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Tech Conference For People With Disabilities Underway In San Diego

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A street sign pointing to an entrance for people in wheelchairs is shown with palm trees in the background, July 11, 2010.

Aired 3/23/16 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Christopher P. Lu, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor

Sandy Plotin, managing director, Cal State University Northridge Center on Disabilities


Technology is an indispensable part of modern life. But it can be challenging for people with disabilities to access it, especially in the workplace.

That's the underlying theme of the 31st annual International Technology and People With Disabilities Conference that began Wednesday at San Diego's Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Organized by the Cal State Northridge Center on Disabilities, the conference continues through Friday and features dozens of breakout sessions and highlights some of the latest assistive technology.

“The whole idea of assistive technology is to give people access and independence,” Sandy Plotin, managing director of CSUN's Center on Disabilities, said on Midday Edition Wednesday. “If I can't access a website to apply for a job, how am I going to get a job?”

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher P. Lu said that the agency has been committed to improving accessibility since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

“While I think we've made great progress over the last 25 years, we need to realize that ... virtual walls remain,” Lu said.

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