ABLE (Accessibility for a Bolder Learning Experience), is an IT@A.U.B initiative by the Office of Information Technology (IT) in collaboration with the Student Affairs Accessible Education Office (A.E.O) at the American University of Beirut (A.U.B) to open the doors of higher education for all through digital accessibility .
"Excellence in education is when we do everything that we can to make sure they become everything that they can." Carol Ann Tomlinson
ABLE aims at increasing the retention and success rates of students with disabilities and to support their readiness for life after university by developing and deploying accessibility to campus-wide IT resources.
ABLE scope covers assistive technologies (A.T), learning content, services, resources, policies, inclusive IT support, collaboration platforms, IT facilities and learning spaces.
The ABLE initiative includes, but not limited to:
- The ABLE Summit annual event
- A national joint project to implement digital accessibility in higher education with a consortium of universities, governmental and nongovernmental entities.
ABLE Summit 2019
Under the Patronage
of the President of the Council of Ministers
His Excellency Mr. Saad Hariri
The ABLE Summit is the 1st of a kind event in Lebanon and the region shedding light on Digital Accessibility in Higher Education.
A national level event, with ripple effects in the region, the ABLE summit will feature renowned speakers from global leading organizations in industry and academia, to boost awareness, charge collective momentum and to trigger related initiatives.`
The goals of the ABLE summit are to:
- Trigger a high impact awareness wave
- Create a knowledge-share hub
- Bring together expertise and experiences
- Energize the community and trigger collaborations
- Amplify the impact of the current initiatives
- Sketch a roadmap to Digital Accessibility in Higher Education.
Global Cause … Global Experience …. Global Momentum
11 - 12 April, 2019
Who should attend the ABLE Summit?
The ABLE Summit is a forum that brings together over 200 experts, frontline workers, innovators, vendors and end users to share innovations, best practices, implementation strategies, research and education in assistive technology (AT) and accessibility.
This conference will be benificial to:
- Students with special needs and their parents
- Educators and academicians
- Special education schools and institutions
- University and educational institution administrators
- Policy makers, officials and specialists
- Employers that accommodate special needs
- NGOs that support special needs
- Industry leaders, specialized organizations and Assistive Technology (AT) providers
- Technology professionals, innovators, AT experts, digital content creators, instructional designers, web designers and developers
- Therapists and medical professionals that work with PWDs
- Accessibility professionals and advocates
Government Bodies and NGOs
National Research and Educational Networks
Higher Education Institutions
Dr. Fadlo Khoury
European Disability Forum
Council Member and Director
British Assisstive Technology Association
Co-Founder, Global Accessibility Awareness Day & Engineering Manager, Accessibility LinkedIn
Dr. Sam Koplewicz
Former Harvard Human Rights Fellow
Human Rights Watch
Dr. Richard Kouyoumdjian
Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA)
Jeremy P. Seda
IT Accessibility Coordinator
North Idaho College
Dr. Soha Maad
Founder and Manager
Dr. Talal Nizameddin
Dean of Student Affairs
Director of Channel and Partner Marketing - Education
Dr. Celine Merheb-Ghanem
American University of Technology
Dr. Fredrik Larsson
CTO & Founder
Dr. Bassam Farah
Web Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist
CEO and Founder
Corporate Communications and CSR Manager
Paul Abi Ishac
Education and Awareness Manager
Sponsors and Exhibitors
Interested in sponsoring ABLE or showcasing a solution?