Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Lazar
Dr. Jonathan Lazar is a professor in the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland. Dr. Lazar joined the iSchool after 19 years as a professor at Towson University, where he served as director of the Information Systems program for 14 years.
At the iSchool, Dr. Lazar is core faculty in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, and serves as Associate Director of the Trace Center for Research and Development, the nation’s oldest research center on technology and disability. Dr. Lazar is involved in research and teaching in human-computer interaction, with a focus on ICT accessibility for people with disabilities, user-centered design methods, assistive technologies, and law and public policy related to accessibility and HCI. Dr. Lazar has authored or edited 12 books, including Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction (2nd edition, co-authored with Feng and Hochheiser), Ensuring Digital Accessibility Through Process and Policy (co-authored with Goldstein and Taylor), Disability, Human Rights, and Information Technology (co-edited with Stein), Universal Usability: Designing Computer Interfaces for Diverse User Populations, and Web Usability: A User-Centered Design Approach. He has published over 140 refereed articles in journals, conference proceedings, and edited books, and has been granted two US patents for his work on accessible web-based security features for blind users. Dr. Lazar is a recipient of the 2017 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship, the 2016 ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award, the 2012-2013 Shutzer Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the 2010 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind.
Closing Remarks: Gary C. Norman, Esq. L.L.M.
Mr. Norman is a dedicated public servant gifted with the ability to bring people of seemingly unrelated interests together. He is an integrative lawyer and a collaborative thinker. He has the unique brand of serving the public with a special sidekick, guide dog Bowie.
He serves as the Chair of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. He has served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Commissioners since 2016. He has issued two appellate panel opinions. His tenure also led him in serving on a joint executive and legislative task force on temporary disability insurance. In 2018, he received a mini-grant from the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. co-facilitating a series of public policy dialogues on international disability policy. He has a column regarding animal and disability law and policy, and his adventures as a lawyer with a guide dog. In 2011, he obtained his Masters in Letters of Law at the Program on Law and Government at the Washington College of Law. He focused on healthcare regulation as well as healthcare policy and nondiscrimination. He served as a policy briefer on disability and non-discrimination at a global health conference on gender and human rights hosted by the health law concentration. His studies ultimately resulted in the publication of three law review articles.