ABLE Summit 2020

2 – 3 April, 2020. American University of Beirut, LB.

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Our Story

“We believe that NO ONE should be excluded from an education because of a lack of accessibility” - Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President of AUB.

 

Who We Are

ABLE (Accessibility for a Bolder Learning Experience), is an initiative by the Office of Information Technology (IT) in collaboration with the Student Affairs Accessible Education Office (AEO) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) to open the doors of higher education for all through digital accessibility.

ABLE Story

ABLE started as a dream inside the American University of Beirut (AUB) Information Technology (IT) offices and kept growing until the dream materialized and crossed AUB walls to achieve, national, regional and international reach. "Special needs or not, equal access is your right" - ABLE Team.

Outcomes of Our First Summit

ABLE’s ripple effect started, the event created an awareness wave and connected effective affiliations. ABLE also put Lebanon on the map of the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2019. Multiple capacity building efforts started and new affiliations such as REACH (Research for Education Accessibility Challenges) took place.

Success Stories

ABLE helped connect special needs students with the administration to support enrollment and fostered 3 innovative students’ projects (Automated Braille-Encoder, Mappable (campus accessibility navigation guide), Accessibility Web Engine (AWE)). ABLE today aims to have new success stories after Dr. Bassam Farah, Rima Kaddoura and Lama Joudieh.

Speakers

“What was impossible yesterday, is possible today with technology.” - ABLE Team.

 

Dr. Fadlo Khuri

Dr. Fadlo Khuri

President of American University of Beirut

Dr. Yousif Asfour

Dr. Yousif Asfour

CIO at American University of Beirut

Dr. Talal Nizammedin

Dr. Talal Nizammedin

Dean of Student Affairs at AUB

Apply before September 30

Apply before September 30

For more info, contact able@aub.edu.lb

Highlights from Previous Summit

A national level event, with ripple effects in the region, the ABLE Summit 2019 featured renowned speakers from global leading organizations in industry and academia, to boost awareness, charge collective momentum and trigger related initiatives.

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Testimonials

“Special needs or not, equal access is your right” - ABLE Team.

 

“Unforgettable times in Beirut by listening, socializing and sharing experiences and best practices with wonderful leaders, from the Arab region, and around the world.”

Dr. Humberto Insolera

EDF Executive Committee, European Disability Forum

“It was a real pleasure to talk about “Three Fundamentals for Improving Digital Accessibility and Inclusion” (trust me, I could have gone well beyond three) at the first ABLE Summit”.

Jennison Asuncion

Co-Founder, Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

“The first Assistive Technology conference in Lebanon has been a great success as speaker after speaker spoke of making things more accessible for everyone.”

Myles Pilling

Council Member, and Director, British Assistive Technology Association (BATA)

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