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October 26-27, 2006
Hard-Wiring Inclusion
Online workshops Fall 2005.


Hard-Wiring Inclusion

A Conference about Building an Accessible ICT World
October 26-27, 2006, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The conference brought together disability advocates, product developers, manufacturers, policy makers, service providers, and researchers to share knowledge about accessible/inclusive ICT and develop strategies to mobilize that knowledge into action and change.

Summer Institutes

2004 Summer Institute

The first Dis-IT summer institute was held June 14-18, 2004 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. The theme of the institute was "People with Disabilities and New Technologies: A Social Barriers Approach."

2005 Summer Institute

The second Dis-IT summer institute was held May 10-12, 2005 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. The theme of the institute was "Inclusive Information Technology and Business Success."

Online Workshops

Many of the features that make products accessible to people with disabilities also provide increased convenience and flexibility for people without disabilities. To illustrate this to the IT industry, Dis-IT partner organization the Ideal Group developed an online workshop about the broader business benefits of accessible IT design. The workshop was first delivered to groups of (1) product developers, (2) marketing managers, and (3) senior managers. In response to interest from the telecommunications industry, we also developed customized workshops for several of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies. Another presentation was delivered to students enrolled in an information systems development program at a college in Atlantic Canada.

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