Call for Papers 2008

Paper submissions are due Friday, September 21, 2007.
Call for Papers has been extended. Paper submissions are now due Monday, October 15, 2007.

23rd Annual International
Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
California State University, Northridge
March 10-15, 2008

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Overview of Call for Papers

The 23rd annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference invites submissions of papers for this conference to be held March 10 – 15, 2008 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott and Renaissance Montura hotels. The “CSUN” conference is the world’s longest-running and largest conference of its kind on the topic of assistive technology and the positive impact on persons with disabilities. The conference draws more than 4,500 persons annually who attend sessions, visit the exhibit halls, and participate in affiliate meetings and informal gatherings.

A wide variety of submissions are encouraged in the topic areas outlined below. The list is suggestive of the types of papers for consideration, but by no means restrictive to these specific areas. Reviewers will be looking for proposals in the general domains of new concepts concerning hardware and software, adaptive devices, access to technology, training programs, results of research, and overall best-practices in any area of assistive technology.

The conference strives to present a best-practices approach for the education of students, professionals and consumers involved with the many aspects of technology and disability. Your experience, gained through practical applications and/or research, is vital to the promotion of effective assistive technology practices on a widespread basis.

General Session presentations are 30 or 60 minutes in length and are scheduled for Wednesday, March 12, Thursday, March 13, Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15. In submitting a paper for consideration, speakers agree that their paper may be scheduled at any time, on any of these days, at the discretion of the conference management.

Paper submissions are due Friday, September 21, 2007
Call for Papers has been extended. Paper submissions are now due Monday, October 15, 2007.

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Program Committee

All papers are reviewed and selection is made by a Program Committee composed of researchers, academicians and practitioners in the field of assistive technology. The members of the Program Committee are:

  • Dominique Burger, INSERM - UPMC University, Paris
  • Mary Ann Cummins-Prager, California State University, Northridge
  • Richard Devylder, Department of Rehabilitation, State of California
  • Douglas Gillan, North Carolina State University
  • Gopal Gupta, University of Texas, Dallas
  • Russ Holland, Alliance for Technology Access
  • Arthur I. Karshmer, University of San Francisco (Chair, Program Committee)
  • Klaus Miesenberger, Johannes Keppler University
  • Harry J. Murphy, Founder, Center on Disabilities
  • Enrico Pontelli, New Mexico State University
  • S.K. Ramesh, California State University, Northridge
  • Jaime Sanchez, University of Chile

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Topics of Interest

The following lists of topics, while of direct interest to the conference, should not be considered as limiting the submission of interesting papers on related topics. Papers covering all areas of disability and all areas of technology are encouraged.

  1. AAC
  2. Aging and Disability
  3. Blind/Low Vision
  4. Cognitive Disabilities
  5. Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  6. Employment
  7. Internet/WWW
  8. K-12 Education
  9. Learning Disabilities
  10. Legal Issues
  11. Postsecondary Education
  12. Psychiatric Disabilities
  13. Other


  • AAC for specific age groups
  • AAC assessment
  • AAC funding
  • AAC for adult onset disabilities
  • AAC and literacy
  • AAC and low tech

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Aging and Disability

  • Specific AT technologies designed for the aging population
  • Successes and failures of integrating AT into the aging population
  • Funding of AT for the aging population
  • Assessment and Service Delivery
  • Protocols
  • Model Service Programs
  • Technology integration/transfer
  • Funding/procurement
  • Outcome Measures

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Blind/Low Vision

  • Technology applications in different age groups within blind and low vision
  • AT applications in congenital blindness
  • AT applications in acquired blindness
  • AT assessment for blind and low vision
  • AT funding for blind and low vision

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Cognitive Disabilities

  • Specific AT applications with cognitively disabled populations
  • AT applications with individuals with traumatic brain injuries
  • Matching accommodations to individual needs of persons with cognitive disabilities

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Specific AT and outcome measures for deaf and hard of hearing
  • Creative use of mainstream technologies for deaf and hard of hearing
  • Integrating of AT into appropriate environments for deaf and hard of hearing
  • Making existing technologies accessible for deaf and hard of hearing
  • Culture and AT in deaf and hard of hearing

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  • AT integration with currently employed personnel
  • Integrating of new employees who use AT
  • Employer obligations for provision of AT
  • Identification of specific fields successfully integrated
  • Transitioning from HS or College into employment with AT
  • Model employment programs
  • Low-tech solutions in employment
  • Accommodating severe and profound disabilities in employment

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  • Accessibility features of Internet based information
  • Disability services provided via the Internet
  • Internet based information on disability and technology

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K-12 Education

  • Continuum of AT applications throughout the K-12 process
  • K-12 and low-tech solutions
  • Diversity of AT applications in K-12, i.e., Handhelds and portable word processors
  • Preparing the student for transitioning into college with AT from high school
  • Integrating of AT into existing curriculums
  • Accommodating severe and profound disabilities in K-12

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Learning Disabilities

  • Specific AT applications with learning disabled populations
  • Integrating of AT and LD students into mainstream classrooms
  • Matching accommodations to individual needs of the LD population
  • Transitioning AT with LD students as they grow and advance

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Legal Issues

  • ADA programs and AT
  • Section 508 issues and practices
  • Compliance with IDEA and AT
  • Legal mandates related to funding
  • Lemon Laws and AT

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Postsecondary Education

  • Preparing the environment for transitioning new students into college with AT
  • Improving overall computer literacy levels of disabled college students
  • Campus-wide accommodation issues
  • Model programs for campus-wide access
  • College campus curriculums with AT involvement
  • Accommodating severe and profound disabilities in postsecondary education

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Psychiatric Disabilities

  • Applications of AT with psychiatric populations
  • Computer education strategies for psychiatric populations
  • Multiple disabilities, including mental health, and AT
  • Compound effect of psychiatric disability when combined with other types of disabilities

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  • Papers that address additional topics in disabilities and technology

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Submission Guidelines

Please review following guidelines before starting a submission.

  1. Title of Paper
  2. 1-2 Sentence Descriptive Abstract
  3. Types of Session
  4. Equipment
  5. Length of Session
  6. Level of Session
  7. Selecting a Topic Track
  8. Proposal Summary

Title of Paper

Limit the title to 12 words or less. (Longer title will be edited.) The title of the paper must be concise and descriptive. It must accurately describe the content of the paper. Use of "catchy phrases" is not permitted.

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1-2 Sentence Descriptive Abstract

It is vital that the 25 word description reflect the content of the presentation. The abstract should include the basic content of the proposed session, the method for information delivery, and the source of the information. This abstract will be printed in the conference program. Please note, abstracts may be edited for length at the discretion of the conference organizers.

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Types of Session

Choose one type of session that best describes your proposal.

  • Macintosh Computer Lab
  • PC Computer Lab
  • Demonstration
  • Hands-On
  • Lecture
  • Panel Discussion

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Please note all session rooms are set theater style (chairs only), and are equipped with a projection screen, a color projection unit, one lavaliere microphone, and one hand held microphone. The following technology maybe requested:

  • Windows PC
  • Apple PC
  • Internet Access
  • NTSC Format VCR
  • DVD Player
  • Easel, Pad, and Markers

Presenters of accepted labs will be contacted by conference staff no later then Friday November 30, 2008 about lab setup. If equipment is not listed, it is the responsibility of the presenter to acquire.

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Length of Session

Session lengths are 30, 60, and 120 minutes. 60 minute sessions are open to all varities of session. Only exhibitors may choose 30 minute sessions. Only presenters of labs may choose 120 minute sessions.

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Level of Session

Carefully choose one level that best meets the typical audience for your subject matter.
For those just entering the field of assistive technology and have little or no experience in the field.
For those who have been working in the field of assistive technology for 5 years + and have a general understanding and knowledge of AT.
For those that are considered very knowledgeable in the topic area covered.

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Selecting a Topic Track

Choose one topic that best fits your proposal (see Topics of Interest). If topic is not listed, please indicate in "other."

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Proposal Summary

Each proposal submission must include an electronic copy of the proposal summary. Accepted formats are:

  • Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Microsoft Word Document (DOC)
  • Corel WordPerfect Document (WPD,WP,WP5,WP6)
  • UTF-8 or ASCII Text File (TXT)

Note: Complete text of the accepted papers will be requested after the conference.

The proposal summary should be no less than 500 words, no more than 1500. It must include the title, name(s) of presenter(s) and/or author(s) and their contact information, summary of the paper, and any references and/or endnotes. It is the responsibility of the speaker(s), author(s), and presenter(s) to provide an accessible document. Documents that are not accessible may not be reviewed.

Prepare the propsal summary as follows:

  1. Left align document
  2. Start with the title of the paper using all UPPERCASE letters
  3. List all presenters/authors and their contact information
  4. Body of the paper
  5. Close with endnotes and/or references
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    Call for Papers starts Wednesday, July 18, 2007
    Deadline to Submit is Monday, October 15, 2007.
    Notification of Acceptance is by Wednesday, October 31, 2007

    If your require assistance with the submission process, please contact our conference staff at or call 818-677-2578.

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