Accessibility Meet Up
Sunday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM
110 E 2nd St
Accessibility is one of the key ingredients to any good product design by helping create a more intimate relationship with how customers interact with a product or service. Join Frances West, IBM Chief Accessibility Officer, to share ideas, best practices, and raise awareness about inclusive design. With more than 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide, in addition to the aging population, novice technology users, and people with language, learning and literacy challenges, the demand for accessibility is a mainstream requirement for governments and businesses worldwide. And, the success of mobile, social, smart TVs, wearable devices and cognitive technologies will depend on the integration of adaptive, intuitive and accessible technology. Therefore, accessibility grounded in a company’s values helps connect with customers, enable an inclusive workplace, make information more meaningful and consumable, and transform not only the way we do business, but our society as a whole. Presented by IBM.
Chief Accessibility Officer
Frances West, IBM Chief Accessibility Officer, works to establish IT accessibility standards, shape government policies, and develop human-centric technology and industry solutions that not only cr...Show the rest
Frances West, IBM Chief Accessibility Officer, works to establish IT accessibility standards, shape government policies, and develop human-centric technology and industry solutions that not only create an inclusive workplace environment, but are designed to personalize the user experience so that all people reach their highest potential in work and life. While at IBM, Frances has held a range of management and executive positions. Key accomplishments include implementing a nationwide payment and settlements systems for the Chinese equivalent of the U.S. Federal Reserve; creating and executing IBM emerging market and industry business partner strategies; and managing investment funding and financial services solution plans for IBM clients in the financial services sector. She attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Washington & Lee University in VA and graduated with a marketing degree from the University of KY. She received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from UMass Boston.Hide the rest