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September 2021

TOMORROW’S THE DAY

The Call for General Presentations starts tomorrow and we look forward to receiving high-quality submissions and on a wide variety of topics.  Want more details?  Make sure to visit our Call for Presentations Overview to start prepping your submission.

Don’t forget, the Conference is also currently accepting submissions for pre-conference workshops that provide in-depth content and training for attendees.  The deadline to submit Pre-Conference Workshop Proposals is Tuesday, September 28.

JOURNAL CALL DATES EXTENDED

As a result of an outage on campus affecting our websites, we have extended the Journal Call for Papers by one week, now closing Tuesday, September 14 at 3:00 PM PDT.  Take advantage of this extra time and submit before it is too late!

CALL FOR REVIEWERS

We depend on a group of talented professionals to review all of the submissions. These reviews help us determine which submissions to accept for our General Sessions.  We are always looking for highly qualified and passionate colleagues in the accessibility and disability community.  We want to add new people to our esteemed group of reviewers before the end of the Call for Presentations on September 28.  If you want to be considered to serve on the review panel, please complete the interest form.

DID YOU KNOW?

Each year the CSUN AT Conference presents two awards at the Keynote Address.  The Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research is awarded to the best submission to the Journal Track.  So, be sure to submit your paper to be considered.  

The Strache Leadership Award acknowledges a leader in the field of disability and technology, who actively shines when it comes to mentoring and educating students.  If you know a worthy candidate, we are currently accepting nominations.  Visit the Strache Award Nomination page to submit before October 20.

UPCOMING DATES

September 14
Journal Call for Papers EXTENDED deadline
September 28
Call for Pre-Conference Workshops deadline
September 9 - September 28
General Call for Presentations
October 20
Strache Award Nomination deadline
November 2 - November 30
Presenter Registration

August 2021

IT IS ALMOST TIME…

We are excited the Call for Journal Papers and Pre-Conference Workshop Proposals open one week from today, on Thursday, August 19.  Following that, the Call for General Presentations will open on Thursday, September 9.  We look forward to receiving high-quality submissions and encourage a wide variety of topics.

THE TIME IS HERE

Sponsorship Opportunities have opened up for the 2022 Conference.  Check out all of the new ways you can increase your presence and brand awareness.  As a sponsor, you will join other industry leaders by supporting the community and the conference.

WE’VE MADE SOME CHANGES...

As mentioned in our last newsletter, we listened to your feedback and are trying to streamline things for presenters and attendees.  First, instead of keywords and categories to identify presentations, there will be just a comprehensive list of topics.  We hope this will help presenters better identify and describe their content, while improving the search function for attendees.

Also, we’ve created Presenter resources to provide useful information about the submission process, registration, and presenting.  Presenters can find these details about policies, deadlines, presenter benefits, registration, and more on the website at Presenter Information and Presenter FAQ.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Center on Disabilities does not receive any funding from the State of California or the University.  It is entirely through conference registrations, sponsorships and exhibitor fees that we are able to operate and host the Conference, which is why we ask presenters to pay a reduced conference registration.  Presenters receive the same complete access to all conference activities and events as attendees.  Their participation is highlighted at the conference and grants a level of prestige among their peers and colleagues in the community.

HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE

As we plan to return in-person for the 2022 Conference, the health and safety of all of our attendees, vendors, staff and community are our top priority.  For the latest update on the Conference’s policies, please refer to our Health & Safety statement.

July 2021 - CHANGE IS IN THE AIR

WE HEAR YOU AND WE ARE LISTENING

Since the 2021 CSUN Conference concluded, we have conducted surveys and focus groups with our stakeholders to help us improve the conference experience.  We appreciate the input and feedback we received and are starting to build on it to initiate changes and improvements.  We encourage you to help us continue to shape the future of the conference so we can continue to provide a valuable experience for all of our participants.

As we approach the Calls for Journal Papers and General Sessions Presentations, we would like your help.  We are updating the topics for the presentations’ content and want to hear what the community thinks we should consider adding or changing.  We have a quick (5 minute) survey that we hope you will complete so we can gather your input.  Please complete the survey before Saturday, July 24, 2021.

HERE’S WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON…

In the past, the conference has been unable to provide slides or handouts from presentations because we could not guarantee their accessibility and meet the standards required by the university and our constituents.  We are currently looking at ways that would make these documents available to all attendees.

DID YOU KNOW?

As a forum for the exchange of ideas and collaboration among stakeholders, the CSUN Conference has been a conduit for Research & Development to transform into products and practices.  Since 2013, the CSUN Center on Disabilities has included a Journal Track at the CSUN Conference to meet the interests of the scientific community.  The Journal Track is meant for those in the scientific and research community to present their work, and the proceedings of those presentations are published in the open-access Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities.  With over 100,000 downloads, the Journal is a global platform for authors to highlight their work.  The Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities is the exclusive conference publication of works presented at the CSUN Conference, and those interested in publishing should submit to the Journal Call for Papers.  We invite those in the scientific and research community to take advantage of the CSUN Conference Journal Track for presenting and publishing valuable work.