26th Annual International & Persons with Disabilities Conference

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Conference Special Events & Announcements


Conference Special Events & Announcements

For your convenience, we have listed the special events, items of interest and exciting areas that you will want to attend and add to your Conference experience!

The Fred Strache Leadership Award

Photo of Alan D. MuirWe are proud to announce that this year’s Strache Award will be presented to Alan D. Muir at the Keynote Address & Welcome Reception. 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. As the Executive Director of Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD), Mr. Muir truly represents the mission and values of this award. After joining the University of Tennessee (UT) in 1998, Alan Muir recognized the disconnect between post-secondary offices of disability services and career services at universities across the country. With Dr. Bob Greenberg, then Director of Career Services at UT, he conducted research to document this anecdotal gap for the first time. Subsequently, Mr. Muir co-founded COSD and became Executive Director. Under his leadership, COSD experienced significant growth, bringing together member entities including universities, employers, and U.S. Government agencies to focus on career employment of college graduates with disabilities. Since 2005, COSD has been funded solely through corporate and foundation relationships developed by Mr. Muir. His outside involvement in disability and employment issues includes current memberships in AHEAD, Tennessee AHEAD, NACE and SoACE. Mr. Muir was the recipient of the 2004 AAPD / Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, a distinguished and highly competitive national honor. Community service involvement includes membership on the University of Tennessee Council on Diversity & Inclusion and the Board of Directors of the Disability Resource Center in Knoxville. Please join us as we present this very worthy recipient with the Strache Leadership Award.

2011 Trace Center’s Harry J. Murphy Catalyst Award: Klaus Miesenberger

Named for the first recipient, the award is presented to an individual “catalyst,” who causes change, makes things happen, and connects and facilitates interactions with their presence. This year’s honoree is Dr. Klaus Miesenberger, who epitomizes the traits of a catalyst who has inspired action, fostered the achievements of others, and contributed to the field of technology and disability. Chosen for the 2011 award, Dr. Miesenberger is being recognized for the pivotal roles he plays behind the scenes in enabling and advancing efforts of organizations and individuals with disabilities. Dr. Gregg Vanderheiden, Director of the Trace R & D Center will present the award to Dr. Miesenberger at the Keynote Address & Welcome Reception.

Exhibit Halls Opening & Reception

We are very excited to announce that our Exhibit Halls in the Douglas Pavilion and the Manchester Ballroom will open with a reception on Wednesday, March 16 from 4:00-7:00 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 three days. We know you will enjoy visiting our expanded Exhibit Halls!

Federal Communications Commission Hearing on the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act of 2010

We are pleased to announce that the FCC will be holding a public hearing on the 21st CCVAA which was signed by President Obama in October, 2010. It is the most significant disability accessibility legislation since the passage of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. We invite you to attend this session to learn what the Act will mean for people with disabilities. In spite of its importance, many people may be unaware of its provisions and the enormous potential it will have to enable access to 21st century communications and video technologies. This hearing will include presentations on the different aspects of the Act’s mandates and then provide audience members an opportunity to ask questions and make comments to assist the FCC in its efforts to develop rules for effective implementation. The Public Hearing is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, March 17 in the Manchester Ballroom from 9:20 am to 11:40 pm.

Public Forum on Information Technology in the Federal Sector

We are proud to host the members of the Chief Information Officers Council as they join the U.S. Access Board in conducting a Listening Session on ways to promote access to information technology (IT) in the Federal sector under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Explore the issues of emerging technologies in use by the government, how technology can improve access and opportunities for people with disabilities in interactions with the government and share ideas and concerns in this very vital arena. The Listening Session is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, March 17 in the Manchester Ballroom from 1:50 pm to 5:20 pm.

Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration for Jim Thatcher

Photo of Jim ThatcherJoin Deque as they celebrate Jim Thatcher and the significant contributions he has made in the field of accessibility. Be a part of the accessibility community's celebration of Jim’s success and fuel your passion to make the dream of a truly accessible web a reality. Jim Thatcher is often hailed as one of the founders of Web accessibility for his leading efforts to make the internet accessible to everyone. His historic development at IBM of the first screen reader, participation as a member of the U.S. Access Board to draft the Section 508 Regulations, and his ongoing effort to train Web developers on accessibility best practices have resulted in a more inclusive life for thousands upon thousands of people with disabilities. The celebration will be held in the Deque Showcase Suite in the Manchester Ballroom on Thursday, March 17 starting with a reception at 4:00 pm and followed by the Award Ceremony at 5:00 pm.

CSUN Tweet-Up 2011

The 3rd Annual CSUN Tweet-Up is taking place Thursday, March 17 from 6-8 pm in the Randle Ballroom. We hope you have rsvp’d for this exciting event that has been arranged and sponsored by The Paciello Group, WebAIM, Deque, Infoaxia, CA (Computer Associates), and Yahoo. This year’s Tweet-Up will mark the official inauguration of the Tweet-Up Band when we announce the winner of the “Name the CSUN Tweet-Up Band” Contest! We encourage you to rock out, get down and enjoy the musical offerings from some familiar conference attendees who “moonlight” as talented musicians at the conference.

SS12 Code for a Cause Finals

We are excited to announce that the Final Competition for Project:Possibility’s SS12 Code for a Cause will be held at this year’s conference. Sponsored by Microsoft, this exciting event will host the innovative open source projects the top teams from CSUN, UCLA and USC have created. Mark your calendars for this premiere occasion where the First Place team will be announced following the presentations and judging portions on Saturday, March 19 from 9-11 am in the Microsoft Showcase Suite.

Poster Sessions: San Diego State’s Tech Team

Please join us for a rewarding event Saturday morning, March 19 as we showcase a student group representing the best and the brightest, and the future leaders in our field. The SDSU “Tech Team” will share their projects from their Applications of Rehabilitation Technology graduate course in the Manchester Ballroom Foyer.

CSUN Cyber Café

The CSUN Cyber Café, sponsored by Google, is located on the 2nd floor adjacent to Registration. The perfect place to check your email, follow us on Facebook, update your Conference Notebook…or just surf to see what else is happening at the Conference!

Conference Meeting Schedule

For your convenience, a complete listing of all the meetings held during the Conference will be available.