About the Conference


The 2007 Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, held March 19-24, has concluded.  The event was a successful experience for more than 4,000 attendees, speakers and exhibitors. 

We want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s conference and hope you enjoyed the educational sessions, innovative exhibits and invaluable networking and exchange of information as much as we did. 

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at next year’s event


2007 Conference Keynote Speaker: John Kemp

We are proud to announce that John D. Kemp, one of the most well-known and respected advocates in the national disability civil rights movement, will be addressing the power and significance of assistive technology in his keynote address. As a person born without arms and legs, John inspires others to achieve the impossible through knowledge, experience, vision, personality, and persistence.

With more than 30 years of experience in the disability movement, Mr. Kemp currently serves on the Medicaid Commission and the State Department's Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities which guides the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the Agency for International Development (USAID) on the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and assistance with respect to people with disabilities.

Recently selected as the 2006 Henry B. Betts Award recipient, Mr. Kemp will enlighten you with his passion, opinions, experiences and humor.

The Aging Track

Experts in the field of aging-related or aging-acquired disabilities will share their knowledge and the latest trends. The Renaissance Hotel is the site for this new track!

The 2007 USSAAC Biennial Conference

Building ADVOCACY Skills: Encourage, Inform, Inspire! USSAAC's exciting program is being offered in collaboration with the CSUN Conference. For information on AAC courses, events and registration, please visit the USSAAC home page at www.ussaac.org


The newly-appointed, single largest advisory committee ever formed by the federal government's Access Board, TEITAC, will convene at the 2007 Conference. A panel discussion addressing Section 508 (Electronic & Information Technology Act) and Section 255 (Telecommunications Act) for people with disabilities will be held at the conference. Also, exclusively for Conference attendees, TEITAC members will host a venue to provide handouts, Q & A's, bulletin boards and the latest information on these sections.

Higher Education

Information about the California State University’s Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) will be presented. The CSU system, with 23 campuses, is the largest 4-year public institution in the nation. The mandate of the state ATI is to help campuses implement accessible technology to all CSU students, faculty, staff and the general public. Conference speakers who deal in this field will have the opportunity to present to this group in a special meeting.

Young Researchers Consortium

General Sessions presented by selected students in advanced degree programs will be presenting their research, findings, and general studies in relation to Assistive Technology.

Taking Steps Toward an Accessible Future

Join IBM and the U.S. Dept. of Education to hear about ways to foster accessibility in university curricula and in important open-source software and standards. Gain insight into educational trends, preview the latest AT innovations from IBM research and meet the winners of the 2006 IBM Accessibility ODF Coding Challenge.

Conference Special Events

Logo of the 9th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe
October 3 - 5, 2007
San Sebastian, SPAIN
For more information please visit

Logo of International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs
July 9 - 11, 2008
Johannes Kepler University
Linz, Austria
For more information please visit

Contact Information

CSUN Center on Disabilities
Wayne Fernandes - conference@csun.edu
18111 Nordhoff St.
BH-110, Center on Disabilities
Northridge, CA
Phone: (818) 677-2578
Fax: (818) 677-4929