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a11y@HHS: Technology Accessibility and Inclusion Conference


Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Doors open at 8 AM.


The FDA White Oak Campus at 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993. Some sessions will be available via Webinar with captions, however in-person attendance is strongly encouraged as the intent is to build the Section 508 community at HHS.


The “a11y@HHS” conference is the first of its kind for Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), blending inclusion with accessibility of electronic & information technology. The conference is expected to draw more than 300 people to presentation sessions, visit the exhibit hall, and network with industry partners and government peers concerning accessibility and inclusion. This premiere conference strives to open a dialog surrounding best-practices by professionals and consumers involved with the many aspects of technology and disability. Sessions will cover acquisitions planning, emerging assistive technologies, web accessibility, enterprise accessibility compliance monitoring, technology/methods for workplace inclusion and education, legal ramifications, aspects of accessible conferences, and experiences of people with disabilities in the HHS workforce. Please view the a11y@HHS Technology and Accessibility Conference agenda for specific program information.


The Conference is focused on HHS and its Operating Divisions, however we encourage government-wide and industry participation. We are interested in your experience, as it is that experience that will help broaden our community.


The Conference will bring together leaders across HHS, as well as government-wide. Invitees include:

  • Hon. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (via video)
  • Frank Baitman, HHS CIO
  • Craig Luigart, Chair, Federal CIO Council Accessibility Committee
  • Timothy Creagan, US Access Board
  • Helen Chamberlain, GSA Government-wide 508 Program Manager
  • Deborah Kaplan, Social Security Administration
  • Dick Stapleton, Deputy Director, HHS Web Communications Division
  • Jaime Robinson and Mark Urban, HHS Section 508 Program Team Co-Chairs
  • And many others!


HHS encourages full participation by employees and members of the public with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please send an email no later than April 19th to a11y508@hhs.gov. Please provide your name, contact information, and the nature of your request.

We look forward to your attendance at the event. Register now at http://a11yhhs.eventbrite.com.

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