Meet the Speakers for ACCESS 2022: Age of Digital Inclusion

March 9, 2022 BY REBECCA KLEIN


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ACCESS 2022: Age of Digital Inclusion is just three weeks away!

At this year’s ACCESS, we are gathering the most influential people in accessibility to share frameworks for inclusion. We’ll dive into solutions for challenges that organizations face when it comes to inclusion, focusing on accessibility for both internal and external efforts.

Together, we’ll explore accessibility trends, engage in proactive conversations, and leave with actionable takeaways to help make our digital worlds more accessible and inclusive.

We have an incredible lineup of speakers, each of whom will focus on a different topic related to digital inclusion. Read on to learn more about who’s speaking at ACCESS 2022!

What to Expect

Kick off the event with trailblazer Jenny Lay-Flurrie, who has centralized accessibility at Microsoft.

Then spend the rest of your week learning about accessible user experiences with author Reginé Gilbert, diving into the CVAA with Tom Wlodkowski, VP of Accessibility at Comcast, and Attorney Michal Nowicki, discovering new ways to adopt a human-first approach with Frances West, Former IBM Chief Accessibility Officer, and so much more.

We’ll end the week with an exclusive fireside chat with Emmy-nominated director Matt Ogens and a special screening of his newest film Audible, a short documentary that was shortlisted for an Academy Award.

Meet the ACCESS 2022 Speakers

JennyJenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft

Jenny Lay-Flurrie is Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft, leading the company’s efforts to drive great products, services, and websites that empower people and organizations to achieve more. Her team is at the forefront of creating positive experiences that apply technology to make a difference in the world and the lives of individuals, from hiring and supporting people with disabilities in employment to innovative technology that aims to revolutionize what’s possible for people with disabilities.

In her opening keynote session, Jenny will discuss the evolution of accessibility at Microsoft, what Microsoft has learned on its journey, and how the company is making accessibility a core part of its culture.

Jenny will also share how Microsoft designs and builds its products, the accessibility innovations, the importance of inclusive hiring, the impact of COVID on technology, and examples of how AI can empower people with disabilities.

francesFrances West, Former IBM Chief Accessibility Officer

Frances West is a board member and advisor of both for-profit and non-profit organizations based on her diverse global business management, technology sales, emerging market development, and organization growth strategy experiences. She was IBM’s first Chief Accessibility Officer and worked to establish IT accessibility standards, shape government policies, and develop human-centric enterprise technology and solutions so that all people can reach their highest potential, regardless of age or ability.

In her keynote presentation, Frances will analyze why adopting a human-first approach is a necessity when creating new products, expanding new business, and acquiring new talent.

Aaron Golub headshotAaron Golub, Athlete and Speaker

Aaron Golub is an entrepreneur, athlete, and speaker. Aaron became the first legally blind athlete to play football in a division 1 game when he was at Tulane University. He was a captain in his senior year and went on to become an NFL free agent. Aaron never let his limited vision get in the way of his success. His goal is to show others that it doesn’t matter what they are fighting or what their perceived limitations are; anything is achievable with hard work and tuning out the judgment of others. Aaron has paved the way for others with disabilities and shown that the impossible is possible.

regineRegine Gilbert, Author & Professor at NYU

Reginé Gilbert is a user experience designer, educator, and author with over ten years working in technology. She is an Industry Assistant Professor at New York University and has been a consultant for large and small brands. She is a Keynote speaker and best-selling author of Inclusive Design for a Digital World, Designing with Accessibility in Mind, published by Apress.

In her keynote presentation, Reginé will teach us how to transfer our accessibility knowledge into actionable steps.

Michal Nowicki headshotMichal Nowicki, Associate Attorney, Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC

Michal Nowicki is an Associate Attorney at Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC. His practice focuses largely on helping clients comply with a wide range of telecommunications laws. Michal has advised clients on exemptions from Universal Service Fund contribution requirements, new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules strengthening access to E911 emergency services, and regulation of telecommunications carriers by state public utilities commissions. He has also given software developers and service providers guidance on telemarketing and call recording laws.

Michal will participate in a panel discussion with Thomas Wlodkowski that explores the legal landscape of accessibility, how companies should approach compliance, and how to audit your current operations.


Thomas Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility and Multicultural – Technology and Product at Comcast

Tom Wlodkowski is the Vice President of Accessibility and Multicultural – Technology and Product at Comcast. Tom has been uniquely positioned at the intersection of the Internet, broadcast, and cable television.

Charlotte Dales headshotCharlotte Dales, Co-Founder and CEO of Inclusively

Charlotte Dales is the co-founder and CEO of Inclusively, a tech-centered professional networking and employment company that connects job seekers with disabilities to inclusive workplaces.

Charlotte will present on accessibility trends in employment and dive into a recent study with Forrester Research on the Disability Employment statistics for ~400 companies and key takeaways.

Kyle Shachmut headshotKyle Shachmut, Assistant Director of Digital Accessibility Services at Harvard University

Kyle Shachmut is the Assistant Director of Digital Accessibility Services at Harvard University. Kyle led the creation of Harvard’s Digital Accessibility Services team and collaborates with institutional leaders to guide the governance of the University’s Digital Accessibility Policy.

Kyle will lead a workshop on how Harvard created a university-wide accessibility policy.

mattMatt Ogens, Film Director

Matt Ogens is an American film director, creative director, photographer, and artist. He has won three Emmy nominations and his latest project, “Audible” has been shortlisted for an Oscar.

Audible is a cinematic and immersive coming-of-age documentary that follows Maryland School for the Deaf high school athlete Amaree McKenstry-Hall and his close friends as they face the pressures of senior year and grapple with the realities of venturing into the hearing world.

During our closing party, we will watch Audible and hear from Matt about the film’s creation.


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