Baruch College Presents 6th Annual Conference on Employment and Visual Impairment

"Living and Working in a Connected Community-Accessible Technology for All"

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NEW YORK, NY - March 8, 2013 – The Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP) and The School of Public Affairs at Baruch College will host its 6th annual conference focused on employment policy and practice on April 19. This year’s theme, “Living and Working in a Connected Community – Accessible Technology for All” will highlight ways in which those with vision impairment can best advance their careers and other life goals through assistive technology and community action.

The conference will feature ten interactive workshops, including “21 Apps We Can’t Live Without,” delivered by keynote speaker Dr. Judith M. Dixon, Consumer Relations and Braille Development Officer for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Other workshops include techniques for working with cable companies to make video programs accessible to the vision loss community; the present and future state of Braille, covering the impact of technology and the role of Braille in education; a boot camp with tips on getting ready for employment; the ins and outs of starting a business; and addressing workplace laws covering accessibility.

In addition, there will be a “Breaking Barriers” awards ceremony featuring Kees Kruythoff, President of Unilever North America, as well as vendors’ expo featuring service providers and the latest available products to assist the blind and low vision community. Demonstrations will highlight small Braille displays that sync up with tablet computers and smart phones.

The event is co-sponsored by CBS Television Network, Hidden City Café, Metropolitan Placement Consortium, New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH), and Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates.

Admission is free, but space is limited. Participants must register online at http://www.baruch.edu/ccvip. To join the CCVIP mailing list or for more information, please call Lisa Saunders at 646-312-1420 or e-mail ccvip@baruch.cuny.edu.

 

DETAILS

WHAT: 6th Annual Conference on Employment and Visual Impairment,
“Living and Working in a Connected Community – Accessible Technology for All”


WHEN: 9:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2013
(Lunch will be served)
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WHERE: Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue, 14th Floor Conference Room


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141, manuel.romero@baruch.cuny.edu

Mercedes Sanchez, (646) 660-6112, mercedes.sanchez@baruch.cuny.edu

Celene McDermott (646) 660-6134, celene.mcdermott@baruch.cuny.edu