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Special Sessions, Evening Events & Meetings

Wednesday, November 16

12:20 – 2:00 p.m. (Westminster Ballroom III/IV)

Keynote Luncheon with: Tommy Edison: the Blind Film Critic Live & Uncensored (well at least the former)

Tommy will talk about his life, his ups, downs and hang-ups, how he got to where he is. He’ll discuss movies, accessibility, technology and whatever. Whatever the topic, be prepared to have some fun.

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4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Reception (Westminster Foyer)

Join us in the Exhibit Hall for hor d’oeuvres and cash bar.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Audio Description Jamboree with Blind Film Critic, Tommy Edison!

Come practice your audio-description skills with Tommy Edison and audio description expert Bonnie Barlow while we watch a couple of short films. The venue is the MacCap Theater, 10679 Westminster Blvd., across the promenade from the Westin Hotel. Food and drink is available at the MadCap.

Tickets are $10 plus $1.54 service fee at EventBrite

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Thursday, November 16

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. (Westminster Ballroom III/IV)

Plenary Luncheon: Panel Discussion: Sorting Out Certifications for Accessibility Professionals, Application designers & Developers.

Moderator: Hadi Rangin, University of Washington
Panelists: Mike Hess, Blind Institute of Technology, Kathy Wahlbin, Interactive Accessibility, Jon Gunderson, University of Illinois, Larry Goldberg, Accessible Media, Yahoo

In the past few years a number of certificates and initiatives for training accessibility specialists and developers have emerged: IAAP, Teach Access, IADP, etc. Moderator Hadi Rangin will guide a discussion with our panelists on the differences and effectiveness of these different programs.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Westminster Ballroom III/IV)

Annual ATHEN Meeting

ATHEN is a professional association and network for Access Technology in Higher Education. AHG is the official conference and annual meeting location for ATHEN. Join us to learn about ATHEN activities, resources and then join us for dinner and drinks after the meeting. Meeting is open to all, not just ATHEN members.

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