CSUN Assistive Technology Conference #CSUN16

I recently attended the CSUN 2016 International Technology and Persons with Disability Conference. #CSUN16

This was a fantastic opportunity to learn, but also to meet individuals in our field. I felt like a Trekie at Comic-Con, but since I am sacrificing the one ticket I was able to get to Comic-Con to my 17-year-old daughter, I won’t be able to know what it feels like to be a Trekkie, Skywalker babe (made that one up), or LOTR geek at Comic-Con this year. So what I am saying is that my experience at CSUN’s conference was outstanding!

Does that mean I loved every session? Nope. There were some in which, I’ll admit, I was lost. I sat in a presentation on WordPress accessibility, and while I used WordPress, I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about. But what I took away from the session was the importance of designing accessible sites. I also ended up (by mistake) in a session where I learned about a text reading program for my high school students. Win, win all around!

The CSUN (assistive technology conference) Conference was also an excellent opportunity to meet individuals to grow my support network. I met some new local contacts as well as people all over the World. I had a fun impromptu lunch with a gentleman that works for Google in Spain. It was like Google Earth in person. I also got to meet reps for Proloquo2Go, Dynavox/Tobii, Boardmaker, and the CIA (yep). As I said, Trekkie at Comic-Con.

So why was this conference so inspiring for me?

Since I started my career as an SLP, I have been fascinated by Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). As I have grown in this area, I began to look into other areas of assistive technology for my clients. I recently took CSUN’s certificate program on assistive technology to learn more about how to meet the needs of my clients/students. Attending CSUN’s convention was a perfect opportunity to learn more about assistive technology.

I look forward to sharing my experience with you. #CSUN16

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