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The ADA at 30 - Disability Rights and the Digital Future: A conversation with Sharron Rush and Lainey Feingold
For close to 25 years the US Justice Department, the courts, and negotiated settlement agreements have broadly applied the Americans with Disabilities Act to websites and more recently to mobile applications and other technologies. As digital resources become more critical to participation in the modern world of remote working, learning, civic engagement and socializing, what does the future hold for digital inclusion?

Sharron Rush, Executive Director of the Austin-based digital accessibility advocacy, consulting, and training organization Knowbility, will discuss the legal aspects of digital accessibility with disability rights lawyer, author, and public speaker Lainey Feingold. The two are friends and colleagues and the discussion promises to be enlightening, engaging, and informative.

Intended Audience: Private Businesses/Agencies/Organizations

Session Length:
1 1/2 hours including Q and A

Real time captioning will be provided for this session. ZOOM is accessible for users of assistive technology. If you need other accommodations or have questions, email gcpd@gov.texas.gov or call 512-463-5740.

Jul 8, 2020 02:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Lainey Feingold
Disability Rights Lawyer @Law office of Lainey Feingold
Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer, an author, and a public speaker and trainer. She has worked in the digital accessibility legal space since the mid-1990s and negotiated the first web accessibility agreement in the country (with Bank of America) in 2000. Lainey's book about her work in digital accessibility is Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. It tells stories of how blind people and their lawyers use civil rights laws and collaboration to advance accessibility through relationship building and problem-solving instead of with conflict and expense. Lainey does talks and training on collaboration, digital accessibility, and the civil rights of disabled people. She has been named an American Bar Association (ABA) Legal Rebel and was twice selected as a California Lawyer of the Year. More on her website at http://LFLegal.com, and on Twitter at @LFLegal.
Sharon Rush
Executive Director @Knowbility
Sharron Rush is the award winning co-founder and Executive Director of Knowbility, a nonprofit advocacy, consulting, and training company based in Austin Texas. Since 1998, Sharron has been a leader in raising awareness and skills around the issue of access to technology for people with disabilities. Her work at Knowbility includes policy review, performance analysis, technical consultation, and training development for private and public companies, government agencies, and schools. Her technical expertise, understanding of the barriers faced by people with disabilities, and strong communication and training skills have contributed to her leadership position in the field. Since 2007, she has served as an Invited Expert at the W3C, developing and applying global accessibility standards for their Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). In 2014 she became co-chair of the Education and Outreach Working Group at WAI.