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Learn more about our keynote speakers for John Slatin AccessU 2023.

Peter Slatin - May 9, 2023, 6 pm CT

The Future History of Accessibility

The creation and passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act was driven by brave people who had had enough of exclusion, whether by default or by design. Today’s framework has it that these pioneers were demanding inclusion. But to be included, someone needs to extend an invitation. What they demanded was much more fundamental than inclusion – they wanted access.

How did exclusionary reality become the status quo, default front door to just about everything everywhere? To understand that we need to consider that the true obstacle to access and participation is neither digital nor physical. We have to dig deeper to face how to pull that framework inside out so that accessibility becomes the foundation of the way we all live. No invitation needed.

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Peter Slatin is a disability consultant, writer, and advocate. Peter, who is blind, is the founder and president of Slatin Group LLC, which provides education and training on disability inclusion for internal management and HR performance as well as service excellence for people with disabilities. Slatin Group programs are drawn on the lived experience with disability.

Peter is an award-winning journalist and a contributor to on disability and accessibility; he has also written extensively for major publications, such as The New York Times and Wall Street Journal on commercial real estate, architecture, and finance. He was the founder and editor in chief of Grid, a trade magazine covering the intersection of architecture and commercial property, which received numerous awards for editorial excellence from American Business Media. He is the recipient of the Oculus Award for Excellence in Architectural Journalism from the New York City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Giselle Mota - May 10, 2023 8 am CT

"Intentional Inclusion"

Web3, metaverse, and extended realities present exciting and unique opportunities for disabled users. Representation, access, and inclusion in these emerging technology spaces are crucial. Join Giselle Mota as she explores how we can and should inspire technology for good, elevate the voices of those with lived experience, and create pathways to inclusion.

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Giselle Mota is an inclusive futurist and thought leader focused on enabling inclusion as it relates to product design, the future of work, and all things emerging tech including XR, web3 and metaverse.

Giselle has been named Top 100 Future of Work Thought Leader and served as Principal Consultant on the Future of Work at ADP. She provided strategy and guidance on the evolving world of work and emerging technologies to executives and practitioners, while strengthening ADP’s value proposition.

Giselle is the creator of NFTY Collective, which focuses on bringing disability inclusion into web3 and metaverse. She is founder of Versd, an inclusive innovation and strategic ventures group. Giselle is also a visiting Inclusive People Analytics and AI instructor for UFM, and serves on various boards and councils on inclusion and emerging tech, among NASA's STEM proposals and others.

Kelvin Crosby - May 11, 2023, 1 pm CT

"Breaking Through Barriers: A Journey to Inventing Revolutionary Technology"

Kelvin will take you on his journey to become a deafblind inventor and founder of Smart Guider Inc.  With over 10 years of experience in designing and creating adaptive services and technology, Kelvin has dedicated his career to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities. He will discuss how his experience as a deafblind individual has informed his work and the unique challenges and opportunities that come with inventing as a person with disabilities. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a visionary inventor.



DeafBlindness doesn’t stop Kelvin from living beyond his challenges every day. Kelvin lives with Usher Syndrome Type II, which affects his hearing and vision. By 2020, Kelvin had lost all the clarity in his vision. Despite all his trials and difficulties, Kelvin still says, “it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood."

Kelvin started a company called the DeafBlind Potter, through which he sells all his own pieces. He is also the CEO and founder of Smart Guider, Inc., which manufactures the lighted blind cane. Kelvin also founded, Living Beyond The Label, where he encourages all of us to live beyond whatever label society has placed on us.

Keynote Conversation with Kelsey Ruger and Jutta Treviranus
May 12, 2023, 1:15 PM CT

The Future of AI in Accessibility: Balancing Opportunities and Challenges

A conversation that brings diverse perspectives to understanding the role of AI and Machine Learning in shaping the future of accessibility. As technology continues to advance rapidly, it is essential to understand how AI can be harnessed to create more inclusive and accessible digital experiences, while also addressing the potential risks and barriers that may arise. These two leaders discuss innovations in AI, and explore the benefits, challenges, and potential threats related to AI-driven accessibility, including the need to reevaluate strategies, confront the risks of rigid adherence to accessibility dogmas, and ensure that the field evolves alongside technological advancements. Join us as we navigate the complex landscape of AI-driven accessibility, and learn how to leverage the power of AI and Machine Learning to promote inclusivity and equal participation in the digital world.

The panelists and moderator will engage in a dynamic conversation, sharing their expertise and insights on harnessing the power of AI while addressing potential risks and barriers.

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Kelsey Ruger is a forward-thinking leader in the tech industry, bringing 20 years of expertise in product development, design, and engineering to his role as the Chief Product & Technology Officer at Hello Alice. With a passion for empowering small businesses, Kelsey has played a pivotal role in creating the Hello Alice platform - a comprehensive toolkit for business growth and financial fitness that has already impacted over 1 million enterprises across the US.

Kelsey's award-winning products have made a global impact, reflecting his unique blend of software development and design skills. His past experiences at P97 Networks. AT&T and Prodigy Internet, as well as his work with major companies like Microsoft, Vodafone, and Halliburton, showcase his ability to drive product innovation and make an impact on a large scale.

Beyond his professional achievements, Kelsey is a dedicated advocate for entrepreneurship, co-founding HighDrive TV and serving as the President of the Houston Interactive Marketing Association and Energy Chair of the AMA Houston chapter. He holds a B.A. in Management Information Systems from the University of Houston and was recognized as one of Houston's 40 under 40 in 2012.

    Jutta Treviranus


Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor at OCAD University in Toronto, formerly the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre. The IDRC conducts proactive research and development in the inclusive design of emerging information and communication technology and practices. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute a multi-university regional centre of expertise on inclusive design. Jutta is the Co-Director of Raising the Floor International. She also established and directs an innovative graduate program in Inclusive Design. Jutta has led many international multi-partner research networks that have created broadly implemented technical innovations that support inclusion. These include the Fluid Project, Fluid Engage, CulturAll, Stretch, FLOE and many others. Jutta and her team have pioneered personalization as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally (including WAI ATAG, IMS AccessForAll, ISO 24751 , and AODA Information and Communication).

    Thank you to our AccessU 2023 Sponsors: Evinced, Visa, Fable, IAAP - the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, Barrier Break - creating a limitless future, and Oklahoma AbleTech