Ken Nakata is a former Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Justice Department's Disability Rights Section. He developed nationwide ADA policies for the internet, was awarded the Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Information Technology by Attorney General Janet Reno, served as lead counsel for the interagency working group making the Federal government's information technology accessible to people with disabilities (pursuant to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act), and represented the United States many times in litigation in Federal courts.
Ken is a frequent lecturer and he is sought after by major international accessibility conferences separately for his knowledge of law and technology. He has trained teams on the proper coding in HTML for accessibility as well as led continuing legal education (CLE) courses for attorneys on legal defenses in web accessibility cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California's Unruh Act.
Ken is a Founding and former Board Member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and currently serves on the IAAP’s Certification Committee. Ken is admitted to the bars of New York, Washington, and the District of Columbia and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from the Johns Hopkins University. He is also certified as a privacy professional with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Principals (CPACP) with the IAAP, and a Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform.
By working with Converge Accessibility, you can have Ken on your team. Get the full picture of law and technology by contacting Converge Accessibility today!
Jeff Singleton is one of the nation's leading authorities on web accessibility and testing. He is a former member of Microsoft's Accessible Technology Group (ATG) and led the quality assurance team for Windows Narrator. An expert user of most assistive technologies, Jeff has a keen understanding of accessibility standards (such as WCAG and Section 508) as well as the practical impact of accessibility issues on people with disabilities.
Jeff has led important projects with leading companies such as HP and Microsoft. And he has helped government agencies like the Veteran's Health Administration make their technology accessible. For the last several years, NASA has also trusted Jeff to perform accessibility reviews of the technologies (including web sites) used by its grantees.
One of Jeff's strongest talents and passions is educating others about accessibility. For the last twelve years, he has led training sessions at important international accessibility conferences, such as the California State University, Northridge Center on Disabilities CSUN Assistive Technology Conference and the National ADA Symposium. Jeff also holds an ADA Coordinator Title III Business Certificate and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).
By working with Converge Accessibility, you can have Jeff on your team. If you want to understand all aspects of how your website impacts users with disabilities, contact Converge Accessibility today!
Laura Ruby is one of the world’s leading experts in digital accessibility and communications technology policy. As Microsoft’s Director of Worldwide Accessibility Policy and Standards she developed technology regulatory policy and industry-wide standards that ensure accessible technology for people with disabilities around the globe. Over her 22 years at Microsoft, Laura spearheaded Microsoft’s accessibility compliance program, partnered with governments around the world to develop laws, regulations, and policies that promoted digital accessibility, and collaborated with national and international disability organizations and industry associations. Through this work, Laura helped lead Microsoft’s transformation into a global leader in digital accessibility.
Prior to working at Microsoft, Laura spent ten years at AT&T Wireless Services as a Manager of Law & Government Affairs. At AT&T, she oversaw all Federal disability related regulatory proceedings and advised the company on accessibility compliance matters.
- NO LEGAL SERVICES. While Ken Nakata is an attorney licensed to practice in Washington, New York, and the District of Columbia, the responsibilities he performs on behalf of Converge Accessibility include certain tasks that might be characterized as "law related services" under Rule 5.7 of the American Bar Association's Rules of Professional Conduct governing attorneys in these jurisdictions. That Rule requires attorneys to make disclosures clarifying that the services Mr. Nakata will be performing may be law-related services, but that they are not legal services. Because they are not legal services, those services and our relationship will not be governed by the Rules of Professional Conduct that guide the client-lawyer relationship. We will of course be subject to the provisions of applicable Federal and state ethics rules and we assure you that we will be carrying out our responsibilities using the highest level of ethical and professional standards.
- NO ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP. As Converge Accessibility does not provide legal services, working with us does not create either an attorney-client relationship or protections such as the attorney-client privilege for communications. If you have any questions regarding your legal rights or responsibilities, please contact a qualified attorney in your area to represent your interests.