March 2010 Newsletter

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

Our March edition of the Conference Newsletter is packed with announcements, reminders, and exciting information that highlights the action you'll find at this year's event.

Orientation Tours for Blind/Low Vision Participants

In an effort to assist our attendees with the conference’s new location, we have coordinated a series of on-site tours during the conference week to help you navigate the venue. The dates and times of these tours will be posted on the conference’s home page shortly and you will be able to “save a seat” for the tour you want to attend. If you requested an alternative format program during your registration, we will remind you in a few weeks via email about the orientation tours.

GPS Concierge Service for Blind/Low Vision Participants

Virtual GPS technology is one of the best ways to explore a new area and it will be available at the conference! The CSUN GPS Concierge Service, hosted by The Sendero Group, will be located in the registration area where state-of-the-art navigation and location technology will be used to enrich your experience. We invite you to discover the multitude of entertainment options that San Diego offers for your enjoyment with this service.

Pre-Conference Workshops

We encourage you to check-out the selection of Pre-Conference Workshops offered this year. Our impressive roster of speakers is presenting in-depth presentations that focus on the most timely trends and up-to-date information in the disability and assistive technology fields. Come early and learn more and remember that seats are limited!

Keynote Address & Welcome Reception

Please be sure to join us in the Randle Ballroom on Tuesday evening, March 23 at 5:30 pm for the official opening of the 2010 Conference. Conference Chair, Dr. Harry Murphy, will host the 25th Anniversary celebration sponsored by IBM. Captain Ivan Castro is this year’s Keynote Speaker and he promises to deliver a truly inspiring and enlightening address, followed by the Strache Award presentation to Dr. Klaus Miesenberger and other “surprising” recognition announcements.

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

We are very excited to announce the Opening of our new Exhibit Hall conveniently located in the Douglas Pavilion on the lobby level of the hotel. Join us at the Opening Reception, sponsored by Adobe, on Wednesday, March 24 from 4-7 pm for your preview of the outstanding products and services presented by our exhibitors. With so much to see, be sure to save time during the following days to come back to the Exhibit Hall…and don’t forget to stop by the Conference Partners’ Tabletops located in the Exhibit Hall foyer…you’ll be amazed by the contributions and services provided by these associations and organizations.

2nd Annual CSUN Tweet-Up

We’ve joined the social media network world and we invite you all along too! If you want to be part of this growing trend, then RSVP for the 2nd Annual CSUN Tweet-Up in the Elizabeth Ballroom Wednesday night, March 24 from 6-8 pm. To see who’s tweeting about the conference, use the #csun10 tag. For the annual tweet-up, go to and see what the sponsors of the event (The Paciello Group, WebAIM, Adobe, Opera, Infoaxia, EMC, Blackberry and CA) have planned for that night.

U.S. Access Board Public Hearing of 508 Standards

The CSUN Conference is proud to announce that we will be hosting the U.S. Access Board’s Public Hearing on the proposed refresh of the Section 508 standards. The hearing will take place on Thursday, March 25 from 9 am-12 pm in the Elizabeth Ballroom. The Board will also be updating its guidelines for telecommunications products covered by Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act and proposing to revise its Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines to address access to self-service machines. For more information, please visit their website at

Project LOVE: CSUN to San Diego

We are thrilled to announce that Erik Williams, a recent CSUN grad, will be hand-cycling from the CSUN Campus to the Conference in San Diego in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the conference and in support of one of his charities, Project LOVE. On Tuesday, March 23 the CSUN Community will come together to celebrate Erik’s departure in a 2 hour festival coordinated by CSUN student, Luda Gogulushko. Follow Erik’s ride via Twitter and be ready to welcome him when he arrives in San Diego at the conference on Thursday, March 25.

Friday Featured Speaker: Kathleen Martinez

We are honored to welcome Assistant Secretary Kathleen Martinez as our Featured Speaker at the Conference. Ms. Martinez’s presentation will be held on Friday, March 26 from 12-1:30 pm in the Elizabeth Ballroom. She will address how the U. S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is leading President Obama's Call for Change by ensuring that emerging workplace information and communication technology (ICT) is accessible and interoperable for people with disabilities. Please join us for this very timely discussion and be sure to “save a seat” (session: OTH-1043) for this event in your conference notebook.

Poster Presentations: Project Possibility and San Diego State’s Tech Team

Please join us for a rewarding event Saturday morning, March 27 from 9-11 am as we showcase two student groups representing the best and the brightest, and the future leaders in our field. The teams of finalists from Project Possibility, sponsored by Microsoft, will be presenting their SS12 Coding Competition results and the SDSU “Tech Team” will share the projects from their Applications of Rehabilitation Technology graduate course. We invite you to join us in the Elizabeth Ballroom for an enlightening, educational, and interactive session with our elite group of student presenters.

For more information...

For more information about the 2010 Conference or any announcements in the Newsletter, please feel free to contact us at 818-677-2578 or

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Contact Information

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