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Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel 1 Market Place San Diego , California 92101
Tel: (619) 232-1234
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CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - California State University, Northridge

Attendees

4,800

Exhibitors

125

Register

$215 - $555

Overview

Event Overview:

For over 32 years, the Center on Disabilities, through the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, has provided an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users, speakers and other participants to share knowledge and best practices in the field of assistive technology. In 2016, the conference drew more than 4,800 people to San Diego. Known as a forum that showcases cutting edge technology and practical solutions that can be utilized to remove the barriers that prevent the full participation of persons with disabilities in educational, workplace and social settings, the conference is the largest of its kind in the world.

About COD:

The Center on Disabilities (COD) is committed to the vision of an inclusive society where people of all abilities have the chance to achieve their goals and experience success. Through excellent training and research, we nurture learning and innovation to improve the world for people with disabilities.

COD sponsors assistive technology training programs to expand the awareness of professionals and introduce newcomers to the disability field, and hosts the largest international conference focused on the field of assistive technology.

About CSUN:

California State University, Northridge has a long and impressive history of involvement in many different aspects of disability. This history extends back to 1961, preceding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In 1983, the university officially approved the creation of the Center on Disabilities (COD), which has been growing and expanding since that time.

Agenda

Mar 19   

Conference Registration 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshops 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Lunch Break 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Mar 20   

Conference Registration 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Please note that Conference Registration closes one hour before Keynote Address. Please arrive at the registration early if you want to register and attend Keynote Address.

Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshops 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lunch Break 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Keynote Address and Welcome Reception 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Mar 21   

Conference Registration 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Registration 12:00 PM - 6:30 PM

General Sessions 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Lunch Break 11:40 AM-1:20 PM

Opening of Exhibit Hall 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mar 22   

Conference Registration 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Registration 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

General Sessions 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Lunch Break 11:40 AM-1:20 PM

Mar 23   

Conference Registration 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Registration 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

General Sessions 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibit Hall 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Lunch Break 11:40 AM-1:20 PM

Conference Adjourns 5:30 PM

Keynote Speakers

Daniel Goldstein

We are pleased to announce that Daniel Goldstein, an attorney who has been involved in the field of disability rights for almost 35 years, will be our Keynote Speaker. Mr. Goldstein's entry into this field began at the behest of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). Beginning in 2000, he reached agreements on their behalf with AOL, Amazon, Target, eBay, Ticketmaster, Travelocity, H&R Block, and Scribd to make their websites accessible, as well as an order directing the Ohio Secretary of State to make its election website accessible. Mr. Goldstein has also secured court judgments requiring accessible voting machines and accessible online absentee ballot marking tools, as well as agreements requiring accessible health care kiosks, ATMs, and automated ordering devices at restaurants

In 2011, Mr. Goldstein and Marc Maurer, then President of the NFB, were awarded the Paul Hearne Award for Disability Rights Advocacy by the American Bar Association. This award is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to further the rights, dignity, and access to justice for people with disabilities.

Daniel Goldstein's impressive career in disability rights, along with his extensive successful judgements, will surely be an address that will interest all of our attendees.

Paul G. Allen

Each year the Center on Disabilities recognizes a leader in our field who has made a major impact in education and research.  We are honored to announce that this year's Strache Leadership Award is Richard Ladner.

Ladner is a Professor Emeritus in The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington where he has been on the faculty since 1971. His principal research area is in creating and evaluating technologies to help make the lives of people with disabilities better. He is currently working on the development of an accessible block-based programming language for touchscreen tablet computers so that blind children can have early access to computer programming. Ladner is the Principal Investigator (PI) for both the NSF-funded AccessComputing Alliance that has the goal of increasing participation and success of students with disabilities in computing fields and the NSF-funded AccessCSforAll that is helping prepare K-12 teachers to be more inclusive in their computing courses with students with disabilities. From 2007 – 2013, he directed the Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing. Ladner is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), the 2008 Computing Research Association A. Nico Habermann Award and the 2016 ACM SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility. Ladner served on the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2016.

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