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Summit 2020 Agenda

“Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.”  Neil Marcus

Day 1 - Thursday, September 24 2020

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8:30 am – 9:00 am

OSB Maamari Auditorium

Welcome Coffee and Registration

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9:00 am – 9:30 am

OSB Maamari Auditorium

Opening Session

By:

  • Maha Zouwayhed, ABLE Organizer & Rami Farran, Director of IT Academic Services, AUB
  • Dr. Fadlo Khuri, President, AUB
  • Yousif Asfour, Chief Information Officer, AUB
  • Nayla Al-Akl, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, AUB
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9:30 am – 9:45 am

OSB Maamari Auditorium

Coffee Break

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    9:45 am – 10:15 am

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    Artistic Greeting

    By Acsauvel

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    10:15 am - 10:45 am

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    Plenary Session

    By Emina Cerimovic

    Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Education

    By Emina Cerimovic, Senior Researcher, Disability Rights Division Human Rights Watch

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    10:45 am – 11:00 am

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    Coffee Break

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    11:00 am – 12:00 am

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    Leading Practices and Trends

    By Samer Sfeir, Jeremy Seda and Chris Gaulin

    Inclusion of Inclusion in Donor Programs - Creating Job Opportunities

    By Samer Sfeir, Director, ProAbled

    Flow With the Go: Proactively Addressing Accessibility

    By Jeremy Seda, IT Accessibility Coordinator North Idaho College (NIC)

    Building the Pillars of an Accessibility Community

    By Chris Gaulin, Accessibility Advocate - Co-organizer #a11yTO

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    12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    Coffee Break

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    12:15 pm – 01:00 pm

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    Abled Experience & Success Stories

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    01:00 pm – 02:00 pm

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    Lunch

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    02:00 pm – 03:00 pm

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    Innovations and Assistive Technologies

    By Adam Spencer and Myles Pilling

    Building Sustainable Document Accessibility Strategies

    By Adam Spencer, President (GLOBAL) AbleDocs Inc., CA

    Smart Future for the Disabled

    By Myles Pilling, Council Member for The British Assistive Technology Association (BATA)

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    03:00 pm – 03:15 pm

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    Coffee Break

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    03:15 pm – 04:15 pm

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    New Outlooks

    By Robin Christopherson and Toufic Sbeiti

    From AI to Robots, from Apps to Wearables - Let's Design for Everyone!

    By Robin Christopherson, MBE, Head of Digital Inclusion AbilityNet

    A Beautiful Design Can Also be Accessible

    By Toufic Sbeiti, Web Operations Manager Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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    04:15 pm – 04:30 pm

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    Day 1 Closing

    Day 2 - Friday, September 25 2020

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    8:30 am – 9:00 am

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    Welcome Coffee and Registration

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    09:00 am – 09:45 am

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    Welcome Back Note

    Artistic Greeting
    Making Everything 1% Better, Towards an Inclusive Tomorrow

    Moderator: Anis Hroub, Education Department AUB

    • Nadine Ghalayini, Accessible Education Office (AEO), AUB
    • Dr. Samar Harkous, USAID, UPP, AUB
    • Ziad Shaaban, Continuing Education Center (CEC), AUB
    • Samar Diab/Zein Tomey, Human Resources Department (HR), AUB
    • Hana Boukhadra, Next Step, AUB
    • Maria Dirani / Larissa Abi Nakhle, ABLE Club, AUB
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    09:45 am – 10:30 am

    Parallel Sessions

    Panel Discussion: The Specially Abled Student Journey (Organizational Readiness)

    Moderator: Jennison Assunsion, Co-Founder, Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

    • Hala Raad, AUBMC
    • Iman Shankiti, World Health OrganizationRepresentative (WHO)
    • Dr. Talal Nizammedine, Dean of Student Affairs, AUB
    • Hana BouKhadra, Next Step, AUB
    • Rami Farran, Director of IT Academic Services, AUB
    Workshop: T3.1 - Let's Talk About the VPAT® and What Makes a Good ACR (Accessibility Conformance Report)

     By Jeremy Seda, It Accessibility Coordinator North Idaho College (NIC)

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    10:30 am - 10:45 am

    Coffee Break

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    10:45 am - 11:30 am

    Parallel Sessions

    Workshop: T1.1 - Tools and Techniques to Deliver Education for People with Hearing Challenges

    By Maya Lababidy and MAS Students, Medical Audiology Science Programs (MAS)

    Panel Discussion: Status and Challenges in Higher Education in Lebanon

    Moderator: Emina Cerimovic, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch

    • TechCare Representative
    • Gisela Nauk, Chief of the Inclusive Social, Development Section, UN ESCWA
    • Rabih Baalbaki, President at Lebanese Association for IT Professionals, Board Member at PCA, Edtech & Innovation at DT Network Lebanon
    • Fady Yarak, Minister of Education and Higher Education (MEHE)
    • Randa Bou Hamdan, Minister of Social Affairs (MOSA)
    Workshop: T3.2 - Microsoft Office Accessibility & Digital Inclusion

    By Tarek El Bacha, Managing Director, Tablet Academy MENA - Microsoft Global in Education Training Partner

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    11:30 am - 11:45 am

    Coffee Break

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    11:45 am - 12:30 pm

    Parallel Sessions

    Integrating Assitive Technlogy into Educational Settings - Making the impossible possible

    By Myles Pilling, Council Member for The British Assistive Technology Association (BATA)

    Workshop: T3.3 - Making Curriculum and Library Content Accessible

    By Adam Spencer, President, AbledDocs, CA

    Workshop: T4.1 - Inclusive Employment

    By Samer Sfeir, Director, ProAbled

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    12:30 pm - 01:30 pm

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    Lunch Break

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    01:30 pm - 02:15 pm

    Parallel Sessions

    Workshop: T1.2 - Making Maths Accessible

    By Patrick McGrath, Education Manager – EMEA, Text Help, UK

    Workshop: T3.4 - Delivering Better Outcomes for all students with Text to Speech

    By Jamie Ball, Education Technology Strategist, TextHelp, UK

    Panel Discussion: Employability and Life After Graduation

     Moderator: Samer Sfeir, Director, ProAbled

    • Arcenciel
    • Melina Harb, OSA Career Services, AUB
    • Dr. Humberto Insolera, European Disability Forum - EDF Executive Committee, EUD Former vice-president
    • National Employment Institute (NEI)
    • Fida Kanaan, Director of Executive Education Programs
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    02:15 pm - 02:30 pm

    Coffee Break

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    02:30 pm - 03:15 pm

    Parallel Sessions

    Workshop: T1.3 - Delivering Teaching and Learning for Mentally Challenged Students

    By Hana Abukhadra Salem, Next Step Program, CEC, AUB

    Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan (EEAAP)

    By Michael Cyr, Goup Leader, Educause IT Accessibility Community Group University of Maine System

    Workshop: T3.5 - How To Make Your Class Accessible on MOODLE ?

    By Carol Bim, Business Development Manager, Read Speaker

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    03:15 pm - 03:30 pm

    Coffee Break

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    03:30 pm – 04:15 pm

    OSB Maamari Auditorium

    Closing Remarks: Roadmap to Digital Accessibility in Higher Education in Lebanon (discussion and conclusion by the ABLE Advisory Board)

    Moderator: Yousif Asfour, Chief Information Officer, AUB

    • Myles Pilling, Specialist SEND ICT Consultant & Assistive Technologist British Assistive Technology Association (BATA)
    • Jennison Asuncion, Co-Founder, Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Engineering Manager- Accessibility, LinkedIn
    • Dr. Humberto Insolera, European Disability Forum - EDF Executive Committee, EUD Former vice-president
    • Jeremy Seda, IT Accessibility Coordinator, North Idaho College (NIC)
    • Shadi Abou-Zahra, Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative
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