Gregg Vanderheiden


Raising the Floor


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Dr. Vanderheiden is Founder of the Trace R&D Center and Professor in the iSchool at the University of Maryland. He has been active in the field of technology and disability for 50 years and was a pioneer in the field of Augmentative Communication (a term originating from his writings), assistive technology and computer access. Access features developed by Dr. Vanderheiden and the Trace Center team can be found in every computer and mobile device internationally (Windows, MacOS, iOS and Linux,…) as well as kiosks, ticket machines and more.  He has also been a long-time leader in the area of web accessibility, creating the first set of Web Accessibility guidelines in 1995 and serving as co-editor and co-chairing the WCAG 1.0 and 2.0 Working Group. At the 6th World Wide Web Conference, he was the third annual recipient of the Yuri Rubinsky Memorial World Wide Web Award. His most recent work has focused on development of Morphic and proposing a completely different way to approach accessibility for next-next generation ICT.  Dr. Vanderheiden is a past President and Fellow of RESNA, a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and Fellow in the Human Factors and Ergonomics society.

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Raising the Floor

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Technical and Vocational Education and TrainingDigital LearningFormal EducationLifelong LearningNon-Formal EducationPre-School and Early Childhood Intervention

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Speaker sessions (3)

Thursday, 22 February 2024

10:20 - 10:40

Can we ensure that AT is available to all who need it, wherever they need it?

Format:Live stream
Location: Fireside Chat - First floor
  • English captions | International Sign

15:00 - 16:30

Innovation Pitches: Promising tech-innovations and impact investors

Format:Live stream
Location: M1
  • Assistive technologies
  • ICT innovations
  • English captions | International Sign

In this fast-paced session, witness dynamic tech showcases connecting with impact investors, and then delve into the immediate feedback the investors themselves provide.

Friday, 23 February 2024

13:40 - 14:40

Free resources to increase web accessibility

Format:Live stream
Location: M1
  • Assistive technologies
  • English captions | International Sign

In this Session, explore free tools supporting web accessibility, like a support feature for colorblindness and open-source solutions for cross-disability computer access.