Peter Blanck, BBI Chairman & University Professor at Syracuse University will moderate a panel discussion at the Digital Accessibility Legal Summit 2021, October 7-8, 2021. The panel is titled: “Discovery: Understanding Impacts of Ableism, and Increasing Diversity in Digital Development Environments.” Dr. Blanck will lead discussion about the development environment and processes for websites and other digital content, as part of the groundwork for discovery in website accessibility litigation. Questions to be addressed include: “Why does development fail to properly address accessibility?” The panel will explore concepts such as ableism in corporate culture, as well as designer psychology, motivation, and education/training. Where shortcomings are found, the panel will discuss methods for building a more inclusive development environment.
The Legal Summit will be attended by Digital accessibility professionals, including consultants and consultancy representatives providing audits, testing and other expertise for legal responses; Legal practitioners and counsel, Legal resource providers, including those providing research and information services, journals, and practical guidance; Enterprise IT program managers, including those overseeing development, governance, and those addressing organizational risk; Accessibility program managers; Diversity program managers, including human resource and training professionals seeking to improve inclusion in their organizations; Government personnel, including federal and state officials working on legislation and enforcement of applicable laws and regulations; Academics, including professors and researchers seeking to advance education and foster knowledge-sharing in accessibility and legal fields; Students, including those seeking to gain insights into knowledge at the intersection of the digital accessibility and legal fields.
The Burton Blatt Institute (“BBI”) at Syracuse University reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. Through program development, research, and public policy guidance, BBI advances the full inclusion of people with disabilities. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, a pioneering disability rights scholar. BBI has offices in Syracuse, NY; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; New York City, NY; and Lexington, KY. bbi.syr.edu