The Global Accessibility Symposium was held at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA on May 17th. During the day, Lights! Camera! Access! (LCA) held the Executive Leadership Roundtable, facilitated by the Honorable Tony Coelho, author of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
LCA Roundtable included:
- Frances West, Founder of Frances West Company, Speaker, Author, Former IBM Chief Accessibility Officer
- Eve Andersson, Director of Google AI, Leading Efforts in Accessibility and ML Fairness
- Kamini Dandapani, Senior Director of Engineering, LinkedIn
- Susan Mazrui, Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T Services, Inc.
- Chet Cooper, Founder, ABILITY Magazine, abilityJOBS, and ABILITY Job Fair
- Kelly Hargreaves, Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Rehabilitation
- Deborah Kaplan, Founder of Enterprise Accessibility
- Nick Lum, Founder, BeeLine Reader
- Paul Hippolitus, Director of Employment and Disability Benefits Initiative (EDBI) World Institute on Disability, Former Director, Disabled Students’ Program, University of California, Berkeley
- Sue Sawyer, President California Transition Alliance
- Ann Bui, Program Director CFILC
- Jason E. Squire, Professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts, and Editor, The Movie Business Book
- Anne Hinton, Co-Chair of the SF Technology Council
- Kyla Aquino Irving, Communications and Marketing Manager, YO! Disabled & Proud, program of the CA Foundation of Independent Living Centers
- Katherine Perez, Director, The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation
- Marc Grossman, Employment Specialist, SF Lighthouse for the Blind
- Ryan Easterly, Executive Director, WITH Foundation
- Tari Hartman Squire EIN SOF Communications, Founder, Disability Media Transition Alliance and Lights! Camera! Access!
- Anne Cohen, Founder, Disability Health Access, Founder, Disability Media Transition Alliance
The discussion was on collaborative strategies to move the disability-inclusive needle in relation to recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting workers with disabilities—moving conversation into action. To make meaningful change, Coehlo asserted the need to break down “silos” by organizations and work together toward greater employment outcomes. Collaboration is key—banding together for systemic change.
It’s in the fabric of ABILITY Magazine, abilityJOBS and ABILITY Job Fair to collaborate—we look forward to work with this wide array of organizations. #breakdownsilos