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Apple's Jeff Bigham, incapacity rights lawyer, Have Girma, creator Sara Hendren, and others to affix Sight Tech World

We recently announced the first ten sessions for Sight Tech Global, a virtual event from December 2-3, where the world's best technologists come together to discuss how AI-based technologies are revolutionizing the future of accessibility. We are happy to announce three more sessions today. Registration is free and open now.

Design for everyone: Accessibility Innovation at Apple
Apple has long viewed accessibility as a fundamental design principle. In addition to creating some of the most popular consumer products in history, Apple created some of the most powerful tools of all time. Apple's Sarah Herrlinger and Jeffrey Bigham will discuss the latest in accessibility technology from Apple and how the company is promoting a culture of innovation, empowerment and inclusion.

Sarah Herrlinger, Senior Director of Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives, Apple
Jeffrey Bigham, Head of Research, AI / ML Accessibility Research, Apple
Moderator: Matthew Panzarino, Editor-in-Chief of TechCrunch

Invent the accessible future, through collaboration or in court
When technologists create exciting new innovations, those designs rarely include blind people. Proponents urge us to use a variety of strategies, from education to litigation, to ensure accessibility is built into all future technologies. Harvard Law's first deafblind graduate, haben Girma, the disability rights attorney, Lainey Feingold, and the president of the International Digital Publishing Forum, George Kerscher, will discuss strategies for creating a future for the blind, including black, indigenous and colored people , is fully accessible.

Have girma, Disability Rights Attorney, spokesperson and author of haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
Lainey Feingold, Disability Rights Attorney and Author of Structured Negotiations: A Successful Alternative to Lawsuits
George Kerscher, Chief Innovations Officer of the DAISY consortium, Senior Advisor of the Global Education and Literacy Group of Benetech and President of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
Host: Megan Rose Dickey, Senior Reporter at TechCrunch

What can a body do? How we meet the built world
Technologists love to imagine how their work will affect people, but this is no substitute for really knowing the real impact on life or better understanding what people, especially people with disabilities, really think of their surroundings and their community expect. What can a body do in her recent book? Professor and Designer Sara Hendrens "The aim … is not to throw cold water on innovation; it is about re-centering the people behind the tools that need to work with their environment. Their adaptations are at least as wonderful as the technology who helps them. "(Katy Waldman, in her New York review)

Sara Hendren, Associate Professor, Olin College
Moderator: Will Butler, Vice President, Be My Eyes

Be ready for more sessions and outbreaks in early November. In the meantime, registration is open. Get your pass today!

Sight Tech Global looks forward to hearing from potential sponsors. We are grateful to the current sponsors Amazon, Ford, Google, Humanware, Microsoft, Mojo Vision, Salesforce, Waymo and Wells Fargo. All sponsorship proceeds go to the non-profit Vista Center for the blind and visually impaired, which has been operating in Silicon Valley for 75 years.

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