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By Kimberly Cline

The 33rd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference is an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, speakers, exhibitors, end users, and other participants to share a wide-range of knowledge in the field of assistive technology.

CSUN is a forum that showcases cutting-edge technology and practical solutions that can be utilized to remove the barriers that preclude the full participation of persons with disabilities in workplace, educational and social settings.

The goal of the makeathon that will be held April 21-23 at the Brooklin Navy Yard’s New Lab is to develop affordable assistive technologies. More than 180 people in four to ten person teams will work with people who understand a specific disability. The teams will work to develop hardware and software prototypes that improve inclusiveness for people who have disabilities. This will fill needs where there has been no market or government interest. The designs will be made available to the public on line.

Read more about the makeathon on GAATES

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The 32st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, known to people in the industry as the 2017 CSUN Conference, is being held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, CA from February 27 to March 3. CSUN, through the International Conference on Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities, provides an inclusive setting and hosts many groups including:

From February 27 to March 4th the 32nd annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California. On Tuesday, March 7th Dr. Kellie Lim, a physician at UCLA Health will be giving the Keynote speech and sharing her first-hand experience in accessing medical care, especially those with severe physical disabilities and limited resources.

The conference will feature several sessions throughout the week. On March 1st the doors to the Exhibit Hall will open and conference goers can browse through the many innovative products and services on display. 

The annual Disability Awareness and Accessibility Technology Fair from UC Davis will be held on the UC Davis campus on Wednesday, October 12. This year’s theme is “Traumatic Brain Injuries: Myths and Realities.” Three UC Davis physicians will be presenting around this topic:

  • Eric Giza, associate professor of clinical orthopedic surgery and UC Davis Health System official team physician for the Sacrament Republic FC soccer team.  
  • Melita Moore, assistant clinical professor of orthopedics and UCDHS head team physician for Aggie athletics
  • Brandee L. Waite, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, director of the PMR Sports Medicine Fellowship and UCDHS official team physician for Sacramento Republic FC.

There will be several units from the UC Davis’ campus as well as outside vendors participating in the Accessibility Technology Fair. Free helmets will be offered by representatives of the “Helmet Hair, Don’t Care!” campaign.

Tim Berners-Lee, director of the W3C and inventor of the World Wide Web, thanked and encouraged fellow Web technologists to sustain his original vision of an open, interoperable and decentralized Web for everyone in the world in his keynote speech at the Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee (TPAC) in Lisbon, Portugal last week. Moreover, topping the technical discussions of the groups chartered by W3C regarding advancements to the Open Web Platform and industry requirements for the next generation of the Web was Accessibility.

Currently WCAG 2.0 is the standard for Web sites and has been adopted globally by many governments and organizations. Next steps around expanding features and chartering new work for WCAG 2.1 by 2017 were discussed.   This includes providing and even more robust horizontal review of all W3C standard with the goal of ensuring accesses for everyone. Also, ARIA 1.1 is ready to advance to Candidate Recommendations and is evaluating implementations.

For more on TPAC read GAATES article, “W3C Global Web Experts Plan Technical Roadmap for Future of Web.” 

London Accessibility is announcing that Alistair Duggin will be presenting the first talk at their July 27th meetup at the Angel Building, 407 St. John St, London, England. Duggin’s talk will be on “How do you make a website as big as GOV.UK accessible to the widest possible audience.”

Michiel Bijl will follow Duggin and talk about, “The ARIA Authoring Practices Guide: what is it and how does it help?” 

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The 31st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, known to people in the industry as the 2016 CSUN Conference, is being held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, CA from March 21 to March 26. CSUN, through the International Conference on Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities, provides an inclusive setting and hosts many groups including:

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Boston Accessibility is hosting a roundtable at the IBM Innovation Center on 1 Rogers Street in Cambridge Massachusetts. Jeremey Curry from AISquared will talk about the new, ZoomText Fusion.

ZoomText Fusion is a Magnifier/Reader with a complete Screen reader that is designed for users with advanced or progressive vision loss. It tailored for individual who, over time, want a smooth and safe transition from magnification to full screen reading.  

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