Technologies for All

More than ever, people work, play, learn, research, receive health care, transact commerce, experience community participation and conduct personal communication through technology. For the nation’s 57 million people living with disabilities, and the billion plus worldwide, access to the virtual landscape is as important as equal access to physical spaces and facilities. Cyber reach is a critical means of civic engagement and economic opportunity. Without it, persons with disabilities lack the same prerogatives that their fellow citizens are free to enjoy. Today technological inclusion is a civil rights issue.

Technologies for All will investigate the policies and practices that are needed to guarantee universal accessibility to interactive digital tools and assistive technologies. It will also investigate how society can remove barriers for people who are marginalized and/or have disabilities through technological tools. How do we open up the space for diversity in all areas of our life? How can we ensure that each person has access to what they need to live?

Our discussion will bring together policymakers, technology innovators, advocates, NGO leaders, academics and other stakeholders to sculpt an actionable agenda for social inclusion, justice and a barrier free world as it relates to technologies.

We are accepting proposals in the following areas of inquiry. These proposals can be from a research, advocacy or from a best practices perspective.

  • How does current federal legislation support inclusive and assistive technology?
  • In light of potential policy and funding challenges in 2017, what must be done to ensure that our laws forbid discrimination against people with disabilities and make accessibility a priority?
  • How can technology enable people with disabilities to participate fully in society, and what policies are required to design for and harness its transformative potential?
  • What are the best practices in providing Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and assistive technologies to different age groups within the lifespan?
  •  What are the ways that technologies threaten or encourage diversity?
  • In what ways will new technologies improve accessibility for people with disabilities or other marginalized groups?
  • How do we design policy frameworks and tools for integration of inclusive ICTs?
  • What is the role of technologies for ending discrimination and poverty, and social exclusion?
  • How do we build capacity in the technology and media sectors, including ICT professionals, so that they design inclusive content, services and technologies?

Proposals in other areas not mentioned above are welcomed. We are particularly interested in receiving presentation proposals from advocates concerning their experiences and recommendations and from international participants providing cross-cultural perspectives.

We welcome all proposals. Please see presentation formats on our webpage at: Please read criteria for each format and ensure that you have the appropriate number of presenters for your chosen format. You may submit proposals online at: or send your proposals via email to

If you have questions or need further information, please contact the Pacific Rim team at For general information on the conference, please contact Charmaine Crockett at, (808) 956-7539. For registration questions please contact the registration desk at, phone (808) 956-8816, fax (808) 956-4437.