Jared M. Spool is a Maker of Awesomeness at Center Centre – UIE. Center Centre is the school he started with Leslie Jensen-Inman to create industry-ready User Experience Designers in Chattanooga, TN. He started working in the field of usability and user experience in 1978, before the term’s “usability” and “UX” were ever associated with computers. In the 43 years he’s been in the tech field, he’s worked with hundreds of organizations, written two books, published hundreds of articles and podcasts, and tours the world speaking to audiences everywhere.
BECAUSE ACCESSIBILITY IS FOR EVERYONE
Signal Centers wants to welcome you to our Accessibility Awareness Series. Kick-starting on
Global Accessibility Awareness Day,
our four-week, free webinar series will cover exciting new technological advances in the world of accessibility. We will also be visiting issues facing individuals with disabilities and how these issues can be addressed with technology. For more information on each panel, view the descriptions below. We hope to see you at one or all of our free presentations!
May 21, 2020
Moving from Disability Accommodation to Universal Design - 1:00p EST
Designing for accessibility started as a medical accommodation. People with disabilities needed special tools and materials so they could operate in the world, just like abled people. If those individuals couldn’t be fixed, we would create accommodations for them to make them equal.
However, in recent years, we’ve changed how we think about design for people with disabilities. We no longer believe they are the ones needing fixing. Instead, we need to think of our designs as being more flexible. We need the design to adapt to differences from one user to the next. We must reduce the necessity for special accommodation, but instead design our products and services to be adaptable to individual differences, no matter how varied.
Creating a Culture of Accessibility - 2:15p EST
Having the necessary tools and practices in place, along with a creative and unique plan for the utilization of those resources, can provide opportunities for increased independence. The presenters will share examples of what this looks like in practice and will discuss both building that organizational mindset along with the prerequisite systems change that must be present in order for such efforts to succeed.
May 28, 2020
Technology in the Workplace - 1:00p EST
As a professional with personal experience of using assistive technology (AT) that has structured everyday living and working, Liz will spend this time to reflect back, look forward and share anecdotes along with some valuable lessons learned.
Using multiple technological outlets throughout the transition process provides opportunities for independence for individuals with disabilities. This session will explore specific AT strategies and solutions and provide examples of how the range of AT can be used at work.
A.I. and Emerging Technology - 2:15p EST
Our panelists will look at the current state of prosthetics and orthotics as well as how artificial intelligence will propel accessible technology into the future. Our panelists will approach this conversation from two vastly different perspectives: from the development side and from the clinician side.
June 4, 2020
Accessible Media Platforms - 1:00p EST
Long gone are the days of having to walk across a room and turn a dial to watch what you want on TV. Technology has improved vastly over the years, providing solutions for independent access to news and entertainment on many different devices.
With many people retreating to the safety of their homes, the risk of becoming socially isolated and detached is drastically increased. Access to these informative and entertaining platforms is more important than ever. Join Ben Jacobs as he details the various platforms and solutions available for accessible control of your TV, cable box, video game console, gaming PC, smartphone, and more.
Voice Technology and Accessibility - 2:15p EST
How is voice technology and its underlying AI changing our world? From mainstream platforms like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung Bixby, to an explosion of new entrants from numerous voice and AI companies you’ve never heard of, voice has emerged as a valuable new way to interact with technology,
causing an evolution in every industry in existence to accelerate. Bradley Metrock, CEO of Nashville-based Score Publishing, executive producer of Project Voice (the #1 event in the voice/AI space) and host of the popular podcast This Week In Voice, joins us to speak about how voice tech has been a boon for accessibility, not just in healthcare where there have been shocking developments, but in other sectors such as automotive, banking, publishing, hospitality, and more.
June 11, 2020
Universal Design Roundtable - 1:00p EST
How can we make sure that the types of media we design are universally accessible by all, regardless of ability? Our panelists will discuss what universal design looks like in a modern landscape, the benefit of designing with users of all abilities in mind, and finally, how to begin designing universally.
Accessibility Trends - 2:15p EST
The presenters will discuss the trends and challenges of staying connected in the workplace, in education, and in other environments during the COVID-19 crisis. This session will also take a look at the general trends in assistive technology in 2020.
Liz Persaud is a nationally recognized keynote, public speaker, and advocate addressing the need to build bridges and solidify the gaps between individuals living with and without disabilities. Liz currently serves as the Program and Outreach Manager for Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program, and the Pass It On Center, The National Assistive Technology Device Reutilization Coordination and Technical Assistance Center, at the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation within the College of Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Daniel Ryan is Head of Technology at Ragtag, a company that organizes tech volunteers for civic engagement. Previously Daniel was the Director of Front-end Development for President Obama’s 2012 election campaign. Managing a team of two dozen, he oversaw the development of the online tools and technology that helped raised $690m online, recruited hundreds of thousands volunteers, and registered over 1 million voters. Under Daniel’s leadership the campaign employed a multi-screen strategy producing the first responsive website in US presidential campaign history.
Dr. Leslie Jensen-Inman is a Co-CEO of Center Centre/UIE. In 2016, with Jared M. Spool, she opened Center Centre, a new design school in Chattanooga, TN to develop the next generation of industry-ready User Experience (UX) Designers. They created a revolutionary approach to vocational training, infusing Leslie’s 25+years of design experience and 15 years of experiencebased learning methodologies with Jared’s four decades of UX experience. Leslie speaks internationally and writes on topics such as women in design and technology, accessibility and inclusion in design and technology, and transformative and project-based learning.
Ben Jacobs is an expert in smart home technology, accessible mainstream gaming, assistive technology solutions, and other emerging technologies. Ben served as an Accomodations Specialist on the Assistive Technology Team at Georgia Tech, and now owns his own business, RebelTech Consulting, where he provides organizations and individuals with training, installation, customization, and continued support on available and upcoming technological solutions.
Deb Socia is the President and CEO of The Enterprise Center, a non-profit organization which serves to establish Chattanooga as a hub of innovation and improve people’s lives by leveraging the city’s digital technology to create, demonstrate, test and apply solutions for the 21st century. A Boston native, Deb was a middle school math teacher before becoming the executive director of Tech Goes Home in 2010, a board member of Project Right Inc. in 2013, executive director of Next Century Cities in Washington, D.C. in 2014 and finally the CEO of The Enterprise Center. She currently lives in the Highland Park neighborhood of Chattanooga, and has established The Enterprise Center as an anchor of the Innovation District in downtown Chattanooga.
Dr. Heidi Leming currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Student Success at the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). In her role at TBR, she works closely with the student affairs operations at technical colleges and community colleges and serves as the System level advocate to other state agencies and the legislature on student related issues. During her tenure at TBR, she has been instrumental in advancing student affairs and student success initiatives related to accessibility, high impact practices, Title IX, academic mindset and support for low-income and minority student populations.
Stacie is an attorney with Miller & Martin Law Firm and she advises employers of all sizes on how to comply with applicable state and federal laws concerning employee leave and pregnancy, disability and religious accommodation as well as anti-discimination, harassment and retaliation laws while still effectively running their businesses. Stacie is a frequent speaker at national, regional and state HR, executive and management forums regarding the above-descibed topics, and provides in-house training and counsel to HR professionals and supervisors to help them address various issues relating to employee hiring, discipline and termination which impact companies of all sizes.
Stacie Price, the Access Attorney at Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT), received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Marshall University in 2005, and her J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2008. Stacie has worked extensively in advocating for and enforcing the rights of individuals to be free from discrimination based on disability, and for individuals with disabilities to have equal access to goods and services in the community. She has represented clients in litigation, including class action litigation, based on violations of the ADA and other federal anti-discrimination laws. Stacie has worked on behalf of clients with disabilities at DRT since 2012 and is the recipient of DRT’s Freedom Award (2014).
Bradley Metrock is CEO of Nashville-based Score Publishing. Metrock founded the podcast network VoiceFirst.FM, and hosts the show This Week In Voice. He also published the audiobook Perspectives on Gender in #VoiceFirst Technology, produces VoiceFirst Events, and founded the industry association VoiceFirst.Community. He is cited as a top voice and AI thought leader.
Chris is the Clinic Manager and Residency Director for Fillauer Orthotics and Prosthetics in Chattanooga, TN. He also guest lectures for the Doctorate Occupational and Physical Therapy programs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Chris's completed his Residency at Atlanta Prosthetics and Orthotics where he gained experience treating a wide variety of pediatric and adult conditions in both orthotics and prosthetics. Prior to joining Fillauer, Chris was an Instructor in the Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics program at Georgia Tech and practiced as a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist in the Atlanta, GA area. Chris's current clinical interests are in upper limb and challenging lower limb prosthetics.
Bryan is a Research and Design Engineer with 14 years of experience. He has been with Fillauer since 2016 and is involved in prototyping prosthetics. He also participates in product testing and the implementation of quality assurance processes. Bryan received his first bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in b 1984 and worked for 8 years in the medical industry as an Ultrasound Technician. In 2006, he completed his second bachelor's degree in Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Bryan's current engineering interests are in robotics, 3D printing, and drone technology.