Digital Accessibility Legal Update (and more) at CSUN 2018

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This post is about Lainey Feingold’s talks at the 2018 CSUN conference. Lainey will present a legal update to share news about legal developments affecting disabled people’s right to use websites and other tech. Lainey will repeat the update so everyone who wants to listen can. The update will be offered three times.  Lainey will also do a different talk with lawyer Sue Boyd from Microsoft.  Microsoft is a leader in including people with disabilities in its technology. Lainey and Sue will talk about best practices. These practices help make sure disabled people can use websites, mobile apps, and other tech. If you cannot read the schedule in this post, please contact Lainey for the information.  [Back to top of this post]

[Post-CSUN news:  Check out the post-CSUN articles about the Legal Update and the session  I did with Microsoft about staying in front of legal trends  for links to slides and more details from the presentation.] Want to know what’s happening in the digital accessibility legal space? I’m happy to let attendees of the 33rd annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference know that I will be offering the Digital Accessibility Legal update three times at this year’s conference.

This will be one presentation repeated three times so everyone who wants to attend can!

I am also excited to be co-presenting a fourth session (not the legal update) with Sue Boyd, an Assistant General Counsel in Microsoft’s Regulatory Affairs group who leads a legal and policy team focused on accessibility. Sue and I will be talking about best practices for staying ahead of the curve when it comes to accessibility.

Important: Only one of my CSUN sessions is included in the official schedule. Please share this post so everyone who wants to attend can.

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Schedule for the Digital Accessibility Legal Update at #CSUNATC18

Repeating sessions of the 2018 CSUN Legal Update will be offered as follows:

  • Wednesday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. in Seaport Ballroom F (Deque suite) 2nd Floor Seaport Tower
  • Wednesday, March 21 at 2:20 p.m. in Seaport Ballroom A (Level Access suite) 2nd Floor Seaport Tower
  • Thursday, March 22 at 3:20 in Seaport Ballroom B (VFO suite) 2nd Floor Seaport Tower

Schedule for the “Beyond Compliance” session with Microsoft

  • Thursday, March 22 at 10:00 in Seaport Ballroom H (Microsoft Suite) 2nd Floor Seaport Tower.This new CSUN session titled “Beyond Compliance: Staying Out in Front of Digital Accessibility Legal Trends,” will be a lively discussion with Microsoft lawyer Sue Boyd and Lainey Feingold about best practices that keep pace – and outpace — current legal developments in the accessibility space. Back to top

    More about Lainey Feingold’s CSUN Sessions

    Legal Update Sessions

    The Digital Accessibility Legal Update, offered annually by Lainey Feingold for the past many years, is a lightening review of (pretty much) everything happening in the digital accessibility legal space. Regulations, administrative activity, structured negotiation and other settlements, and of course, the explosion of lawsuits impacting accessibility.

    Does it matter that the Department of Justice killed the web regulations? What’s happening in the courts? What about Department of Education OCR (Office of Civil Rights) activities? And most importantly, what best practices for digital accessibility can organizations in the public, private, and education sectors adopt to both limit legal risk and embrace a culture of accessibility.

    Accessibility is a civil right of disabled people. Come learn to think about the law as a motivator for good, not as a hammer of fear.

    “Beyond Compliance” Session with Microsoft’s Sue Boyd

    Microsoft is an international leader in accessibility and I’m thrilled to be doing this session that will explore best practices to stay ahead of the legal curve. If you’re not familiar with Microsoft’s important work in the accessibility space, a good place to start is this article by Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie titled Hitting Refresh on Accessibility.

    And to understand how Microsoft’s accessibility commitment starts at the top, I also recommend CEO Satya Nadella’s fascinating book, Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone, available at bookstores, online and on Bookshare, an accessible online library for people with print disabilities.

    Come share ideas on how to embed accessibility thinking in your organization’s culture. The law can play a role, but it should not be a limiting one.

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Other Law Sessions at CSUN

The CSUN Assistive Technology Conference is the largest gathering of its kind and a not-to-be-missed experience for those interested in technology, digital access, and disability rights. Other sessions focusing on the legal side of things include the following.

  • On Wednesday morning Bank of America lawyer Erica Murphy will present Title III of the ADA and Its Applicability to Financial Institutions. Erica will be talking about the “example of Bank of America’s solution to assist visually impaired borrowers access mortgage documents,” something we worked together on in Structured Negotiation.Bank of America has long been an accessibility leader. The company even brought a Talking ATM to the CSUN conference in Los Angeles in 2002 and 2003 after a its first successful Structured Negotiation!
  • On Friday morning Tim Springer and Kristina Launey will be presenting their annual ADA and the Internet – Legal Update.Kristina Launey is one of the lawyers behind the Seyfarth Shaw ADA Title III News and Insights blog, a source of information about the metrics of digital accessibility lawsuits (among other things).
  • The conference has a full Law and Policy track with many great presentations (and presenters). You can search for Law and Policy track sessions here.

Please remember that only Lainey’s Wednesday morning legal update is listed in the conference schedule. Please share this post to help spread the word about the other sessions that are not listed.

I’m grateful to the sponsors who have generously opened their rooms so anyone who wants to attend the legal update can.

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