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|2011 Symposium Special Events|
Symposium Baltimore – Special Events
The Tremont Plaza
Keynote: Importance of Accessibility
The National Federation of the Blind's Access Technology Team, in which Tony is a member, is responsible for the NFB's national effort to increase the accessibility of the Internet and computer applications through its Web Certification Program. A significant component of the program involves outreach to developers, performing website assessments, and presenting remediation suggestions for inaccessible content. In this presentation, Tony will discuss the consequences when forms are inaccessible, talk about some examples of inaccessible forms, and demonstrate both accessible and accessible forms.
Main Stage Session: History of Forms Industry
The evolution of forms is fascinating, where we were, and where we are now. This session will focus on the history of the forms industry with interesting information, bringing us to where we are today in the forms industry.
Main Stage Session: Current to Future State of Forms
Technology is having a profound impact on the way people live, work and interact. This session will focus on the implications in the forms industry, from the current state to a predicted future state of the forms industry. Technology is driving rapidly changing consumer product and market value, with opportunities to enable a motivated, productive workforce, and competitiveness.
Super Session: The Forms Professional's Value in the Future - Panel Discussion
Tools and technology continue to evolve, so how can a form professional stay relevant and necessary to an organization. Attend this session as this panel of experts discuss what a form professional's value is to an organization and how they could be identified to have a "seat at the table". In addition to, how their role may be changing as the organizational needs move towards automating workflow processes, the increasing need to manage information, legal issues around the privacy of data, the technical data management complications, and the logistical considerations associated with collecting and analyzing data.
Super Session: Constructing, Cultivating, and Modernizing a Forms Program
The Federal Government and private sectors continue to struggle with the decision to centralize or decentralize critical business units. This session delineates the challenges, opportunities, and policies that moved the Department of State toward a centralized Forms Program.
Sponsor Exhibit and Buffet Lunch
IPad2 Drawing at this event - must be present to win!
Keynote: Digital Signatures are the Key to Efficiency
With the great interest in digital signatures and certificates, Donna Hansen will discuss the security and the efficiency of having the forms industry move towards an authentication and encryption scheme. She will explain how the National Reconnaissance Office reached compliancy and how this has improved enterprise, environmental responsibility, and efficiency processes, setting them up for success within the overall organization to maintain the vision, "vigilance from above."
BFMA also honors those whose efforts have advanced the form industry and profession.
General Business Meeting
The National Federation of the Blind is a national organization with fifty thousand members. The national office and technology center is located in Baltimore. The NFB has been gracious enough to arrange a special tour of their amazing facility for BFMA. The International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind (IBTC) is a comprehensive evaluation, demonstration, and training center, complete with over $2.5 million worth of nearly all of the tactile and speech output technology now available to the blind, the IBTC serves as a rich resource for vendor-free advice on all aspects of access technology. Join us Wednesday evening for this unique and informative opportunity. Transportation will be provided. You must register to attend the tour. Please email BFMA firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the registration/information desk at Symposium to be added to the list to attend.
Super Session: Changes...A Perspective of What is in Store for the Forms Professional
The session will review changes in technology and the culture over the past 40 years. This information is used as a predictor for the future and what a Form Professional could expect to see regarding changes in their profession.
IPad2 Drawing at this session - must be present to win!