April 2013

TOPIC: Accessibility and eLearning

Date: Monday, April 8, 2013


6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking

6:30 – 8:00 pm: Meeting



Since 2008, international information and communication technology (ICT) standards have been established on a wide scale basis. Standards, including the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG2, ISO/IEC 40500), Section 504 and Section 508, include specific provisions mandating the accessibility of applications and content to people with disabilities.

However, beyond compliance, corporations and organizations are faced with several critical questions:

  • What are the business drivers for creating accessible content?
  • Is it possible to build a successful, sustainable program designed to achieve universal accessibility?
  • Can that program integrate universal design solutions for business challenges involving the needs of aging workers and technology?

The goal of this presentation is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the issues and deliver answers to these compelling questions.



Michael Paciello is Founder and CEO of The Paciello Group, LLC, a software accessibility consultancy. For nearly 30 years, Mr. Paciello has served as an international leader, technologist, and lecturer in the areas of emerging technology, usability, technical & legal standards, and accessibility.

Mr. Paciello authored the first book on web accessibility and usability, “Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities,” and received recognition from President William Clinton for his work in the creation of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C/WAI).

Mike, along with colleague Jim Tobias, was appointed co-chair to the United States Federal Access Board’s Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC). TEITAC presented a historic series of internationally harmonized recommendations that bridge the gap between technology and people with disabilities and that laid the groundwork for international standards organizations worldwide.