Speaker: John Samuel – Today, nearly 20% of Americans live with a disability — and digital content is difficult or impossible for them to navigate, understand and consume.
Digitally equitable content is designed to create a universal experience that is inclusive of people who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, or those with cognitive and/or physical disabilities, such as the inability to use a mouse.
When organizations see people with disabilities use their website, it raises empathy and awareness of accessibility issues. Therefore, we will demonstrate how blind users navigate the web, using assistive technology, and share best practices for making your website accessible for all people!
John G. Samuel is an innovative business development expert, with over thirteen years of experience building strategic partnerships, designing profitable business models, and transforming organizations around the world. He is currently leading the technology service strategy for LCI, one of the largest employers of Americans who are blind, with responsibility for building the new LCI Tech business. He has a proven record of accomplishment of leading startup initiatives, most recently helping build Homestrings – Movement Capital, an USAID backed crowdfunding platform, and previously starting a Joint Venture in Cameroon for Aster, a global telecom infrastructure company, where he generated over $45 million in revenue and brought internet access to millions of people across Africa. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from North Carolina State University, Poole College of Management and a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University, School of Business. John is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC).