January 12, 2016

Accessibility Conferences 2016

Roughly 14 months ago, I wrote a post where I gathered up as much info as I could regarding digital accessibility conferences for 2015. Over the Christmas break, I was asked if I had plans on updating that post; the outcome is the following 2016 calendar.

Information is accurate at time of publishing, but may change over the course of the year. Please consult the host web sites for definitive dates and registration information.

Did I miss your favorite accessibility related conference? Please let me know and I’ll update this calendar with the details.



ATIA 2016

The Assistive Technology Industry Association (“ATIA”) is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services.

The ATIA Conference is the largest international conference showcasing excellence in assistive technology. It is the place to learn about advances in AT, stay on top of best practices and trends, and network with others in the AT industry.


American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference

The American Foundation for the Blind’s annual Leadership Conference covers the most pressing and relevant topics in the field of blindness and offers many opportunities to learn from the best and brightest minds in our field, make new connections, and reunite with old friends.

The AFBLC attracts established and emerging leaders in the blindness field. Conference attendees include technology experts, corporate representatives, university professors, teachers of students with visual impairments, orientation and mobility instructors, rehabilitation professionals, and parents. They come from diverse organizations and institutions spanning the public and private sectors, including school districts, schools for the blind, Veterans Administrations, hospitals, private agencies, and universities.

Techshare India 2016

Techshare India 2016 is presented in partnership with BarrierBreak,  National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB),UK. The conference and exhibition discusses accessibility and assistive technology at a national (India) level with strong international participation.

31st Annual CSUN Conference

For 31 years the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) 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.

In 2014, the conference drew more than 4,800 people to San Diego.

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 conference is the largest of its kind in the world.


The 13th Web for All Conference (W4A)

With the explosive growth of opportunities to learn online, the theme of the 13th International Web for All Conference is “Education for All on the Web.”

Funka Accessibility Days

The eighth annual edition of Funka’s Accessibility Days will take place April 13-14. At the conference, you will be able to listen to and get inspired by the world’s foremost experts on accessibility and usability, have the chance to network with your peers and visit our exciting showcase!

The program is interpreted to and from Swedish, Norwegian and English, Swedish sign language and written transcription.

Power Up to the Summit 2016 – AT Conference & Expo

The 2016 Power Up to the Summit is actually two conferences in one!  You’ll have the Missouri Assistive Technology (MoAT) Assistive Technology Conference and Expo AND the Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council’s (MOSILC) IL Summit both in a single conference.

The Accessible World

The Accessible World is the first and one of its kind conference being hosted in Philadelphia, PA that will provide a platform to several students, professionals and researchers to share their work on making this world a more accessible place. This conference will cover six different tracks: Technology, Education, Media, Healthcare, Recreation, and Government Initiatives and will attract nationwide as well as international audience. There will also be lightning talks from several people with disabilities. This two day conference will help the audience stay up to date with the recent advancements in the area of Accessibility and learn ways to keep their organization/community in sync with such advancements.


John Slatin AccessU

AccessU, an annual accessibility training institute presented by Knowbility, provides three days of instruction in how to make electronic information technology accessible to everyone – including people with disabilities. If you believe that the web should empower all people, need information about how to meet state and federal accessibility mandates, or are a commercial web developer who wants to understand emerging best business practices for the web, AccessU will provide the resources you need.

Join world renowned accessibility experts for two days of classes to improve your skills and better understand the need and the techniques for inclusive IT design. For everything from the basics to the bleeding edge, AccessU is the place to be.

Take Part – Human Perspectives on Inclusive Publishing

Our vision is a society where all information is accessible, a world where everyone can take part! We hope this conference will increase knowledge of born accessible publications, and show how inclusion is key to support democratic development and ensure human rights globally.

2016 Accessibility Conference

To raise awareness (and encourage action) among educators, IT managers and providers, web managers and content providers, course designers, and individuals who create and disseminate information regarding:

  • Accessibility issues related to the use of information in a range of formats and settings
  • Standards, tools and strategies for identifying and correcting information accessibility barriers
  • Strategies for incorporating the issue of accessibility into the real-world environment of competing interests and limited resources

10th European e-Accessibility Forum

Embedded in devices from streetlights to household appliances, networks of sensors, commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT), will gather data which can be leveraged in real time through cloud technologies to provide specialised and contextualised services when and where they are needed. Access to an intuitive and affordable “smart” network of objects and services will reduce the need for direct human actioning and decision making and aim to overcome boundaries that presently condition our interaction with the world around us.

The 10th European e-Accessibility Forum will explore:

  • Why the IoT is so important to our social and economic development
  • How businesses and public services plan to capitalise and contribute to the Internet of Things
  • The potential of the IoT to bridge the digital divide
  • How dialogue can be instigated between e-Accessibility stakeholders and industry to ensure that all IoT components are born accessible
  • How e-Accessibility stakeholders can tackle security and privacy issues and install trust among disabled and elderly users
  • Practical examples of how the IoT can and will improve the lives of disabled and elderly people


M-Enabling 2016

The M-Enabling Summit is a joint initiative of the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) and E.J. Krause & Associates to promote mobile accessible and assistive applications and services for senior citizens and persons with disabilities leveraging the latest operating systems, handsets and tablets based technologies.

The Summit is the only gathering of U.S. and international leaders of the global ecosystem supporting accessible and assistive mobile solutions. At the Summit they share experiences on how to best leverage the latest mobile operating systems, handset and tablet technologies, creating life changing applications and services for seniors and users of all abilities.

National Federation of the Blind National Convention 2016

The NFB national convention is held once each year in a location chosen by the President or the NFB. At the convention, national officers and board members are elected by the general membership, decisions concerning the organization are made, and policies are set for the following year or years.

The national convention also has some very practical benefits for attendees. Those who are new to blindness as well as parents and teachers of blind children can meet and learn from successful role models and have their expectations raised. Friendships can be made and renewed, the latest adaptive technology for the blind may be reviewed, tours of interesting places may be taken, and hope for the future may be kindled. The convention is, in a sense, a large family gathering, and has been described by one observer as being analogous to an annual meeting of the Scottish clans.


2016 ACB Conference and Convention

The ACB Annual Conference features General Track sessions, Workshops and Seminars, and Vendor exhibits. Approximately 1,500 blind and visually impaired people are expected to attend this conference from across the United States and from many foreign countries. Countless others will listen to selected broadcasts from the conference on ACB’s Internet radio service. Still others will read the conference program and newspaper from the ACB website and on ACB email lists. Included among these participants will be blind entrepreneurs, students, teachers, rehabilitation professionals, attorneys, musicians, parents and grandparents. There will be people looking for work and people who use all kinds of adaptive technology; people who are interested in large print, recorded, digital and braille products; elderly people who are just learning to live with vision loss; and young people attending college and just starting new careers.

Biennial National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Conference

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

Established in 1880, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level.
The NAD holds events to build and broaden awareness and support of their work, touch base with and strengthen the community, train future leaders, discuss and determine their focus and raise funds. Some events are national in scope while others are on the local level.

15th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs

ICCHP has been one of the first conferences bringing together individual researchers starting AT as “handicrafts”. These pioneers had a clear vision for the potential of the upcoming ICT revolution for people with disabilities and an according enthusiasm to set up a new scientific discipline with close relations to end users and respecting the need for interdisciplinary discussions.


International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

ISAAC – the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication – is a membership organization working to improve the lives of children and adults with complex communication needs.

ISAAC’s goal is to create worldwide awareness about how AAC can help individuals without speech. ISAAC accomplishes this by sharing information and promoting innovative approaches to research, technology and literacy through AAC. Activities include hosting the ISAAC biennial conference, sponsoring projects, and offering awards and scholarships.


Accessibility Summit

Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web’s most notable experts in and for an all-new, two-day online conference, the Accessibility Summit 2016! Bring the experts to your desktop.


International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

The ASSETS conference explores the design, evaluation, and use of computing and information technologies to benefit people with disabilities and older adults. ASSETS is the premier forum for presenting innovative research on mainstream and specialized assistive technologies, accessible computing, and assistive applications of computer, network, and information technologies. This includes the use of technology by and in support of:

  • Individuals with hearing, sight and other sensory impairments
  • Individuals with motor impairments
  • Individuals with memory, learning and cognitive impairments
  • Individuals with multiple impairments
  • Older adults with diverse capabilities
  • Professionals who work with these populations


2016 Accessing Higher Ground

Accessing Higher Ground focuses on the implementation and benefits of:

  • Accessible media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university, business and public setting;
  • Legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance;
  • The creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources.

For institutions of Higher Education:

  • There is a strong focus on campus accommodation.

For businesses and other audiences:

  • There are numerous sessions on best practices for web design, reaching untapped audiences through accessible design, and compliance with existing and anticipated Section 508 and ADA stipulations.

OZeWAI Conference 2016


Accessibility Camp(s) – (a11yBOS, a11yDC, a11yLA, etc.)

  • Various Dates

An ad-hoc collective of community organized un-conferences, held at various times and locations throughout the year. Each of these a11yCamps are usually one-day in length, and focus on topics related to the creation of accessible digital content and feature both renowned and local speakers working in the digital accessibility field.

Previous a11yCamps have been held in cities such as Boston, Washington, Seattle, Los Angeles, Bay Area, London(UK), Montreal, Toronto, etc. Usually free or a nominal charge to attend.


Posted by John

I am a 16 year veteran of Web Accessibility, living and working in Austin, Texas. Currently Principal Accessibility Strategist at Deque Systems Inc., I have previously held accessibility related positions at JPMorgan Chase and Stanford University. I am also actively involved with the W3C - the international internet standards body - where I attempt to stir the pot, fight hard for accessibility on the web, and am currently co-chairing a subcommittee on the accessibility of media elements in HTML5.

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