Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15, 2019
Please Note: This is not a CAST-hosted event. Registration through CSUN is required.
For over 33 years, the Center on Disabilities, through the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, has provided an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users, speakers and other participants to share knowledge and best practices in the field of assistive technology.
Known as a forum that showcases cutting edge technology and practical solutions that can be utilized to remove the barriers that prevent the full participation of persons with disabilities in educational, workplace and social settings, the CSUN AT Conference is the largest of its kind in the world. CAST is pleased to participate in this important event.
- Design Thinking, Innovative Technologies, and UDL: A Recipe for Success!
Preconference: Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:30 pm PST
Presenters: Jose Blackorby & Janet Peters
You may have seen the fun Virtual Reality (VR) booths at the mall or amusement park. Or heard about the Makerspaces trends in schools. This emerging technology isn’t just fun and games. When it comes to education, it can be the motivator to engage and reach all learners in a classroom. This session will use lecture and small group format introduce and review the Universal Design for Learning framework and introduce the design thinking approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, experimentation, building things by hand, collaboration, and performance. Participants will then apply the theoretical knowledge received to hands-on practice creating learning experiences supporting all learners, including learners with disabilities or other marginalized populations. We will create a pop-up makerspace and virtual reality laboratory that will utilize Google Expeditions, 360° video camera, as well as design unique instruments and have a battle of the bands.
Please note: Preconference registration is required.
- Accessibility Makeover: How Faculty Can Improve Access to STEM Content
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 8:00 am PST
Presenters: Cynthia Curry & Luis Pérez
Be inspired to learn skills to make self-created K-12 and higher ed STEM curriculum materials, including documents, graphics, and videos, accessible to all learners.
- The Potential of OERs to Meet the Needs of Students with Disabilities
Friday, March 15, 2019, 8:00 am PST
Presenters: Jose Blackorby & Tracy Gray
OERs complement traditional learning materials, however, many remain inaccessible for students with disabilities. We will demonstrate how to ensure OERs are accessible for all learners.