hiring, performance management and employee development systems. Also, she developed a turnover prevention program that has been adopted by a number of national and global organizations. In 2005, she took a position as Senior Extension Faculty with the Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She has primarily worked for the Northeast ADA Center (formerly known as DBTAC) project and has designed and implemented programs on a broad range of topics related to disability and employment. Most recently, she has focused her work on researching the role of face-to-face leaders in disability inclusive workplaces and on preparing employers for a workforce that includes veterans with disabilities.
Debra Ruh is the Founder and CEO of TecAccess, the leading provider of accessible Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for the worldï¿½s largest and fastest growing minority group - People with Disabilities, Baby Boomers and Wounded Warriors. Debra created TecAccess in 2001. She has grown the organization into a profitable multi-million dollar company and it is the most awarded provider of professional (Internet, Communication and Technology) ICT accessibility testing, training and remediation. Known for creating targeted and cost-effective solutions that impact an organizationï¿½s bottom line, TecAccess has proven a measurable business value of reaching this untapped demographic. By making your business vehicles fully accessible and usable to all (including websites, social media, telecommunications, hardware, software, eLearning, HR Online systems, kiosks, point-of-sale and other technology), TecAccess effectively turns what could potentially be a legal pitfall into a marketplace advantage.
S. Antonio Ruiz-Quintanilla is currently a Senior Research Associate with the Program on Employment and Disability, New York School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University and Director and Principal Investigator of the Disability Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) - Northeast. He has held research and teaching positions in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France, Japan, and the U.S. Current research efforts includes a project identifying demographic patterns and trends using EEOC data on charges filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, a study using person-centered practices to facilitate the successful re-entry of inmates with special needs into the community, and a study to assess the characteristics and proficiency of students with disabilities over time and across states, and better understand the relationship between proficiency and state-level, school-level and student-level characteristics. He has written over 50 articles and chapters, which were published in Journals including Social Security Bulletin, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Occupational Psychology, Human Resource Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Business Strategy and the Environment. His book publications include two co-edited books with Wiley.
Deb Russell was selected by Walgreens Company to manage its Career Outreach Department in 2006. This department oversees the company's commitment to have one third of the workforce in its latest and all future distribution centers consist of qualified individuals with disabilities. The first of these centers opened in January 2007. Ms. Russell has advised and monitored the efforts in order to disseminate lessons that are learned. Walgreen Company is the nation's largest drugstore chain and the 7th largest retailer. Fortune Magazine ranks Walgreens as the 45th largest company in America and it employs over 200,000 people. Deb's background includes working in the field of employment of people with disabilities for more than 15 years. These experiences include being a Special Education Teacher, job coach, job developer, director of a job development program, manager of systems change projects at the state level and now addressing issues related to people with disabilities within the workforce investment system. She has presented nationally on topics related to the employment of people with disabilities.
Joseph Russo Deputy Commissioner of Compliance Mayors Office for People with Disabilities City of Chicago Prior to joining the City of Chicago Joseph Russo had spent 13 years with the US Department of Justice as a Senior Trial Attorney and Supervisory Attorney in the Civil Rights Division. During this time he was involved in several high profile issues including overseeing compliance during the construction of facilities used in the 1996 Olympic Games, settlement agreement with the Empire State Building and addressing the accessibility of the AMC Theatre chain and issues associated with stadium style seating. After leaving DOJ Joseph spent 2 years as the Chief of the Disability Rights Bureau in the Illinois Attorney General's Office. As Deputy Commissioner of Compliance Joseph oversees the Accessibility Compliance Unit which is responsible for reviewing compliance with applicable accessibility codes during the building permit process and assisting business and other entities within the city in their compliance with various disability rights laws. In addition, he is overseeing the updating of the City of Chicago's Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan and serves as in-house counsel for the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.
John P.S. Salmen, AIA, president of Universal Designers & Consultants Inc., and publisher of the Universal Design Newsletter, is a licensed architect who has specialized in barrier free and universal design for more than 30 years. Salmen is an expert in the technical aspects of US accessibility regulations and an international leader in the field of Universal Design. He testified during the development of the ADA, represented the American Hotel and Lodging Association and the American Institute of Architects on the ADAAG Review Committee and has been a voting member of the ANSI A117 Committee for over 10 years. Salmen is a recognized leader in the emerging field of Universal Design. He is a member of the Global Universal Design Commission. For over 5 years he has served as an advisor to the Universal Design Education Project, and is on the Advisory Board for the Center for Universal Design. He served as a commissioner on the Montgomery County Maryland Commission on People with Disabilities and sponsored the 1998 international conference on universal design: Designing for the 21st Century. John feels himself fortunate to be able to be passionate about his job.
Sarah Von Schrader has been with the disability employment institute, School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University since June of 2009. She is currently working as a research associate for the New York Mix Work Pay Medicaid Infrastructure Grant and she is focused on creating a conceptual model for craft agency database of service delivery and demographic characteristics of persons with disability. She is also involved in a project using the US employment, Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions, integrated admission system to evaluate employment discrimination outcomes. Prior to coming to Cornell, she was involved in multiple research projects primarily in the area of educational testing and health policy and management. After receiving her Master's degree, she spent three years as a senior research assistant in Health Services Research and Development Center at Bloomberg School of Public Health at John Hopkins. She has her PhD from the University of Iowa and her dissertation research explores the use of cognitive diagnosis models with achievement test data.
Marsha S. Schwanke, Web Developer, CTRS, has eight years experience designing, programming, testing and managing content-rich, database-driven web applications that maximize accessibility and usability based on "best practices" research and established guidelines, such as the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Section 508. She is currently responsible for the development, content management, and support of five webcourses and the web projects of the DBTAC: Southeast ADA Center - A Project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. Marsha has a Bachelors Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Ohio University and a Masters Degree in Information Technology from American Intercontinental University. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) with over twenty years experience as a manager and practitioner working with children and adults with disabilities in hospital and community settings. Since 1995, she has authored and facilitated numerous trainings on disability awareness, web accessibility, and assistive technology.
Paul Schwartz, M.S., ATP, RET, CPE is a Rehabilitation Engineer and the Assistive Technology Manager for the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI) at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Paul is originally from Pennsylvania and received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Penn State University and a M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio University. Paul thesis involved researching the design interface for the TouchTalker, an augmentative communication device. He is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), a certified Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist (RET) and a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE). He provides job and home site accommodations, computer access and ergonomics services to industry, state agencies, educational systems, insurance companies and individuals. In addition, he has taught graduate level courses on ergonomics, assistive technology and computer applications in rehabilitation. He has also trained assistive technology professionals nationwide. Mr. Schwartz has been a frequent presenter and faculty at Closing the Gap, CSUN and RESNA. Mr. Schwartz is the past chair of RESNA's Special Interest Group in Job Accommodations and Employment Issues and served for seven years on RESNA's Professional Standards Board. He is a current member of RESNA's Board of Directors. He has worked for SVRI for over 19 years, and prior to that, he worked in product design for Semantic Compaction Systems and Prentke Romich.
Mike Scott is an assistive technology and accessibility specialist, currently focusing his efforts on improving the accessibility of information systems for people with disabilities. Mike works with a wide range of public- and private-sector clients to help assess the accessibility of existing systems, design and develop new accessible systems, and train staff on how to successfully implement accessibility in system design and development. Mike has spearheaded many accessibility initiatives, including development of the Illinois Web Accessibility Standards and the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act.
Earlene Sesker, a psychology graduate of the University of Texas, began her career with the Access Board in 1993 in the Office of Compliance and Enforcement, where she managed Federal agency accessibility cases brought under the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968. She currently serves as an Accessibility Specialist responsible for technical assistance to Federal, state, and local governments and private sector entities regarding the requirements of the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Prior to joining the Office of Technical and Information Services, she worked on access issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Earlene was part of the staff rulemaking team responsible for developing guidelines for recreational facilities.
Judy Shanley, Ph.D. is the Assistant Vice President, Education & Youth Transition Co-Director, FTA, National Center for Mobility Management and provides technical assistance, manages Federal grants, and develops products regarding accessible transportation. Shanley developed a curriculum for educators, families, human services, and transit to facilitate knowledge and skill around transportation education. Her work focuses on ensuring that students with disabilities are able to use a range of transportation options to support their access to employment, higher education, and community living. She serves as Project Director of national centers, funded by the US Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, and the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living – which address inclusive coordinated transportation systems and mobility management. Prior to Easter Seals, Shanley worked at the U.S Department of Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. and a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, both from Syracuse University.
Ms. Siegel has specialized in arts and disability issues for over 30 years starting at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and now as Director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She oversees national and international disability, arts and education programs including the VSA Network of organizations engaging in disability arts and education and the LEAD (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) network of cultural arts administrators addressing access to cultural experiences. She is a respected expert and speaker on topics related to disability rights, compliance with disability laws and regulations, the arts and disability, and to accessibility to cultural programs and venues for individuals of all ages with disabilities. Ms. Siegel obtained her JD in 2009 from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University and is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Mr. Silverstein has over 30 years experience analyzing complex public policy issues and developing comprehensive, innovative, and common-sense legislative and regulatory solutions that meet the divergent needs of multiple stakeholders. Mr. Silverstein gained considerable experience negotiating and drafting bipartisan, consensus legislation while serving in various staff capacities in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate, including serving as staff director and chief counsel for the Subcommittee on Disability Policy of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources (currently the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions). Mr. Silverstein was the behind-the-scenes architect of more than 20 bills enacted into law, including the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Silverstein has written several peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 75 papers and articles on public policy issues, from a disability perspective. He has presented keynote speeches before national and state organizations and trained leaders and others in more than 40 states regarding various public policy issues and the policymaking process. Mr. Silverstein is the recipient of more than 10 national awards, including the Distinguished Services Award of the President of the United States. From 1997-2000, he served as an Associate Professor of Health Care Sciences, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Mr. Silverstein earned his BS in Economics, cum laude, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He received his JD in 1974 from Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Silverstein is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia Bar. Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville is a Washington, DC-based law firm that focuses on health care, education and the law of tax-exempt organizations.
Jennifer Skulski is Director of Marketing and Special Projects for NCA. Over the last thirteen years, Jennifer has provided technical assistance and training to the private sector, state and local governments, advocates and consumers on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Jennifer has previously served as the Director of Education for NCA and Associate Director for the Great Lakes Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center, one of the 10 centers (DBTAC's) throughout the United States, providing technical assistance and training on the ADA. Jennifer has diverse expertise in ADA employment regulations, Title 2 implementation, accessibility standards, universal design, access to playgrounds and outdoor recreation environments. She has also served as ADA Coordinator of the Rockford (Illinois) Park District. There, she trained park district staff on accessibility issues, assisted the municipality with prioritizing accessibility improvements, and facilitated the District's barrier removal citizens advisory committee. She has developed several distance learning programs through satellite, video conferencing, and web streaming. She has also developed staff training materials including an accessibility handbook, inclusion manual and resource guides for park and recreation professionals. Jennifer is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector and a member of the ASTM F0.8 Committee on Playground Surfaces. Jennifer is a graduate of Indiana University.
Jared Smith is the Associate Director of WebAIM. He is a highly demanded presenter and trainer and has provided web accessibility training to thousands of developers throughout the world. With a degree in Marketing/Business Education, a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology, and over 16 years experience working in the web design, development, and accessibility field, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that is used to help others create and maintain highly accessible web content.