We gather each year at M-Enabling to learn about new ways that technology can make daily life more accessible and enable people with disabilities.  But two significant barriers – one technical and the other cultural – still exist that prevent this.  The COVID-19 pandemic brought the worsening issue of the digital divide to the forefront. Advocacy organizations across every community are now motivated to press Congress on getting every American online and access to connected technologies.  From a cultural perspective, when people with disabilities are uncomfortable disclosing, it’s impossible to accommodate and enable them. While these issues may seem unrelated, they are equally impactful to our work to make the world more accessible to people with disabilities.

Susan Diegelman, Chair of the Board, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) & Director of Federal Public Affairs, AT&T

Moderated by Maria Town, President and CEO, AAPD

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