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AT&T Advisory Panel on Access & Aging


AT&T's Advisory Panel on Access & Aging (AAPAA) is composed of national leaders in assistive technology, aging and cross-disability issues. It provides advice and counsel to AT&T's subsidiaries, affiliates and leadership teams regarding issues of mutual interest.  AAPAA meets semiannually to discuss a specific area of the business with guest speakers & corporate subject matter experts.

AAPAA members include:

John Anschutz
Manager, Assistive Technology Center
Shepherd Center

"I am honored to serve with a diverse group of professional whose focus is to advocate for the inclusive use of technology. The substantial effort and resources used by AT&T to assemble this panel of experts is remarkable. AT&T arranges for its marketing, Emerging Devices, Human Factors/AT&T Labs, Human Resources, Relay, Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability and management team executives to present new or emerging accessible technology to the Panel. The Panel then provides candid feedback related to accessibility, usability, design, technology or product elements. I am humbled by the talent, energy and creativity of both the AAPAA members and the executives from AT&T. AT&T's creation, implementation and use of AAPAA is definitely a class act."

Kelly Buckland
Executive Director
National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)

"NCIL appreciates AT&T's efforts to work with us to market to and employ people with disabilities. NICL also appreciates AT&T making their products and services accessible to people with disabilities. NCIL recognizes the important role telecommunications and information technologies play in modern society - especially for people with disabilities, where information technologies make the world a much more accessible place."

Yanira Cruz, DrPH
President & CEO
National Hispanic Council on Aging

"It is an honor to partner with a company that is in tune with the evolving needs in the disability and aging communities and responds to them with innovative technology that allows individuals to lead a fulfilling life. AT&T is leading the way in building strong diverse communities and serves as an example of a company responsive to emerging realities in our society. AAPAA serves as a mechanism to provide guidance, and recommendations to better serve the disability and aging communities. I applaud AT&T for being responsive to this critical segment of society."

Cindy Deane
Special Education Teacher
Cherokee County School District

"Technology is an integral part of education today. Teachers have moved beyond computers in the corner to using technology in innovative ways to meet the needs of students. Wireless technologies provide educators the flexibility to incorporate a range of devices into their lessons including the iTouch, laptops, PDAs, and cell phones. For students with disabilities, technology can have an even greater impact. The right device, program, or application can unlock the world for these students by providing a means of communication or helping them gain critical skills."

Lee Huffman
AccessWorld and Technology Information Editor
American Foundation for the Blind

"AFB has a long history of consulting with high tech firms including AT&T Labs. We work on applications from mobile phones and at-home medical devices to accessible electronic voting stations. AFB TECH Labs provides significant feedback to help AT&T design easier to read handsets, magnification and speech output for improved access to their products. AFB has provided input to AT&T on product testing, from the "Natural Voices" speech synthesizer, to their current U-verse product. A speech output interface with easier-to-read, on-screen programming is critical for customers with vision loss and enables them to participate in entertainment, interactive and social media."

Angela Jones
SVP Business Development & Lifestyle
AARP Services Inc.

"AAPAA continues to engage with AT&T in a productive way, working together to make sure all products and services are effective for all customers. With the fast pace of change in technology, there are challenges for sure, but the commitment to access, continues and grows. AT&T works closely with leaders in areas of disability, aging, and accessible technology toward common goals of full access and exciting new opportunities to apply emerging technologies."

Becky Ketts
Director, Rehabilitation Services
Nobis Works

"I am extremely honored and humbled to be part of such an innovative and accomplished team of people. I am thrilled to be able to address current issues and possibly help shape the future for people with disabilities through technology. With new possibilities every day, technology will be the key to removing barriers for everyone.

The AT&T Advisory Panel on Access and Aging (AAPAA) will only expand our horizons further in how we perceive what we do as well as how we perceive what others can do. I cannot wait to see what the future will bring and look forward to all of the new opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. I applaud AT&T for having the foresight and wisdom to gather such a group."

Ben Lippincott
Manager, Industry Relations
Wireless RERC

"Since 2001, AT&T has been a leading supporter of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technology's mission " to research, evaluate and develop innovative wireless technologies and products that meet the needs, enhance independence, and improve the quality of life and community participation of people with disabilities." With the rapid pace of innovation occurring in wireless technologies like 4G services, smart phones and mobile applications, it requires ongoing effort to ensure that the accessibility needs of people with disabilities are incorporated into new technologies. It is a pleasure and honor to have been asked to lend my expertise to the AT&T Advisory Panel on Access and Aging. The formation of AAPAA shows just how committed AT&T is to meeting the diverse product and service needs of their customers with disabilities. It is fulfilling to see a company as large as AT&T listen to this panel's feedback and, at each successive meeting, begin to see it implemented into their products and business practices."

Linda Mastandrea
Law Offices of Linda Mastandrea

"I am exceptionally proud that AT&T supports the U.S. Paralympic athletes. With companies like AT&T behind them, I am certain that our Paralympians will continue to excel both on and off the field. It is an honor to be part of AAPAA with such an esteemed group of colleagues. To have the opportunity to give voice to the issues, needs, and concerns of the disability community and have that feedback listened to and incorporated is tremendous. I hope other companies are taking notice of AT&T's leadership."

Alfred Moye'
Board of Directors

"I appreciate AT&T's efforts to design and market product and services to the aging community. It makes good business sense to serve the fastest growing segment of the population, yet I am unaware of any other company that strives to get it right from the outset as AT&T does. Most of us, if we are fortunate to live long lives, will benefit from the work of AAPAA."

Jason Resendez
Executive Director, UsAgainstAlzheimer's Latino Network
LatinosAgainstAlzheimer's Coalition

"From brain health research to caregiving support, technology can be a tool for addressing the myriad of challenges and opportunities that aging presents for consumers, society, and the economy. I'm proud to work hand-in-hand with an industry leader like AT&T to address these challenges through innovative technology solutions for families struggling with diseases like Alzheimer's."

Gloria Satriale, Esq.
Executive Director, Preparing Adolescents and Adults for Life (PAAL)
President, Mission for Educating Citizens for Autism

"Admittedly, I was impressed, but not wholly surprised, by the impressive group of committed professionals assembled as the AT&T Advisory Panel on Access and Aging to help envision and evaluate innovative uses of technology to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and our aging communities. AT&T should be commended for partnering with such a diverse group of experts (and their associated organizations) and for providing a mechanism by which the knowledge, experience and visionary leadership of each member can be translated into accessible technological innovation and practical reality. In the fields of autism intervention, advances in technology have, historically, been costly, offered with limited individualization, were bulky, and prone to failure. Through its development and utilization of AAPAA, AT&T is at the forefront of developing universally designed products and services that specifically address the diverse needs of individuals with autism, other disabilities and mature adults, and is making accessibility to, and durability of, technology for these specialized populations a priority. I am honored and humbled to be a member of AAPAA and for the tremendous opportunity to influence the direction of the rapidly evolving technology market."

Claude L. Stout
Executive Director
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)

"It has been a tremendous honor to serve on AT&T's Advisory Panel on Aging and Access. Not only do we have opportunities to give input on its marketing plans, and product development projects, we receive frequent briefings on AT&T's ongoing focused efforts in achieving accessibility for people with disabilities inside and outside the corporation. AT&T provides a model workplace that many other corporations should emulate."

Amy VanDeVelde
National Connections Program Manager
The OASIS Institute

"I am proud to serve on the AAPAA panel and actively collaborate with AT&T to meet people where they find themselves with technology in our digital society. In my current work overseeing the OASIS Connections program, I see the critical and growing need for digital readiness, particularly among the underserved, as well the value of technology to improve the health and lives of mature adults, including in reducing social isolation. Making technology accessible doesn't just help mature adults or people with disabilities—it creates engaging, helpful and stimulating possibilities and connections for us all."

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