Special Events & Announcements

The Fred Strache Leadership Award

Manchester Ballroom, 2nd Floor
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at Keynote Address

Photo of Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer

We are proud to announce that this year’s Strache Award will be presented to Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer at the Keynote Address. The Strache Award acknowledges the leadership of the recipient in the field of disability and technology with an emphasis on continuing education, working with students as an educator and mentor, while remaining a leader in their respective field through publications, presentations and research. Dr. Karshmer truly embodies these attributes.

Arthur I. Karshmer received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, The United States Air Force, the U.S. Army, Digital Equipment Corporation, AT&T, the US Department of Education, The German Government and the European Community to name a few. Dr. Karshmer has also worked at the National Science Foundation as a program director.

Professor Karshmer’s research interest are in the fields of the operating system-architecture interface, metropolitan area networking and computer interfaces for the handicapped. He has published numerous papers in these domains and regularly gives papers and invited lectures in the U.S., Asia and Europe.

Dr. Karshmer's work in the domain of helping blind students and professionals master mathematics using computer-based tools developed by his research group. The Math Genie was developed to help advanced blind mathematics while the AutOMathic Blocks System is designed for very young blind students to learn the fundamentals of arithmetic through beginning algebra. Dr. Karshmer has worked with other assistive technology research groups throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia.

Dr. Arthur Karshmer’s extensive experience, commitment and passion in the field of disabilities and assitive technology within the educational arena is an impressive demonstration of his worthiness as a recipient of the Strache Leadership Award.

Featured Session: CSUN Computer Science and Engineering Project

Join us on Wednesday, February 27 at 4:20 pm in the Manchester Ballroom for a special presentation by CSUN Professor C.T. Lin and his team of students. This exciting discussion will showcase their design for an intelligent wheelchair followed by a live demonstration!

Featured Speaker: Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor

We are very proud to announce that the CSUN Conference will be the site for an informative discussion highlighting the government’s progress and plans involving technology, accessibility and important issues for people with disabilities. The presentation will be held in the Manchester Ballroom on Thursday, February 28 at 2:00 pm.

Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, will host a presentation on the U.S. Department of Labor's efforts to use new technologies to better advance collaborative policymaking and outreach, as well as to promote the development and adoption of accessible workplace technology by America's employers. During this featured presentation, Ms. Martinez will update attendees on her agency's recent work and upcoming plans to elicit the views of the technology community and other critical partners in promoting universally designed ICT in the workplace.

ePolicyWorks: A Platform for Participatory Policymaking

This demonstration features the Labor Department’s ePolicyWorks, a new approach to disability employment policymaking that harnesses the power of interactive Web and collaborative technology. Featuring a series of online workspaces, a wide range of stakeholders can learn and contribute to the conversation about employment and disability policy, as well as access organizational and productivity tools. Built using Microsoft SharePoint (MOSS 2010) and supported by four virtual servers in a cloud environment, ODEP has been troubleshooting Section 508 accessibility and usability shortcomings to design a universally accessible online workspace. ePolicyWorks has established a model for future national policy-building efforts and reflects the Administration’s commitment to open government, heightened transparency, collaboration and participation.

Michael Reardon, Supervisory Policy Advisory for ODEP will discuss this topic at 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 28 in the Manchester Ballroom.

Exhibit Halls Opening & Reception

Douglas Pavilion, 1st Floor
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

We are very excited to announce that our Exhibit Hall in the Douglas Pavilion will open with a reception on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 12:00-7:00 p.m. This will be your preview into the latest and greatest array of AT products and services that will keep you coming back over the next 3 days!

CSUN Cyber Café

Windsor B, 3rd floor, near Registration

The CSUN Cyber Café is located on the 3rd floor adjacent to Registration. It’s the perfect place to check your e-mail, follow us on Facebook & Twitter, review the website for session changes or just surf to see what else is happening at the Conference!

SS12 Code for a Cause Finals – Project:Possibility

Manchester Ballroom, 2nd Floor
Saturday, March 2, 2013
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

We are pleased to announce that once again the Final Competition for Project:Possibility’s SS12 Code for a Cause will be held at this year’s conference. This exciting event will host the innovative open source projects the top teams from CSUN, UCLA and USC have created. A continental breakfast will be served following the presentations and judging, prior to the announcement of the First Place Team. We encourage you to mark your calendars for this important occasion to support the student teams and the time and work they have invested and join us on Saturday, March 2 from 9-11 am in the Manchester Ballroom.

CSUN Tweet-Up 2013

Manchester Ballroom, 2nd Floor
Thursday, February 28, 2013
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

The 5th Annual CSUN Tweet-Up is taking place Thursday, February 28 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Manchester Ballroom. Join the group and spread the word about your conference experience. We advise everyone to visit the web site, http://csuntweetup.com/ to RSVP and make sure you’re connected to the other plans and participation options the tweet-up sponsors have in store for you!

Silver Ribbon Community

Are you a member of the Silver Ribbon Community? Chances are, if you’re reading this and coming to the CSUN Conference, you already are! It’s a community that lives by a single and simple belief – and that is…Inclusion! For a more eloquent and heart-felt expression of what our community is, please visit: http://accessibilityribbon.org/

Silver Ribbons, provided by the courtesy of The Paciello Group, will be available at the CSUN Registration Area during the conference. Show you are a member in your thoughts, work and life and wear your Silver Ribbon with pride!

Art Exhibition Premiers at the Conference

We are extremely proud and fortunate to host our very first Art Exhibition at the 28th CSUN Conference. The Exhibition will be unveiled following the Keynote Address on Tuesday evening, February 26 at the Welcome Reception.

All the artwork that will be shown has been created by artists with disabilities. Lillian Bandak is a noted photographer, advocate and activist currently based in the San Diego area. She has been recognized for her outstanding photographs of the Middle East and Africa. We are also excited to showcase “Innermost China-the First American Exhibition of Chinese Artists with Disabilities”. These beautiful and unique pieces are currently on loan to Ability Magazine and they would like to share them with all of us.

The Art Exhibition will be displayed for the duration of the conference for your convenience and viewing pleasure.

An Amazing Evening

Deque is holding an Amazing Evening event at CSUN from 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesday, February 27th in the Deque Ballroom (Manchester C). Join us for light refreshments and some amazing entertainment:

  • Guitarist Mark Goffeney will be performing. Mark is an American musician from San Diego, California, known as “Big Toe” because, being born without arms, he plays guitar with his feet.
  • There will be an appearance by special guest Derek Rabelo, the star of the upcoming documentary Beyond Sight, the Derek Rabelo story.
  • And Deque Systems will be making some very special announcements you won’t want to miss.

An Amazing Evening T-shirt is required for admission. You can pick up your T-shirt at CSUN, before the event, in the Deque Ballroom. See you there!

Student Poster Session

The future is here! Please join us as we take a look at what the next generation of practitioners, researchers, counselors and other specialists in our fields are working on in the educational arena. Students representing San Diego State, Grossmont College, and St. Augustine University will be presenting and discussing their work at a Poster Session in the Manchester Ballroom on Friday, March 1 at 12:00 pm.