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Announcing the Linux Accessibility Conference, 22-23 March 2001, Los Angeles

Dec 15, 2000, 20:43 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to JP Schnapper-Casteras for this announcement. ]

Summary:
The Linux Accessibility Conference

March 22-23, 2001
Los Angeles Airport
Hilton Hotel, Plaza D

- Taking place at CSUN's Sixteenth Annual International Conference, which averages 
4000 attendees.
- Free admission to the Linux Accessibility Conference (not including the price of 
attending to CSUN, consult http://www.csun.edu/cod/conf2001/index.html for admission 
costs). 

Join us for two days of:
- Speeches by prominent figures in the free software and accessibility community.  
Individuals who have tentatively agreed to speak include Judy Brewer (Director of 
WAI), Alan Black (Creator of Festival Speech Synthesizer), Peter Korn (Sun 
Microsystems' GNOME Accessibility Lab), and Aaron Leventhal (Mozilla 
accessibility).  Other noteworthy people who have said they plan to attend include 
T.V. Raman (Creator of Emacspeak).
- Demonstrations of free software such as Emacspeak, Festival, BRLTTY, and Speechd.
- Workgroups on GNOME (run by Sun Microsystems' GNOME Accessibility Lab), KDE, X 
Windows, Console, Braille, Speech, Internationalization and Localization (i18n and 
l10n), Internet Applications (Mozilla), and a Universal Accessibility Standard.
- Planning and organizing for the future of Linux accessibility.

If you are interested in attending, join the ocularis-announce mailing list by 
visiting http://lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/ocularis-announce.

The Linux Accessibility Conference stems from Project Ocularis, a volunteer-run 
effort to make Linux and the free software world accessible to all.  Visit Project 
Ocularis at http://ocularis.sourceforge.net.

Mission:
The mission of the conference is twofold: 
        1) To demonstrate the potential of Linux and free software in the 
accessibility arena.
        2) To formulate a course of action for advancing Linux accessibility and to 
begin to organize interested supporters and developers into working groups focusing 
on specific topics.
        These topics include: GNOME, KDE, X Windows, Console, Braille, Speech, 
Internationalization and Localization (i18n and l10n), Internet Applications 
(Mozilla), and Universal Accessibility Standard.

Who Should Attend:
- Companies or developers who want to make their applications more accessible under 
Linux.
- Companies or developers in the AT industry who are interested in better serving 
impaired users through creating and using free software.
- Anyone who is interested in making Linux and the free software world more 
accessible to all.

Tentative Schedule:
Thursday, March 23rd:
- Speakers
- Presentations
- Demos
- Transition (technical overview and introduction to the distinct role of each 
working group)
- Break up into working groups

Friday, March, 24th:
- Reconvene the next morning for another speaker
- Hear reports from each of the working groups
- Long-term planning

Travel and Accommodations:
        See http://www.csun.edu/cod/conf2001/index.html for information about 
accommodations and travel.

Remote Attendance:
        Join the ocularis-announce mailing list by visiting 
http://lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/ocularis-announce for details about 
remote attendance.

Interested in Being a Speaker or Involving your Business or Free Software Project?
Contact JP Schnapper-Casteras
Conference Organizer
jpsc@users.sourceforge.net
Additional contact information available upon request

Please forward this announcement to a friend or colleague.

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