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 2020
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
2 - 3 April, 2020
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
Sponsors and Exhibitors