Fall 2008

Greetings from the Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge!

We hope you are enjoying the year as we start to say good-bye to 2008. It's hard to believe that it's Thanksgiving already and the start of the holiday season has begun. Before we all get too busy, we thought you might like to catch up on what's happening here and with the 2009 CSUN Conference plans.

Call for Papers Closed - Speaker Notifications

The Call for Papers for the 2009 Conference has ended. The Program Committee has been reviewing the large number of submissions and is preparing to conclude this project within the next week or two.

We want to thank all of you who took the time to submit a proposal to present at this year's conference. We apologize for the delay in notifying speakers, but due to the large volume of papers, the review process took longer than anticipated.

Speaker acceptance notices will be arriving via email starting the week of December 1st.

Pre-Conference Workshops

We are in the final stages of compiling our impressive roster of experts who will be presenting in-depth information on the latest issues and future trends in the areas of disabilities and technology.

The 2009 Pre-Conference Workshop schedule will be posted on the conference web site shortly. Please check the site at www.csunconference.org to review the program.

Keynote Address - Tuesday Evening

Please mark your calendars for this year's Keynote Address at the Conference which will be held March 17, Tuesday evening, at 5:30 pm.

We are pleased to introduce the Honorable Anthony Coelho as our Keynote Speaker for the 24th Annual International Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities to be held in March 2009. Renowned for his leadership and support to the disability community as one of the primary authors and sponsors of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Mr. Coelho served for six consecutive sessions of Congress, and has pursued careers in business and public service while remaining very active within the disabilities community. He is the current Vice Chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities Board and is the immediate past chair of the Epilepsy Foundation. Mr. Coelho will bring his expertise and passion to bear when he addresses the conference on the state of affairs in the area of public policy and persons with disabilities.

Put Our "Date" on Your Calendar!

The Center on Disabilities is proud to announce the premiere of the DATE Symposium at this year's conference. Held in conjunction with the CSUN Conference, DATE represents Design, Access, Technology, and Education for its issues and mission. This full-day program will focus on these vital areas and the impact and possibilities for baby-boomers with aging-acquired and/or related disabilities' needs, the aging workforce, and universal design for all.

Dr. Mary Furlong, the well-known boomer expert and author, will be DATE's featured lunch speaker. Additional sessions presented by the cutting-edge innovators and corporate leaders dealing with the aging population, technology, and current and future trends in research will be announced shortly.

The DATE Symposium will be held on Friday, March 20, 2009 as a special event within the CSUN Conference. DATE - Design, Access, Technology, and Education - will feature an impressive roster of speakers addressing the issues of the aging population and the significant demands and services they present that overlap those for people with disabilities.

Gail Sheehy, best-selling author and lecturer, will convene the DATE Symposium as the Keynote Speaker at 9:00 A.M. on Friday morning. Please visit the conference web site for more information on DATE and the up-coming announcement of the symposium's presenters.

New Exhibitors

Please join us in welcoming the following companies who will be exhibiting at the 2009 Conference for the first time, or returning to our event:

  • Accessibility Laboratory, Computer Science Dept., Stony Brook University
  • Accessible Information Management LLC
  • Atomic Learning
  • Aumed Corporation
  • Ca. Health Incentives Improvement Project (CHIIP)
  • Don Johnston Inc.
  • Elmo USA Corp.
  • Eurobraille
  • Ginger Software
  • Guerilla Technologies, Inc.
  • InfoCor
  • Intel Health
  • Knetwit Inc.
  • LC Technologies
  • MacSpeech Inc.
  • Monarch Teaching Technologies
  • QuickCaption
  • RJ Cooper and Associates, Inc.
  • SAJE Technology
  • Sendero Group, LLC
  • Telesensory
  • The Key Connection
  • Ultrathera Technologies
  • XML- Tekst

Coming Soon - Two Master Degree Programs in Assistive Technology!

California State University, Northridge will soon be offering two groundbreaking Master of Arts programs. The curriculum for the two degree programs - one in Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering and the other in Assistive Technology and Human Services - have been developed and are going through the degree approval process. The programs will be offered in a cohort format with students in both degree programs taking four core courses together and then taking specific courses for their degrees with their individual cohorts. This design will enable engineers, computer scientists and related professionals to understand the context of disability, usability and design for all, while at the same time introducing the human services professionals to the field of assistive technology from the perspective of their colleagues in engineering and computer science fields. More details about the two programs expected to accept the first cohort of students in 2010 will be available at the 2009 Conference.

For more information about the Center on Disabilities, the 2009 Conference or any announcements in the Newsletter, please feel free to contact us at:


We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season!

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