March 1, 2004 Vol. VIII, No. 11



Internet Founder to Keynote Disabilities Conference

Communications Expert Vinton Cerf Will Look at Future of Assistive Technology for Disabled

Vinton Cerf, widely known as one of the fathers of the Internet(left), will discuss the future of assistive technology for the disabled at Cal State Northridge's 19th annual Technologies and Persons with Disabilities conference on Wednesday, March 17, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport and Los Angeles Airport Marriott hotels.

The conference, scheduled from Monday, March 15, through Saturday, March 20, is expected to attract more than 4,000 people from around the world to explore how cutting-edge assistive technologies can help people with disabilities.

"Dr. Cerf is a person with a hearing disability who realized early on in the process that the Internet could be a tremendous tool for persons with disabilities, himself included," said Harry "Bud" Rizer, director of Northridge's Center on Disabilities. "He is a nationally known scientist who understands disability and can help us look into the future."

Senior vice president of architecture and technology for MCI, the global communications firm, Cerf received the U.S. National Medal of Technology in 1997 from President William Clinton for his work in developing the Internet.

During two days of workshops, 375 speakers will address assistive technology topics including services to people with learning, vision or hearing disabilities. Speakers also will discuss how assistive technology can make employment, the Internet, KŠ12 education and postsecondary education more accessible to people with disabilities.

The general sessions conference package is $449.

Information and registration details are available at www.csun.edu/cod or at (818) 677-2578 V/TTY.


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