The Center on Disabilities at CSUN is proud to open the 34th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference with an excellent keynote and the awarding of the Strache Leadership Award and Dr. Arthur I. Karshmer Award for Assistive Technology Research.
Keynote Address - Johanna Lucht Johanna Lucht, the first deaf engineer at NASA to take an active role in control room during crewed fight test, will be our Keynote Speaker. Ms. Lucht’s life, to date, is an impressive example of determination in overcoming obstacles and challenges. Ms. Lucht, born to a hearing family in Germany where resources for the deaf were limited, was not even discovered to be deaf until she was three years old. She learned her first true language, ASL, at the age of nine.
Strache Leadership Award - Sean Keegan Mr. Keegan is the Director of the California Community Colleges Accessibility Center, a grant project funded from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and located at the CCC Technology Center at Butte College. The role of the CCC Accessibility Center is to provide training, resources, and technical assistance to faculty and staff of California's community colleges to improve access for students with disabilities. Prior to the CCC Accessibility Center, Sean was an Associate Director in the Office of Accessible Education at Stanford University, overseeing the alternate format production program and training students on assistive technology solutions. Mr. Keegan is the Past President of the Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN), an organization focusing on access technology solutions for students with disabilities in higher education.