The second annual Effective Access Technology Conference will bring together experts to share ideas and innovative solutions to the challenges in applying technology to improve access for people with a variety of disabilities.
Rochester Institute of Technology is partnering with Al Sigl Community of Agencies and Nazareth College to organize the two-day conference, set for June 17 and 18 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
The conference, which is open to the public, kicks off at 8 a.m. June 17 featuring keynote speakers, poster presentations, exhibits, plenary sessions and a dinner. The conference goes from 9 a.m. to noon June 18, concluding with awards presented for the best access technology and best poster.
“This conference is a way to bring people together who are working toward a common goal of creating access for people with disabilities,” said Ryne Raffaelle, RIT vice president for research and associate provost. “With the significant increase in the number of veterans living with service-related disabilities, persons suffering from cognitive challenges, as well as the growing elderly population, the need is greater than ever to provide truly effective access. And with the wealth of new technologies in development, there is no better time than now.”
RIT currently has more than 60 effective access technology projects underway and is conducting nearly $16 million in sponsored research. To see some of the projects RIT researchers currently have in development, many of which will be on exhibit at the conference, go to http://bit.ly/RITAccessTech.
Among the highlighted speakers at the conference:
Exhibitor space is still available. The registration fee is $50 to attend conference sessions and dinner. There is a student rate of $40. To register or get more information on the conference, log on to www.rit.edu/access.
Al Sigl Community of Agencies is the gold sponsor of the conference. Silver sponsors are ABVI and Heritage Christian Services.
Paradigm Environmental Services Inc. is sponsoring the Paradigm Award for Access Technology. The prize will be given to the exhibitor whose technology is chosen by a panel of judges to be most innovative, most supportive of access and provide the best business opportunity. The winner will receive a meeting with an angel investor group and rent-free space in RIT’s Venture Creations incubator.
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