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2016-02-02 to 2016-02-06 - Orlando, Florida

The ATIA conference is the largest international conference showcasing the best in assistive technology tools and services.


More information is provided on the ATIA website.

2016-01-09 to 2016-01-12 - Las Vegas, US

Networked consumer devices and services can represent a technological and digital barrier for consumers with disabilities. At the same time, they can be exploited so as to become enabling tools for those users. The workshop addresses a range of research issues involving the accessibility of devices and services/content.


This workshop invites scientists, engineers and decision makers from government, industry and academia to present technical papers on their research and development results in areas of accessibility, including but not limited to the following topics:


  • Accessible devices/assistive technologies
  • Accessible services: e-learning, e-commerce, e-banking, etc.
  • Accessible content: e-books, accessible TV, accessible broadcasting, etc.

Detailed information is available on the workshop website.

2015-12-15 to 2015-12-17 - Shanghai, China

This ESCAP-CDPF Workshop on Accessible Knowledge, Information and Communication for Persons with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific is organized by ESCAP, in partnership with the China Disabled Persons Federation (CDPF) and Shanghai Municipal Government. DAISY Consortium and ATDO (Japan) are both participating.

2015-12-11 - Milan, Italy - Politecnico di Milano piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32 - Aula De Donato

International Seminar. Free registration.

2015-12-03 - Global

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been commemorated since 1992 to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. The Day works to promote action to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all.


Governments, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector are encouraged to partner with organizations of persons with disabilities to arrange events and activities to commemorate the Day.


More information is provided on the UN website.

2015-11-19 to 2015-11-20 - Stockholm, Sweden

More information is provided on the Swedish DAISY Consortium website.

2015-11-16 to 2015-11-20 - Westminster, CO

Presented and hosted by the Association on Higher Education & Disability (AHEAD), Accessing Higher Ground is conducted in collaboration with ATHEN, EASI and the University of Colorado-Boulder. More information is provided on the Accessing Higher Ground conference website.

2015-11-13 - Milan, Italy



9:30 am Registration

10:00 am Greetings

 10:15 am Baseline for Born Accessible EPUB, George Kerscher [DAISY Consortium]

10:45 am Accessibility, the role of standards, Daniel Weck [EDRLab]

11:00 am DIAGRAM and image description presentation, Betsy Beaumon [Benetech]


11:30 am Coffee break


12:00 pm Accessible e-Reading Systems: Ensuring that baseline accessibility reaches the end users, Avneesh Singh [DAISY Consortium]

12:30 pm Metadata: The way accessible books get to be known to the world, Paola Mazzucchi [mEDRA]


1:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Case studies on collaboration:


Cristina Mussinelli [LIA Foundation]

ABC Consortium - Monica Halil [ABC Consortium] 

Load2learn - Richard Orme [DAISY Consortium]


3:00 pm Round table discussion: Paths to further collaboration

4:30 pm Open discussion

5:30 pm Conclusion


Location: Laboratorio Formentini per l’editoria, via Formentini 10, Milan.

2015-11-11 to 2015-11-12 - Milan, Italy
2015-10-29 to 2015-10-30 - Toronto, Canada

Details are provided on the CNIB 2015 Braille Conference website.

2015-10-20 to 2015-10-22 - Lisbon, Portugal

The European Commission, together with the Fundaçao para a Ciência e a Tecnologia Portugal bring you: ICT 2015 - Innovate, Connect, Transform.

The ICT 2015 event will comprise a number of parallel activities:

  • A policy conference presenting the new Commission's policies and initiatives on Research & Innovation in ICT (Horizon 2020 Programme)
  • An interactive exhibition showcasing the best results and impact of most recent EU ICT Research & Innovation
  • Many networking opportunities to enhance quality partnerships, helping participants find partners, connect Research and Innovation and trigger collaboration
  • Funding opportunities: ICT 2015 will also be the place to gather information on the 2016 Work Programme of Horizon 2020

For further details, please visit the event website.

2015-10-14 to 2015-10-18 - Frankfurt, Germany

Starting in 2015, the Frankfurt Book Fair will be even more structured according to individual themes and market segments. More information is provided on the Frankfurt Book Fair website.

2015-10-04 to 2015-10-08 - Kampala, Uganda

The 6th Africa Forum will focus on the post-Millennium Development Goals debate and the new development agenda for the millions of people who are blind or partially sighted.

It promises to be the largest-ever gathering of Africa’s blindness community, so mark your calendars! More information is provided on the event website.

2015-10-04 to 2015-10-08 - Kampala, Uganda

“TechShare Africa is a great opportunity for us to introduce some of the new technologies we’ve been working on that have already made differences in the lives of students in the U.S. and elsewhere,” said Laura Matz, Perkins Products director of sales and marketing. “Most Forum participants haven’t used the latest technology. And when they do, they realize, ‘I can do anything if I have this.’ When people see what the capabilities are, it’s mind-boggling because it really removes many of the hurdles.” More information is provided on the Perkins website.

2015-09-21 to 2015-09-22 - China Braille Library in Beijing, China

The theme of the 11th forum will be "Straddling, Merging and Sharing: A New Level of the Information Accessibility". There will be several sub-forums including "Assistive Technology", "Education and Training", "Public Cultural Services". "Accessible Reading", "Accessible Publishing" and "Government Assistance on Blind Aids and Services".

2015-09-10 to 2015-09-11 - Glasgow, Scotland
More information can be found on the RNIB website.
2015-09-09 to 2015-09-12 - Budapest, Hungary

AAATE focuses on the Advancement of Assistive Technology in its widest sense and strives to involve all stakeholders along the value chain. Organizers are pleased to invite you to Budapest, Hungary, a beautiful and culturally rich city in the heart of Europe. More information is provided on the AAATE website.

2015-09-08 to 2015-09-09 - Virtual, global

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 2015! Bring the experts to your desktop September 8-9, 2015 from 9AM to 4PM (CT). Register online.

2015-08-15 to 2015-08-21 - Cape Town, South Africa

Complete details on how to register are available on the conference website.


LPD Session: The inclusive library - How to render inclusive library services to blind and visually impaired people took place Tuesday, August 18th. The list of papers is available on the IFLA website.