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38th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Has Concluded

Access Denied: Implications of Unequal Access to Technology

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 2:20 PM PST  
Orange County 1-2  
Access to assistive technology plays a key role in allowing individuals with disabilities to work, live, and play in their community. Therefore, Center for independent living and university staff play a vital role in overcoming attitudinal barriers, identifying the correct assistive technology, finding funding, and advocating for needed training. When people with disabilities are denied access to assistive technology, it leads to increased outcomes of unemployment, not pursuing education, isolation, and reliance on others to perform tasks. The Assistive Technology Affordability Act, expanding existing assistive technology programs, and introducing assistive technology at an earlier age are just a few of the tools needed to turn the tide towards granting access for individuals with disabilities.  
  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Education
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
According to the Center for Disease Control there are more than 61 million people living with disabilities in the United States. Access to assistive technology for people with disabilities can be the difference between dependence verses independence.  
Primary Topic
Secondary Topics
  • Evaluation & Remediation
  • Independent Living
  • Law, Compliance, and Policy
  • School-to-Work Transitioning
Session Type
General Track  


  • Michelle McManus
    Penn State University
  • Christina Clift
    Memphis Center for Independent Living

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