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Conference Overview

Join us for the 36th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, March 6th through March 14th, 2021. For the first time, the CSUN AT Conference will be held virtually, giving everyone across the world the opportunity to experience the latest innovation, research, cutting-edge technology solutions showcased at the premier assistive technology conference.

The Conference will have live-streamed events, including the Keynote Address and Featured Presentations that will be open to the public. Registered Attendees will have access to over two hundred educational sessions that will be available on-demand. For more in-depth training and content, there is a broad selection of Pre-Conference Workshops offered via live webinar format.

In addition to conference sessions, the Virtual Exhibit Hall, open March 9th through March 13th, is free to the public and offers an opportunity to interact with companies who develop the products and services designed to promote inclusion for people with disabilities.

Conference Schedule

Please note that all times for the 2021 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference are in the Pacific Time Zone (PST).

Pre-Conference Workshops are scheduled for March 6-8, 2021 and will be offered in a live webinar format to pre-registered attendees.

The Conference will kick-off with the Keynote Presentation, to be live-streamed on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 8:00 AM.

Following the Keynote, a block of General, Exhibitor and Journal Track sessions will premiere each day starting on Tuesday, March 9 through Friday, March 12, 2021. Once a session premieres, it will be viewable on-demand until 5:00 PM on Sunday, March 14, 2021. 

Session blocks will be released at the following times (times are subject to change):

  • Tuesday, March 9 at 10:00 AM
  • Wednesday, March 10 at 9:00 AM
  • Thursday, March 11 at 9:00 AM
  • Friday, March 12 at 9:00 AM

Each day there will be 5 to 7 select sessions that will include live Q&A with the presenters and will not premiere on the block schedule. These sessions will premiere on a daily session schedule. The sessions with live Q&A will be available on-demand after their premiere day and time. The daily session schedule for those select sessions will be available in early February.

In addition to Conference Sessions, there will be Featured Presentations live-streamed on Wednesday, March 10, Thursday, March 11, and Friday, March 12, 2021 at 8:00 AM.

Virtual Exhibit Hall Hours:

  • Tuesday, March 9 - 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 10 - 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 11 - 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 12 - 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 13 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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.

  • Transferring or sharing event credentials is prohibited
  • All session recordings and live-streamed events are the sole property of CSUN. Please be advised that unauthorized recording, filming, or photography of any nature is strictly prohibited.
  • 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.
  • CSUN is not liable for any related financial expense, loss, theft, property damage or personal injury resulting from participating or attending any portion of the Conference.

Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker The Honorable Anthony “Tony” Coelho

Mark your calendars for this year's Keynote Address at the Conference which will be held virtually in a livestream, free and open to the public, on Tuesday, March 9 at 8:00 AM PST.

The Honorable Anthony “Tony” Coelho has spent his entire adult life helping advance the lives of people with disabilities. He calls this his “ministry” while those in the disability community call him their “voice” and “champion.”

Diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 22 years old, Mr. Coelho’s ministry is marked by significant milestones: primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — the most important piece of civil rights legislation in the last 30 years; advocating for the ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and convincing President Bill Clinton to establish the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor. Mr. Coelho continues to advocate for civil rights for individuals with disabilities by convincing President Barack Obama to issue an executive order enforcing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to hire people with disabilities as they have been doing since 1973 for women and minorities.

Mr. Coelho is a former six-term United States Congressman from California, elected in 1978 and serving until 1989. He served on the Agriculture, Interior, Veterans Affairs, and Administration Committees during his tenure, specializing in disability rights. In 1986, Mr. Coelho was elected House Majority Whip, the third most powerful position in the House of Representatives.

In 2018, Mr. Coelho founded The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation at Loyola Marymount University.  The Coelho Center will pursue a three-pronged mission: convening thought leaders to pursue positive change on disability issues; leveraging technology to advance the lives of people with disabilities; and creating a pipeline of lawyers with disabilities to populate the bench and hold elected office.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of both the Epilepsy Foundation and the American Association of People with Disabilities — two Boards he has previously Chaired.

Mr. Coelho’s contributions are impressive and numerous. The Keynote Address should be an enlightening and rewarding talk to kick off the 2021 CSUN Conference.

Please join us online on Tuesday, March 9th as we commence the 36th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference.

Featured Presentations

Featured Presentations are open to anyone for free. Featured Presentations will be live streamed on the conference website at the dates and times posted below.

Wednesday, March 10 at 8:00 AM PST - Accessibility in the Federal Workspace - Section 508 in 2021

Presenters will provide an overview of current policy developments around technology and how they affect the implementation of the Revised 508 Standards in the Federal workplace.  Representatives from the U.S. Access Board will offer guidance on how the Section 508 technical requirements are applied to evolving technologies, such as virtual meeting platforms, and the impact of the ICT Baseline on testing.


  • Bruce Bailey, IT Specialist, U.S. Access Board
  • Timothy Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology, U.S. Access Board
  • Katherine Eng, Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

Thursday, March 11 at 8:00 AM PST - Tech Accelerates Disability Resources in Disasters

The Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration (GADRA)  is spearheaded by the World Institute on Disability (WID), The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies and ONG Inclusiva. GADRA is more than an Alliance –  it is a disability social justice movement to disrupt the systemic exclusion of disability-led organizations from disaster resources and humanitarian relief. This approach to radical inclusion is good for people with disabilities, and the whole disaster impacted community.  The presenters will discuss how they have joined forces to match corporate and foundation humanitarian relief initiatives to accelerate resources to where and when they are needed most in the United States and around the world by merging macro and targeted response to become “glocal” – both global and local. Join to learn  how True Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) must include disability and how that must be achieved with an unwavering commitment to accessibility, including technology access in all aspects of adapting to our changing climate, extreme weather and before, during and after disasters like COVID-19, earthquakes, wild fires, floods, hurricanes and power outages.


  • Marcie Roth, CEO, World Institute on Disability
  • Tinamarie Duff, Bristol Myers Squibb, Global PBRG (People & Business Resource Group) Lead, DAWN (Differently-Abled Workplace Network)
  • Steve Ewell, Executive Director of the Consumer Technology Association Foundation
  • Tari Hartman Squire, CEO, EIN SOF Communications

Friday, March 12 - National Security and Accessibility: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Information and Communication Technology in the Intelligence Community

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 forms the cornerstone of government information technology inclusion efforts. The Rehabilitation Act provides a national security exemption from compliance for military command and control, weaponry, intelligence, and cytological information technology systems. However, agencies’ reliance on this exemption as a rule, puts Intelligence Community and agencies’ core values of inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity at risk.

Through this session, accessibility representatives from DIA, NSA, and ODNI will discuss information technology accessibility improvement efforts and experiences as an IT accessibility user. The Intelligence Community recognizes that we are missing out on accessing a significantly underutilized talent pool. Through exposure of these improvement efforts, we hope to encourage potential applicants to consider the Intelligence Community as an employer of choice.


  • Dr. Paula Briscoe, Senior Executive Management Officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Mr. Daniel Hetrick, NSA Information Communication Technology Accessibility Team Lead, Department of Chief Information Officer, National Security Agency
  • Ms. Deborah Kircher, Senior Executive, Intelligence Community Accessibility
  • Ms. Shannon Paschel, Information Technology Accessibility Program Manager, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Mr. Michael Waschull, Acting Intelligence Community Chief Information Officer/Deputy Intelligence Community Chief Information Officer

Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities

The CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Journal Track aims at involving leading researchers in the fields of Assistive Technology, Accessibility and Inclusion into the exchange and communication with all. We strive for scientific excellence and involve a panel of leading researchers as reviewers to come to an acceptance rate of about 50%.

The Journal Track publishes its proceedings in CSUN's Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities. The journal is a post-conference publication, giving authors time to finalize the paper after presenting at the CSUN AT Conference. To reach a broad audience, an open access approach has been chosen. The anticipated publishing of the journal is in late Spring 2021.

The Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities, Volume 9 draft (PDF) is now available for download.