Tuesday Feb 12, 2013

See Oracle at CSUN!

As we have been doing for more than a decade, the Oracle accessibility team is returning to the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (also known as the CSUN conference). This year Oracle is proud to be one of the conference sponsors. We are also hosting 4 sessions and participating in a fifth:
  1. Oracle Accessibility News on Wednesday, February 27, at 10:40am in the Edward AB room
  2. Accessibility in the ARIA-Enabled Siebel CRM on Wednesday, February 27, at 1:50pm in the Edward AB room
  3. Fixing Web Pages using JavaScript on Thursday, February 28, 10:40am in the Edward AB room
  4. Java Platform Accessibility: Java 7, JavaFX on Friday, March 1 4:20pm in the Manchester H room
  5. Panel: Inclusive Mobile for Everyone-Challenges on Thursday at 1:50pm in the Manchester B room (IBM's room)
If you are in San Diego February 27th through March 1st, please stop by one of our sessions and say "hello".

Thursday Feb 23, 2012

Oracle and AEGIS at CSUN

Spring has come early to California this week, just like the 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (more commonly known as the "CSUN Conference"). And just like last year, blooming wisteria outside my bedroom window lets me know that CSUN will take place next week.

This year Oracle is giving a presentation on Java & JavaFX accessibility, and I'm joining several AEGIS colleagues in giving 3 presentations on our work in the AEGIS project. Finally, I'm taking part ATIA's Accessibility Forum. Here's the full schedule:

If you are attending CSUN this year, I hope you'll stop by at one (or more) of our sessions and say hello!

Friday Mar 11, 2011

If the Wisteria is blooming, it must be time for CSUN...

Every year like clockwork, the Wisteria outside of my bedroom window starts to bloom the week before CSUN. And this year is no different...

This will be my 20th consecutive year of attending - and presenting at - the California State University of Northridge yearly Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, put on by the capable staff of the Center on Disabilities. And yet after 20 years, I can still clearly remember my very first conference, when I had just started working for Jane Berliss and Berkeley Systems, and at which I gave a presentation on our early outSPOKEN for Windows screen reader work alonside my co-presenter Josh Miele - just one month after my start in the accessibility field!

This year I am attending as part of a somewhat larger company, and I have a slightly different co-presenter...

On Friday March 18th I invite you to join the "Peter and Peter show", as Peter Wallack and I present The Latest in Accessibility of Oracle’s Platform, Technologies and Applications in the Emma B room. Among other things, we'll be talking about the Early Access release of the Java Access Bridge v2.0.2.

I also invited you to attend two interesting sessions from colleagues in the AEGIS project, who will be talking about and showing some of our research work there. AEGIS sessions:

As ever, there will be a ton of other great things happening at the conference - the "must attend" event of the disability technology field. On my calendar for the week are talks in building accessible mobile apps, progress in accessible TV and virtual environments, open source and free access solutions, and a number of the special events and talk. Oh, and also Josh Miele's talk.

See you at CSUN!

Tuesday Mar 13, 2007

See Sun at CSUN

Next week, March 19-24, is the annual California State University at Northridge 2007 Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (commonly known as the "CSUN Conference"). This year, as we have for the last decade, the Sun Accessibility team will be exhibiting and presenting at the conference. This will be my 16th consecutive year making the pilgrimage to the beautiful Los Angeles Airport Marriott hotel. The 2004 conference 3 years ago also marks my blogging debut.

This year a lot is going on at CSUN. In addition to our usual booth in the Houston room of the Marriott hotel (booth spaces #419 & #420), we are giving the following presentations:

  • Collaboration and Web Access using the Orca Screen Reader
    Sun will demonstrate how to use the open source screen reader Orca to access e-mail, calendar info, contacts, instant messaging, and web content.
    This session takes place on Thursday at 4:25pm in the "Atlanta" room of the Marriott hotel

  • OpenOffice.org Document Access using the Orca Screen Reader
    Sun will shown access to the graphical desktop, file system, and OpenOffice.org word processing/spreadsheet documents via the open source Orca screen reader.
    This session takes place on Saturday at 10:40am in the "Boston" room of the Marriott hotel

  • Topics in Java, UNIX, and OpenDocument Format Accessibility
    A discussion and demonstration of the latest in Java accessibility, desktop accessibility in UNIX, access to the open document format (ODF), plus ODF application.
    This session takes place on Friday at 1:45pm in the "Los Angeles A" room of the Hilton hotel

In addition to the Sun-hosted sessions, there are number of other sessions on topics apropos of Orca, OpenDocument format, and UNIX accessibility. Sun is even making a guest appearance in a few of them. They are:

  • Opening Doors with Open Source: Screen Reader Access to Linux/UNIX
    In this presentation, users will be introduced to the Linux and OpenSolaris operating systems, the OpenOffice.org office suite, and Orca: free solutions with the potential to bridge the digital divide by minimizing the cost of ownership.
    This session takes place on Thursday ar 3:05pm in the "Boston" room of the Marriott hotel

  • Obtaining and Installing Ubuntu Linux Using the Orca Screen Reader
    Ubuntu Linux has an accessible Live CD that enables users who are blind to try, and optionally install, Orca and Linux. In this demonstration, participants will learn how to use this CD, as well as how to configure Orca in Ubuntu and OpenSolaris.
    This session takes place on Friday 1:45pm in the "Atlanta" room of the Los Angeles Airport Marriott hotel.

  • Remote Access Bridge: Cross-Platform Accessible Remote Access to the Linux Desktop
    This multiplatform application allows blind or visually impaired users to easily access a remote Linux desktop running AT such as Gnopernicus, Orca, and LSR.
    This session takes place on Thursday at 9:20am in the "Atlanta" room of the Marriott hotel.

  • Creating Accessible Documents in OpenOffice.org
    OpenOffice.org (OOo) is a free, open-source office suite. This lab explores how to create the most accessible Ooo, HTML and PDF documents possible using OOo.
    This session takes place on Thursday at 1:45pm in the "Chicago/Dallas" computer lab of the Marriott hotel.

  • Tools for Improving OpenDocument Format (ODF) Accessibility
    The presentation describes accessibility advances and checking and screen-reader access tools for ODF 1.1 office documents.
    This session takes place on Friday at 9:20am in the "Denver" room of the Marriott hotel.

  • Talking MythTV: An Accessible Digital Video Recorder
    Come hear an accessible digital video recorder: MythTV with speech input and output. A model for the electronics industry and a tool for blind users.
    This session takes place on Friday at 4:25pm in the "Boston" room of the Marriott hotel.

  • Using the Linux Console on the Icon PDA
    We will demonstrate how to access and use the Linux console on the new Icon PDA being developed by American Printing House and Levelstar.
    This session takes place on Saturday at 12:00pm in the "Chicago/Dallas" computer lab of the Marriott hotel.

And if that weren't enough, you can browse a list of all of the CSUN 2007 general sessions to see what else might interest you.

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