2017 Effective Access Technology Conference

Friday April 21, 2017

Call for Conference Papers and Posters

The goal of the Effective Access Technology Conference is to bring together innovators, researchers, service and health care providers, technology developers, and end users to share their innovative ideas, products and needs. 

Conference Papers presented as Posters allow authors to showcase research and development efforts that have been carried out to achieve the goal of providing this type of improved access for individuals with a Different Set of Abilities (commonly referred to as di-s-abilities).  This enables the presentation of activities that can include fundamental research, customer discovery, new product development, prototype fabrication, usability testing and many others to achieve this objective.  Examples of relevant topics include:

  • The development of hardware, software, or processes that assist individuals in daily living activities, the workplace, the classroom, the rehabilitation process and/or recreational activities
  • Research related to individuals with varying sensory, physical and/or cognitive abilities.
  • Topics related to the incorporation of technology to provide effective access such as universal design, needs assessment, and the interaction between individuals, service providers, developers and manufacturers.

If you think you are engaged in this type of work and would like to present it at the EAT Conference on Friday, April 21, 2017, then please submit a structured abstract of no more than 250 words that contains sufficient detail for review.

The deadline for Abstracts has been extended to April 9, 2017.  Abstracts should be submitted via submission form below.

Notice of Acceptance will be sent via email by end of the day on April 10, 2017.

Deadline to submit accepted papers/posters is Monday, April 17, 2017.

A thorough guide to abstract generation can be found in the Guidelines for Abstracts, ANSI/NISO 239.14-19, ISSN: 1041-565 available at http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/download.php/6609/Guidelines%20for%20Abstracts.pdf.  More specific abstract information can be found in the U.S. National Library of Medicine website discussion of “Structured Abstracts”.

Questions regarding abstract submission should be directed to Dan Phillips at dan.phillips@rit.edu.


  • All papers must be presented as posters.
  • It is possible to present a poster without an accompanying paper.
  • After the conference, authors will be contacted to ask if they would like to submit a PDF of their poster along with a PDF of a paper (up to 4 pages) about their project for archival storage in the publicly accessible RIT ScholarWorks research repository. http://scholarworks.rit.edu/conferences/ 
  • While the submission of a PDF of the poster is highly recommended, authors may decide if they wish to include a paper about their project for archival storage in the RIT ScholarWorks research repository


  • Posters should be a MAXIMUM of 4’ wide x 4’ high
  • Posters should NOT be foam core mounted.
  • Poster stands and t-pins will be provided.
  • Posters can be set up starting at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday April 20, 2017 and are to remain in place for the duration of the conference.  
  • Posters will NOT be kept for later pick-up after the conference ends.  
  • Please be sure to remove your poster at the end of the conference (5:00 p.m.).

The Papers and Posters Registration has closed.