Speakers

We’ll be announcing more talks, as well as a call for speakers in the coming weeks. Consider submitting a talk.

Chancey Fleet

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@ChanceyFleet

Chancey Fleet is a Brooklyn-based accessibility advocate. Fleet coordinates technology education programs at the New York Public Library's Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. Her current library-based projects include group workshops highlighting mobile technologies for independent living and information literacy; programs introducing youth and adults to non-visual techniques for coding and making with Arduino; and the Dimensions project (a recipient of NYPL’s 2016 Innovation Grant for staff projects), which equips community members with the training and tools they need to create accessible tactile maps, diagrams, graphics and objects. Chancey was recognized as a 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. In her Data & Society fellowship work in 2018-2019, Chancey hopes to deepen public understanding and spark widespread curiosity about how cloud-connected accessibility tools enhance or undermine digital equity, autonomy, security, and privacy.

Alastair Somerville

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@Acuity_Design

Alastair Somerville is a Sensory Design Consultant. He works with government agencies, museums and charities in the design of wayfinding systems and the design of public spaces for people with a range of physical and cognitive capacities. Working with new research in perception and new technologies, like VR and 3d printing, he works with people with lived experience to create practical solutions to make places welcoming and accessible to all.

Thea Kurdi

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@tkurdi

Vice President, DesignABLE Environments Inc.

Thea Kurdi is an accessibility specialist and dynamic speaker known for her enthusiasm for teaching. She has presented workshops, keynote addresses and lectures at local and international events for design professionals, building owners, and policymakers. From the human rights code to evidence-based design and increased marketability, Kurdi shares her passion for how accessibility is fundamental to successful architecture. (edited)

Makoto Ueki

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@mak_en

Web Accessibility Consultant in Japan. Makoto has been contributing to the JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) Working Group and W3C AG (Accessibility Guidelines) Working Group (currently working on the Silver task force) as a web accessibility expert. And he was a chairman of the Web accessibility Committee in Japan (WAIC) from 2012 to 2019. He is the first Japanese who got cerrtified as the IAAP's Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA). He is also a watcher of the accessibility in the real life and is sharing the photos of the accessible design stuff on Twitter.

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