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Inaugural Philly Accessibility Meetup Event

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LIFT Labs PHL at the Comcast Technology Center

1800 Arch Street

4th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Please join us for the first Philly Accessibility Meetup at Comcast NBCUniversal’s LIFT Labs PHL! #LIFTLabs #a11yphl

About this Event

This meetup will be the go-to event for anyone and everyone interested in discussing digital accessibility, disability, inclusive design and adjacent topics.

Discussions will be centered around sharing knowledge, awareness and elevating the voices of people with disabilities. We are currently in the process of developing a regular schedule. We are currently seeking future venues, speakers, collaborations with other groups or organizations, and sponsors.

Live captioning will be provided with automated tools. Currently seeking sponsorship for live transcription and ASL interpretation.

Schedule

  • 6:30 p.m. - Registration and Networking
  • 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. - Opening Remarks, Presentations
  • 8:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks and Networking

Speakers

Alex Umstead (#a11yphl Organizer) has worked for Level Access as an Accessibility Analyst since mid-2016. Alex joined Xfinity Mobile as a Comcast Accessibility Specialist in late 2017. He is an alumnus of both SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University's School of Education.

Alex became interested in disability rights as an undergraduate student, partly because of growing up as a disabled person attending inclusive schools, and partly because of observing inequities in the special education system while working as a volunteer in early childhood settings. He has worked in various positions related to civil rights and accessibility since 2011, including as a graduate assistant for the first disability cultural center in the US housed under a division of student affairs.

Joel Moffatt is the Principal Product Manager and Customer Experience Lead for the Comcast Accessibility Team. He helps drive the team’s customer-focused strategy through engagement with disability community thought leaders, fostering product knowledge within the Accessibility Customer Support Center, managing the Comcast Accessibility Lab and ensuring that inclusive design and accessibility are integrated in Comcast’s culture.

Joel joined Comcast’s Accessibility Team soon after its formation in 2013 and has worked on the launches of the X1 talking guide, Comcast’s Accessibility Lab and the Accessibility Support Center. He cultivates customer feedback and relationships that directly influence the accessibility of Xfinity products for people with disabilities.

Bernadette Krause is an Advocacy Engagement Specialist with Comcast’s Corporate Communications Social Response Team. Bernadette previously served as a community manager for the company’s Talent Acquisition organization. Through this work she took an interest in disability inclusion during the pre-hire employment process and continues to builds upon that knowledge daily.

Mikey Ilagan is a Product Manager on the Comcast Accessibility Team. He's spent the past decade building digital experiences using a lifetime of passion for technology. Today, he uses a diverse background to work with product teams to ensure Xfinity's offerings are usable and well-designed for customers using assistive technology.

About the Venue

LIFT Labs PHL is located inside the Comcast Technology Center (1800 Arch St.); please check in with security in the lobby of the building and staff will come down to escort you to the LIFT Labs PHL floor (bring a photo ID)

***Please note all guest must bring a valid form of Government ID to Comcast events.***

Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs is a collaborative learning environment where startups serious about developing the next generation of media, entertainment and connectivity innovations connect with Comcast NBCUniversal product teams. Founder-focused, LIFT Labs features events and education, an accelerator run in partnership with Techstars, and engagements between company innovators and startups ready to scale. Learn more at lift.comcast.com.

LIFT Labs PHL

Comcast Technology Center

1800 Arch Street - 4th Floor, Philadelphia

Questions/Comments?

Please email a11yphlmeetup@gmail.com

We’re currently seeking event sponsors and suggestions for future events/speakers.

(Banner image shows the Philadelphia skyline shortly after sunset, with the Comcast Center and Comcast Technology Center featured prominently.)

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