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Conference Schedule

Monday, March 9, 2020

  • 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    Morning Pre-Conference Workshop Half-Day
  • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm      Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshop Half-Day

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

  • 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 12, 2020

  • 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 13, 2020

  • 7:30 am - 10:00 am    Conference Check-In
  • 8:00 am - 11:40 am    General Sessions
  • 9:30 am - 3:00 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 $290.00.
  • 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 presenters, 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 Dr. Rory Cooper

Mark your calendars for this year's Keynote Address at the Conference which will be held March 10, Tuesday evening, at 5:30 pm. A Welcome Reception will follow the Keynote Address.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Rory Cooper will be the Keynote Speaker for this year's conference. Dr. Rory A. Cooper holds several prestigious positions including Associate Dean for Inclusion and FISA & Paralyzed Veterans of America Distinguished Professor of Rehabilitation Science and Technology and Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the Founding Director and the VA Senior Research Career Scientist at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories. He holds an adjunct professorship at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University and is also a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

A prolific writer, he has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and three books, including the award-winning Care of the Combat Amputee. He has over 25 patents awarded or pending. Dr. Cooper's students have been the recipients of over 50 national and international awards. A Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and other scholarly organizations, he is the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.

In May of this year, he was honored in Washington, D.C., at the Smithsonian Institute Museum of American History with a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office inventor trading card and portrait.

Dr. Cooper's contributions are impressive and numerous.  The Keynote Address should be an enlightening and rewarding talk to kick off the 2020 CSUN Conference.

Please join us in the Platinum Ballroom on Tuesday, March 10th as we commence the 35th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference.

Strache Leadership Award

This year's Strache Leadership Award Recipient Tari Hartman Squire

Each year the Center on Disabilities recognizes a leader who has made a major impact in education and research. This year we are pleased to honor a tireless advocate of people with disabilities, Tari Hartman Squire. Her passion and dedication to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace, marketplace and media, demonstrates that she is truly a worthy recipient of the 2020 Strache Leadership Award.

As CEO of EIN SOF Communications, a disability-inclusive diversity strategic marketing firm, Squire leads disability-focused branding, employment consultation and The Disability Market Research Initiative for public, corporate and non-profits. Recent clients and partners include AT&T, Apple, BBDO, CBS, Facebook, Spectrum, Verizon Media and the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center.

Her signature project, Lights! Camera! Access!, connects media companies with aspiring tech and media professionals, filmmakers and storytellers with disabilities to increase employment in front of and behind the camera, to improve disability portrayals and access to media with captions and audio descriptions — Squire’s focus for decades since founding the Media Access Office as liaison between the disability community and entertainment industry.

As a result of casting discrimination during a temporary disability, Tari and other disabled actors spearheaded the Screen Actors Guild Performers with Disabilities Committee, and advocated for disability inclusion, 10 years before the ADA. She received the Media Access Visionary Award for her leadership in creating disability awareness within the entertainment industry and Leadership Awards from Women’s e-News, New Mobility Magazine and the Disability Community Resource Center.

The Strache Leadership Award will be presented to CSUN alum Tari Hartman Squire at the Keynote Address on Tuesday evening, March 10, 2020.

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

In addition to the General Track, the Annual CSUN AT Conference offers a Journal Track of sessions on research areas in assistive technology. The scientific community around the globe are invited to submit high quality papers on a variety of research topics that undergo rigorous review and the best are accepted for presentation and publication. This year marks the 8th Volume of the Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities to be published post-conference, in Spring 2020.

Each year the submission with the highest marks is recognized with the Dr. Arthur Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research. Award winners are honored 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.

The 2020 Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research is awarded to Towards Accessible Audio Labeling of 3D Objects by James Coughlan, Huiying Shen, and Brandon Biggs.

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 9, 2020 and Tuesday, March 10, 2020. These workshops are designed to give in-depth training on specific topics.

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.