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IDPP Co-Sponsors and Attends Accessibility Camp DC

COTELCO/IDPP staff network with Accessibility Camp participants photoA delegation from COTELCO/the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) co-sponsored and attended Accessibility Camp-Washington, DC on 22 October at Martin Luther King Public Library in downtown Washington, DC. Accessibility Camp, which has been held in Washington, DC, Montreal, and Toronto and organized by community members in each city, is an annual gathering of individuals interested in accessibility issues. The one day event consisted of presentations by professionals who work and/or hold expertise in accessibility issues.

COTELCO/IDPP Director of Technology Clyde White, Jr. and Program Coordinator Erica Seng network with other Accessibility Camp participants

COTELCO/IDPP staff members attended sessions on topics including creating accessible videos; making the voting and electoral process more accessible; the accessibility features of iPhones and iPads; the future of accessibility testing; accessible mapping and graphing software; and ways in which to make the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines in higher education more accessible. Demonstrations of JAWS screen reading software, Dragon speech recognition software, and other accessibility-enhancing technology tools were offered at Accessibility Camp.

The event was a great networking opportunity as well. COTELCO/IDPP staff members connected with colleagues with whom they had previously collaborated, and met individuals from the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Canada, and Indonesia who are advocates of and have experience in making a multitude of information platforms more accessible.