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SXSW 2017

Unlocking Technology for People with Disabilities

Imagine scrolling through social media and not being able to see pictures or watch videos. For decades, the internet and other tech devices were a black box – inaccessible to those with hearing and visual impairments. But a new wave of innovation is democratizing technology – from image captioning and sound amplification tech, to connected thermostats, appliances and lighting, to wearables that provide alerts like activity trackers. This session will explore the latest advancements in product design and application and their impact for seniors and people with disabilities – at home, at work and at play.

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  1. How are tech companies actively including communities with accessibility needs in their product design?
  2. How do artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality help seniors and people with disabilities?
  3. What does the next generation of accessible technology look like? What can we expect to see in the next 5, 10, 15 years?

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Rachel Horn, Dir Thought Leadership, Consumer Technology Association

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