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2013 Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP)

One Bernard Baruch Way, Box H-0648 New York, NY 10010-5585
Tel: (646) 312-1420

6th Annual Conference on Employment and Visual Impairment
Policy & Practice: “Living and Working in a Connected
Community - Accessible Technology for All”

Friday, April 19, 2013

Check-in: 8:25AM to 9:25AM
Presentations: 9:30AM to 4:00PM

Baruch College Conference Center, 14th Floor
55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Free admission including lunch and refreshments.

Sponsored by:
Baruch College Computer Center for Visually Impaired People and School of Public Affairs (SPA);
CBS Television Network;
Hidden City Café;
Metropolitan Placement Consortium;
New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH); and
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates P.C.

Keynote: 21 Apps We Can't Live Without

    Keynote Speaker:

    Dr. Judy M. Dixon, Former Consumer Relations Officer for the National Association for the Blind and Handicapped at the Library of Congress

2013 Workshop Descriptions

Morning Workshops - 10:35 AM -11:35 AM (Pick One)

    Advocacy: Descriptive Video on Accessible Television - Lessons from Around the World

    Richard Orme from Royal National Institute for the Blind will share techniques to work with cable companies to make video programs accessible to the vision loss community and actions that you can take to make it happen.

    Employment: Boot Camp on Getting Ready for Employment

    In this workshop participants will learn what is in the mind of recruiters, the importance of strong personal and communications skills, and how to present themselves in a manner to allow the employer to think they found the right person. Why some candidates succeed and others fail will be discussed.

    Entrepreneurship: The Ins and Outs of Starting a Business

    Business Outreach Centers, or BOCs, offer help, guidance, information, and support for your enterprise. Learn the ins and outs of: business start-up/expansion; access to financing; business plan development; start-up grants for low-income entrepreneurs; legal assistance; market research/strategies and more.

    Braille: The Future of Braille

    This session will focus on the present and future state of Braille: the impact of technology on Braille as a viable reading and working medium, its role in the education of blind children and in the lives of blind adults, and Braille promotion efforts. Information will be presented regarding the recent adoption of Unified English Braille. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

    Technology: Me and My Apps

    Learn from two young professionals what particular technologies, apps or otherwise, help them to be successful, productive and comfortable both on and off the job.

    Morning Vendor Exhibits

    Meet the many vendors and service providers for the low vision community. Find out the latest available products and information which can make your work and life more enjoyable and productive.

Breaking Barriers Awards Luncheon - 11:50 AM to 12:50 PM

    Featured speaker:

    Kees Kruythoff, President of Unilever North America

Afternoon Vendor Exhibits - 12:50 PM - 2:20 PM

Afternoon Workshops - 2:30 PM -3:30 PM (Pick One)

    Advocacy: Your Rights at Work

    Knowledge is power. Follow the work experiences of an employee and disability rights lawyer who advocate for a level planning field. Specific workplace laws covering accessibility will be addressed.

    Employment: Using Technology for Career and Job Search

    In this workshop you will learn the key areas to address in a career and job search and recent use of technology tools like Twitter and LinkedIn to network, create a brand, and highlight your skills.

    Entrepreneurship: Starting One's Business: Lessons Learned

    Our Workshop leader will share his experiences on successfully creating a business; obstacles he encountered; building from your strengths; and lessons learned from his experience.

    Technology: What to Look for and What to Ask When Buying a Technology Product

    Have you ever questioned whether you purchased the right accessible product at the right price? Presenters will prepare you to determine what is right for you and how to go about getting it or an alternative that fits your budget.

    Braille: Demonstration and Discussion of Small Braille Displays

    This workshop provides Braille users, technical trainers, and smart phone enthusiasts the opportunity to sample small Braille devices, some as small as your hand. These devices can easily sync up with tablet computers and smart phones.

    Conference Debrief: 3:40 PM