For greater than 35 years, California State College, Northridge’s Center on Disabilities has sponsored the CSUN Assistive Expertise Convention, generally known as the CSUN Conference, which is acknowledged because the premiere occasion within the subject of expertise for individuals with disabilities.
This 12 months, much more folks from all around the world — researchers, practitioners, educators, exhibitors and extra — will be capable of share information, new improvements and greatest practices to advertise inclusion for all because the convention goes digital.
The 2021 CSUN Conference has shifted its dates to March 6-14 to accommodate the digital format, and it’s anticipated to attract an excellent bigger viewers — as attendees can take part at their comfort. That includes three days of pre-conference workshops, adopted by greater than 220 normal instructional and journal periods and the opening of the Exhibit Corridor on Tuesday, the convention explores all features of assistive expertise.
“Though we might have needed to modify our format, our motivation for internet hosting the convention has not modified,” mentioned Sandy Plotin, managing director of the Center on Disabilities. “Our objective is to supply an atmosphere the place leaders within the subject, who’re dedicated to driving innovation in assistive expertise, can promote the latest enhancements and get enter from folks with disabilities.
“The digital format is the subsequent smartest thing to being on the convention in individual,” Plotin mentioned, “as it is going to present a better alternative for extra folks to take part. Now, as a substitute of getting to decide on between shows held on the identical time, attendees will be capable of view them on demand as soon as they’ve premiered.”
Attendees can even have the chance to work together with presenters in reside Q&A intervals.
This 12 months’s keynote deal with might be delivered by the Hon. Anthony “Tony” Coelho, who has spent his total grownup life serving to advance the lives of individuals with disabilities. A former six-term congressman from California, Coelho was additionally the first creator and sponsor of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (ADA) — an important piece of civil rights laws handed within the final 30 years. He has advocated for the ratification of the United Nations Conference on the Rights of Individuals with Disabilities and labored with President Invoice Clinton to ascertain the Workplace of Incapacity Employment Coverage on the U.S. Division of Labor. Coelho’s dedication to assist and advocacy continues to today, and he’ll share his experiences and concepts in his deal with.
Coelho’s keynote might be livestreamed and open to the general public. The final periods and journal shows will premiere following the keynote, as will the opening of the digital Exhibit Corridor.
As all the time, the Exhibit Corridor is free and open to the general public, along with registered attendees. This 12 months’s exhibitors will supply the newest expertise for individuals with disabilities and the chance for folks from all around the world to work together with suppliers of assistive expertise services and products in digital “cubicles.”
“One other bonus to internet hosting an internet occasion is that we get to supply featured shows every morning,” Plotin mentioned. “These reside periods, that are open to the general public, enable us to host thought leaders to current info and information that might be of curiosity to all attendees.”
For extra info on the 2021 CSUN Assistive Expertise Convention, attendee registration or registering for an Expo Customer Cross, please go to the CSUN Conference website.