About Us

ABLE

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

The Date

11 - 12 April, 2019

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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

Partners

Speakers

  • Government Bodies and NGOs

  • IT Partners

  • National Research and Educational Networks

  • Higher Education Institutions

  • Specialized Organizations

  • Employers

Dr. Fadlo Khoury

Dr. Fadlo Khoury

President

AUB

Humberto Insolera

Humberto Insolera

Executive Committee

European Disability Forum 

Myles Pilling

Myles Pilling

Council Member and Director

British Assisstive Technology Association

Jennison Asuncion

Jennison Asuncion

Co-Founder, Global Accessibility Awareness Day & Engineering Manager, Accessibility LinkedIn

Dr. Sam Koplewicz

Dr. Sam Koplewicz

Former Harvard Human Rights Fellow

Human Rights Watch

Dr. Richard Kouyoumdjian

Dr. Richard Kouyoumdjian

Minister

Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA)                        

Jeremy P. Seda

Jeremy P. Seda

IT Accessibility Coordinator

North Idaho College 

Patrick McGrath

Patrick McGrath

EdTech Specialist

Texthelp Ltd

Dr. Soha Maad

Dr. Soha Maad

Founder and Manager

IGROW EEIG

Dr. Talal Nizameddin

Dr. Talal Nizameddin

Dean of Student Affairs

AUB

Beth Watson

Beth Watson

Director of Channel and Partner Marketing - Education

Microsoft

Dr. Celine Merheb-Ghanem

Dr. Celine Merheb-Ghanem

Senior Lecturer

American University of Technology

Dr. Fredrik Larsson

Dr. Fredrik Larsson

CTO & Founder

ReadSpeaker                                                          

Jamie Ball

Jamie Ball

Regional Manager

Texthelp Ltd                                                                       

Dr. Bassam Farah

Dr. Bassam Farah

Assistant Professor

AUB

Shadi Abou-Zahra

Shadi Abou-Zahra

Web Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist

W3C

Mahmoud Darawsheh

Mahmoud Darawsheh

CEO and Founder

MindRockets 

Rami Farran

Rami Farran

IT Director

AUB 

Souha Bourjeily

Souha Bourjeily

Corporate Communications and CSR Manager

ALFA

Paul Abi Ishac

Paul Abi Ishac

Education and Awareness Manager

Arcenciel

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Platinum Sponsor

Interested in sponsoring ABLE or showcasing a solution?

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Bronze Sponsor

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