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Conference Schedule

Monday, March 11, 2019

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm      Conference Check-In
  • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm      Pre-Conference Workshop Full-Day
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm    Pre-Conference Workshop Half-Day
  • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm      Pre-Conference Workshop Half-Day

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

  • 8:00 am - 4:30 pm      Conference Check-In
  • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm      Pre-Conference Workshop Full-Day
  • 9:00 am  - 12:00 pm   Pre-Conference Workshop Half-Day
  • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm      Pre-Conference Workshop Half-Day
  • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm      Keynote Address & Welcome Reception

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

  • 7:30 am - 4:30 pm      Conference Check-In
  • 9:00 am - 11:40 am    General Sessions
  • 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm    Exhibit Hall Registration & Check-In
  • 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm    Exhibit Hall
  • 1:20 pm - 5:00pm       General Sessions

Thursday, March 14, 2019

  • 7:30 am - 4:00 pm      Conference Check-In
  • 8:00 am - 11:40 am    General Sessions
  • 9:30 am - 5:00 pm      Exhibit Hall Registration & Check-In
  • 9:30 am - 5:30 pm      Exhibit Hall
  • 1:20 pm - 5:00pm       General Sessions

Friday, March 15, 2019

  • 7:30 am - 10:00 am    Conference Check-In
  • 8:00 am - 11:40 am    General Sessions
  • 9:30 am - 4:30 pm      Exhibit Hall Registration & Check-In
  • 9:30 am - 5:30 pm      Exhibit Hall
  • 1:20 pm - 5:00pm       General Sessions
  • 5:30 pm                       Conference & Exhibit Hall Adjourn

Conference Policies

Please be advised that registering for the CSUN AT Conference denotes that you have read and agree to comply with the Conference Policies.

  • Conference Name Badges must be worn at all times during conference hours and in conference areas. 
  • Transferring or sharing badges with non-registered individuals is prohibited.  
  • The CSUN AT Conference will replace a registrant’s lost name badge one time only for a fee of $225.00.
  • Please be advised that unauthorized recording, filming or photography of any nature is strictly prohibited.   This policy extends to all official activities held in any location of the hotel that are deemed part of the event (sponsor suites/function rooms, presentation rooms, Exhibit Hall, etc.).
  • The use of the CSUN name/logo or Conference name/logo without prior permission or approval is strictly prohibited.  This includes usage in any marketing or advertising materials and social media or website posts. The Conference name may only be used in marketing efforts in the appropriate context of attending the CSUN Conference.
  • The selling and direct delivery of merchandise is strictly prohibited at the CSUN AT Conference.
  • Presentation rooms will close once the room capacity has been reached. 
  • Room capacities adhere to the Fire Code. Altering the existing seating is prohibited.
  • Out of courtesy for speakers, please refrain from entering and/or exiting once the presentation has started.
  • Cell phones should be turned off during all presentations.
  • CSUN does not provide letters of invitation or assistance with obtaining documentation for international participants.
  • Children under the age of 16 will be required to pay full registration fees to attend the CSUN AT Conference and must be accompanied by an adult registrant to access conference areas.
  • Children under the age of 16 may attend the Exhibit Halls at the conference.  They must register for the free Exhibit Hall pass and be accompanied by a registered adult.
  • CSUN is not liable for any related financial expense, loss, theft, property damage or personal injury resulting from participating or attending any or all functions at the Conference.

Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker Johanna Lucht

Mark your calendars for this year’s Keynote Address at the Conference which will be held March 12, Tuesday evening, at 5:30 pm. This year's Conference Chair, Jennison Asuncion, who is also the Program Chair for General Sessions, will host the Tuesday evening event. A Welcome Reception will follow the Keynote Address.

We are pleased to announce that Johanna Lucht, the first deaf engineer at NASA to take an active role in control room during crewed flight test, will be our Keynote Speaker. Ms. Lucht’s life, to date, is an impressive example of determination in overcoming obstacles and challenges. Ms. Lucht, born to a hearing family in Germany where resources for the deaf were limited, was not even discovered to be deaf until she was three years old. She learned her first true language, ASL, at the age of nine.

After moving to the United States, Ms. Lucht pursued her path to success graduating from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Computer Science. While studying for her degree, she discovered the NASA internship program, applied and was accepted. This is a prime example, as Ms. Lucht advises, for employers to keep an open mind and for deaf young people to follow your motivation.

Ms. Lucht’s Keynote will address society’s definition of assistive technology and challenge some of the existing perceptions of AT. She will also share her experiences, advice and potential advancements surrounding assistive technology as it relates to not only herself, but others in the community.

Johanna Lucht’s unique perspective and extraordinary accomplishments should prove to be an enlightening and inspiring talk to kick off the 2019 CSUN Conference.

Please join us in the Platinum Ballroom on Tuesday, March 12th as we commence the 34th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference.

Strache Leadership Award

This year's Strache Leadership Award Recipient Sean Keegan

Each year the Center on Disabilities recognizes a leader in our field who has made a major impact in education and research.  We are honored to announce that this year’s Strache Leadership Award recipient is Sean Keegan.

Mr. Keegan is the Director of the California Community Colleges Accessibility Center, a grant project funded from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and located at the CCC Technology Center at Butte College. The role of the CCC Accessibility Center is to provide training, resources, and technical assistance to faculty and staff of California's community colleges to improve access for students with disabilities. Prior to the CCC Accessibility Center, Sean was an Associate Director in the Office of Accessible Education at Stanford University, overseeing the alternate format production program and training students on assistive technology solutions. Mr. Keegan is the Past President of the Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN), an organization focusing on access technology solutions for students with disabilities in higher education.

Sean Keegan’s experience, dedication and passion demonstrates that he is truly a worthy recipient of the Strache Award.

The Strache Leadership Award will be presented at the Keynote Address on Tuesday evening, March 12, 2019.

About Dr. Fred Strache

Dr. Fred Strache had held many positions, including VP for Student Affairs.He was a very active and progressive administrator, but his primary emphasis was always on students. Regardless of the type of project discussed with him, he would be supportive, but always ask what the benefits to our students would be.

Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research

The 2019 Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research is awarded to Use of mHealth Technologies by People with Vision Impairment by Nicole Thompson, John Morris, Mike Jones, and Frank DeRuyter.

The Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research is awarded annually to the author(s) of the best submission to the Science/Research Journal Track of the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. Award winners are recognized for their exemplary submission and excellence in research and the advancement of assistive technology. It is with this award we honor Dr. Karshmer's extensive experience, commitment and passion in the field of disabilities and assistive technology, and continue his legacy of innovative research in the field of assistive technology.

Recipients of the Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research receive complimentary travel, hotel and conference registration for the contact author/speaker, while remaining authors/speakers will receive complimentary conference registration, and will be acknowledged at the Keynote Address on the evening of Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

About Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer

Dr. Arthur Karshmer received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. At the time of his retirement, Dr. Karshmer was the Chair of the Department of Analytics and Technology at the University of San Francisco. He spent his career researching assistive technologies for senior citizens and individuals with special needs. Professor Karshmer's research interest were 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.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. Please visit the Continuing Education Units page for more information.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Full-Day and Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered on Monday, March 11, 2019 and Tuesday, March 12, 2019. These workshops are designed to give in-depth training on specific topics.

Social Hub

The Social Hub is located Platinum Ballroom 1 during the dates and times listed below. It’s the perfect place to meet with colleagues or get some work done.

  • Wednesday, March 13 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 14 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Friday, March 15 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Room Temperature

Temperatures in session rooms vary. For comfort, it is recommended that layered clothing be worn.


It is recommended that you bring your favorite headset to gain access to audio output on computers at the conference.

Official Language

We appreciate the extensive participation of the international community in this conference. The official language of the conference is English.