Special Events & Announcements

The Fred Strache Leadership Award

Photo of Dr. David H. Rose

Location
Harbor Ballroom, 2nd Floor
Date
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at Keynote Address

We are honored to announce that this year’s Strache Leadership Award Recipient is Dr. David H. Rose. Dr. Rose is a developmental neuropsychologist and educator whose primary focus is on the development of new technologies for learning. In 1984, Dr. Rose co-founded CAST, a not-for-profit research and development organization whose mission is to improve education, for all learners, through innovative uses of modern multimedia technology and contemporary research in the cognitive neurosciences. That work has grown into the field called Universal Design for Learning which now influences educational policy and practice throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Rose also teaches at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education where he has been on the faculty for almost 30 years. The Strache Leadership Award will be presented to Dr. David Rose at the Keynote Address on Tuesday evening.

Featured Presentations

Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy

Location
Harbor Ballroom C, 2nd Floor
Date
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time
12:00 pm

Please join us when Kathleen Martinez will host a presentation on the U.S. Department of Labor's efforts to promote the development and adoption of accessible workplace technology by America's technology providers and employers. During this featured presentation, Ms. Martinez will update attendees on the agency’s efforts related to new rules under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and their potential impact on accessible online job applications and other workplace technologies. She will also explore new online tools from ODEP’s Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), as well as recent collaborations with other federal agencies to ensure the accessibility of social media.

 

Copyrights and Third Party Captioning: Challenges and Solutions

Location
Harbor Ballroom C, 2nd Floor
Date
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time
4:20 pm
Moderator
Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict)
Presenters
  • Harris Cohen, Associate Product Counsel, Google/YouTube
  • Blake Reid, Assistant Clinical Professor, Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic, Colorado Law
  • Mark Richert, Esq., Director, Public Policy, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
  • Andrew Phillips, Policy Counsel, The Law & Advocacy Center of the National Association of the Deaf

The proliferation of inaccessible video contents of the Internet creates the need for third party captioning via automated or human processes, including via crowd sourced solutions. However, while those solutions provide the required accessibility to videos for deaf persons or those living with hearing loss, they can infringe on the copyrights of the owners of audio-visual contents, creating a conflict between disability and copyright laws. After conducting an in depth research on this topic with legal experts, industry and disability advocates, G3ict will publicly release at CSUN 2014 the report which will serve as the foundation for a global dialogue on solutions that could be adopted in the U.S. and internationally to solve those issues. The presentation will include perspectives from stakeholders. Audience participation (questions and answers) will be welcomed if time permits.

Exhibit Halls Opening & Reception

Location
Grand Hall, 1st Floor
Date
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time
12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

We are very excited to announce that our Exhibit Hall in the Grand Hall will open on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 12:00 - 7:00 PM. There will be an opening reception at 12:30 pm. 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!

Sponsor News & Events

Comcast

Location
Harbor Ballroom C, 2nd Floor
Date
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time
6:00 PM

In your living room, in your office or on the go, Comcast’s products and services keep you entertained, connected, productive and secure. With your input, Comcast Accessibility is working hard to enable all of our customers to easily access and fully experience our range of products.

Join us for an evening of cocktails, light fare and demos of the latest accessible Comcast products on Wednesday, March 19 at 6:00 PM in Harbor Ballroom C. Experience Comcast entertainment and communications products, discover our improved self-help and customer support resources and learn about career opportunities at Comcast-NBCUniversal.

 

Amazon Kindle

Location
Cortez Hills A
Date
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Amazon Kindle invites you to “Play with Kindle Fire”. Come by the Cortez Hill A session room anytime between 8 am-5 pm on Thursday on March 20 to get hands-on with the all-new Kindle Fire tablets. Representatives from the Kindle Accessibility team will on hand to listen to your feedback and answer questions about Kindle Fire’s new and improved accessibility tools. Short demonstrations will be given throughout the day and start times correspond with conference general sessions.

CSUN Cyber Café

Location
2nd floor, near Registration

The CSUN Cyber Café, sponsored by The Paciello Group, is located on the 2nd 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!

CSUN Tweet-Up 2014

Location
Harbor Ballroom, 2nd Floor
Date
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

The 6th Annual CSUN Tweet-Up is taking place Thursday, March 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Harbor 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!

WebAble TV

We are pleased to announce that WebAble TV is our official conference webcaster. The WebAble TV team will be conducting interviews with sponsors, exhibitors and featured presenters, as well as recording several general sessions. For more information please visit the WebAble TV website.

Student Poster Session

Several groups of graduate students will be presenting their work on assistive technology projects on Friday at noon in a student poster session outside the Exhibit Hall in the Grand Hall Foyer. This year the poster session will feature student projects from San Diego State University, St. Augustine University’s Occupational Therapy Program and Grossmont College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Please join us to see these exciting projects and talk with future colleagues in our fields.

SS12 Code for a Cause Finals – Project:Possibility

Location
Harbor Ballroom, 2nd Floor
Date
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time
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 Harbor Ballroom.