Greetings from the Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge!
The Conference Newsletter for the 2017 event is packed with announcements, reminders, and exciting information that highlights the action you’ll find at this year’s event.
Registration & Check-In
The Conference Registration Area is located in the Seaport Ballroom Foyer on the 2nd floor. Self-service check-in is as easy as 1-2-3. Just enter the email address and password you used when you registered and we’ll print out your conference badge and give you your tote bag and program materials so you can begin your conference experience. Plan early and register now for the conference. Don’t forget to visit the Literature Distribution Kiosk in the registration area for news from Sponsors and Exhibitors; a second Kiosk will be in the Exhibit Hall.
Please remember that your Conference Badge is your “permit” to access what you’ve registered for so we encourage you to treat it the same as the cash value of your registration. The CSUN AT Conference will replace a lost Conference Badge only once for a fee of $25.00. Additional replacements will be charged the full conference fee.
Please be advised that unauthorized recordings of any nature are strictly prohibited and cell phones and mobile devices should be turned off or silenced in consideration of others. This policy extends to all official activities being held in any location of the hotel that is deemed part of the event (sponsor suites/function rooms, presentation rooms, Exhibit Hall, etc.).
We encourage you to check-out the selection of Pre-Conference Workshops offered this year, so that you can come early and learn more! Several of these are already at their maximum attendance so please register as soon as possible.
CEUs will be provided by San Diego State University (SDSU) for $35 per 1.0 contact hours paid directly to SDSU (1.0 contact hours is equivalent to 10 hours of participation). If you are interested in applying for CEUs please visit the conference website for more information at CEUs.
Please be sure to join us in the Seaport Ballroom on Tuesday evening, February 28 at 5:30 pm for the official opening of the 2017 Conference, hosted by Conference Chair, Michael Paciello. Our Keynote Address this year will be delivered by Dr. Kellie Lim. Although Dr. Lim has faced many challenges and obstacles due to her physical disability, she never allowed this to interfere with her career ambitions. Her hopes to encourage others to achieve their goals, no matter what the circumstances should prove to be an inspiring Keynote Address.
The presentation of The Fred Strache Leadership Award to Dr. Clayton Lewis will follow the keynote address and then special announcements and conference highlights will be provided by Mr. Paciello to kick off your busy conference week.
Please Note: for those unable to attend the Keynote Address it will be streamed live on YouTube.
Mark your calendars for the Opening of the 2017 Exhibit Hall. Our tradition continues as the Exhibit Hall’s special hours on Wednesday, March 1 are from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Thursday and Friday hours are 9:30 am – 5:30 pm. Please be sure to make time to visit our Exhibitors in the Grand Hall during these days and times. As always, the Exhibit Hall is free and open to the public.
2017 Conference Sponsors
It goes without saying…but we never get tired of saying it…thank you to all of our valuable Conference Sponsors! Many of the services and events at the conference are provided through the commitments of:
- ABILITY MAGAZINE
- CAPITAL ONE
- DEQUE SYSTEMS
- DIVERSITYCOMM, INC.
- FREEDOM SCIENTIFIC
- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS COMPANY
- SSB BART GROUP
Please visit the Sponsor page for information on all of our Sponsors. But for now, here’s a sneak peek at some of the special events and activities some Sponsors have planned for you at this year’s conference:
Ability Magazine invites CSUN AT Conference participants to enjoy a free subscription to Ability Magazine
Amazon will present 13 sessions showcasing the accessibility features of their products & services. Attendees can play with Amazon devices at their exhibit booths, 420 & 422, and in the Alexa smart home located in Showcase Suite, Seaport C. They are also conducting on-site user studies. E-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you interested. Find their full schedule, including opportunities to meet the accessibility team, on their CSUN blog post.
The Microsoft team welcomes you to their Showcase Suite in Seaport Ballroom H where they will be hosting their sessions. Presentations will include product highlights, such as Narrator, Skype, and OneNote, accessibility research and innovation, and cultivating a company culture of disability inclusion. Throughout the conference, their accessibility engineers, program managers, and world-class researchers will be available at our booth #213 in the Exhibit Hall. Visit them and stay for 10-minute demonstrations or get help from onsite technical experts.
MICROSOFT WELCOMES YOU TO: Eat, Drink & A11y! Join them Thursday, March 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Seaport Ballroom H where they will welcome old friends and new, to meet the Microsoft team and have a great time!