When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – 9 am-1 pm
Where: 201 SVC: Capitol Visitor Center
The American Association of People with Disabilities, with the National Consumers League, will host the first-ever symposium on protection for people with disabilities, both as consumers of new technology and as customers in the financial services industry.
Panel 1: Factoring of Structured Settlements
A structured settlement occurs when someone who has been severely injured or disabled receives a lifetime settlement. Factoring is when that settlement is sold for immediate cash. People with disabilities fall victim to predators because they lack financial literacy about settlements and the lure of immediate cash. Expert panelists will discuss the problems facing victims of factoring.
Panel 2: Innovation in Technology
As technology advances, people with disabilities need input in the early development phase to create new technology that addresses their needs. This panel will feature viewpoints from companies, device manufacturers, and operating systems as well as advocates to examine access in technology.