Foundation series

American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference to bring together experts in workforce inclusion, equity, diversity and accessibility

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Horizon Therapeutics, JPMorgan Chase & Co. included among corporate partners

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In less than a month, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) will host its annual leadership conference, which aims to build leadership capacity to foster a more equitable society for people who are blind or visually impaired. . The conference provides a forum in which leaders from various fields – including research, technology, education, business, health and government organizations – have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of best practices, refine their leadership skills, identify inclusion practices that work, and share strategies for enabling inclusion.

“The theme for this year’s conference is ‘putting inclusion to work’, and with several leading companies and their accessibility experts in attendance, we’re excited to bring together leaders to share what they’re doing to get closer to this goal. ,” mentioned Debbie Dennis, Chairman of the AFB Board of Directors. “We are also delighted to welcome the Executive Director of the United States Access Board Sachin Pavithran and DEI consultant catherine rivera as keynote speakers, as well as the main author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Tony Coelho as a presenter, among many others.”

This year’s corporate sponsors showcase leaders in their fields, and AFB is grateful for their support:

A wide range of presentations this year include titles such as “Accessibility, Inclusion and Representation”; “Digital Inclusion: Public Policy Approaches to Website and App Accessibility”; and “Strategies for Welcoming Employees into an Accessible Workplace,” to name a few. The professional backgrounds of the panelists also represent a wide range of industries and backgrounds, including research and policy advocates from leading disability rights organizations, corporate accessibility experts and managers and representatives of government agencies.

Three prestigious awards for the blind and visually impaired community will also be presented at this year’s event, including the Migel Medal, the newly launched Llura Gund Leadership Award and the Corinne Kirchner Research Award. The Migel Medal was created in 1937 by the late MC Migel, AFB’s first president, to honor those whose dedication and achievements improve the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired. The Llura Gund Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding leader each year who has benefited from one of AFB’s employment initiatives. The Corinne Kirchner Research Award honors those whose leadership and dedication illuminates the most pressing needs of people living with vision loss through timely, innovative and authoritative research.

Sponsorship packages are still available – contact Amir Rahimi at [email protected] to inquire. The AFB Leadership Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, May 2-3. Registration is currently open. More information is available, including a full agenda and list of speakers, at AFB.org/AFBLC.

About the American Foundation for the Blind
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) engages leaders, advances understanding, and champions impactful policies and practices using research and data. Editor of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness For more than a century, the AFB has also been proud to maintain the accessible Helen Keller Archive, honoring the legacy of our most famous ambassador. AFB’s mission is to expand pathways to leadership, education, inclusive technology and career opportunities to create a world without limits for people who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired. To learn more, visit www.afb.org.

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