ICT Online Event Symposium Call for Proposals

ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium logo on the left and testing equipment on the right

Submission Deadline (1000 words): Friday, 26 June 2020

The 5th Annual ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium: Time for Testing in Testing Times
(Remote Work, Commerce, Education, Support…)

When: Week of October 19, 2020 (Specific schedule TBD)

Workshops and Instructional Courses: Weeks Prior/Post Symposium (TBD)

It goes without saying that these are testing times for everyone as society collectively deals with the Covid-19 global pandemic. Workers, retailers, restauranteurs, teachers, students, and customer support operators are finding themselves obliged to move to online as the primary means of collaboration with colleagues and customers. It also goes without saying that a considerable number of these systems featured no or poor accessibility development/testing.

Given this rapid transition of many who are new to such online tools, the amount of additional accessibility blockers is growing by the day. Do developers and administrators of new websites and other digital content have accessibility in mind? Most likely not. Do the tools they use to quickly implement new websites, Apps, and electronic documents automatically generate accessible code? Commonly no.

As a profession, we have had to cope with our own business issues in the same ways as those in other industries. We've also had to step up to support those in other industries to help solve their accessibility problems, many of which have only emerged as a result of the massive switch to online operations. A lot has happened in a short time, and there is much that can be gained by sharing our positive (and perhaps, negative?) experiences in ICT Accessibility Testing research and practice. To play our part, we have to be here to provide support to those tackling their technology issues, so that we may help them ensure equitable access for all members of our society.

Our annual symposium has traditionally been a place for inperson knowledge sharing and for professional face-to-face networking. Let's use this year's online symposium to continue sharing what works during the current situation and beyond, and let's continue networking with our peers—but this time online—the same way that so many of us are getting used to while we go through this together.

Sincerely, Dr. Chris M. Law, Chair, & Matt Feldman, Co-Chair,
2020 Symposium Committee


Note: Given the new/current situation in the World, as reflected in our symposium theme this year—Time for Testing in Testing Times—we particularly encourage submissions relating to Remote Work, Commerce, Education, Support, etc. We encourage submissions relating to the themes concerning management of testing teams, new and innovative ways of working that have resulted from the pandemic response, etc.

We also welcome submissions under traditional themes as listed in the Submissions PDF, page 2. Research, development, and practice submissions are welcome. Submissions can be cross-cutting / interdisciplinary, covering more than one theme.

See the Submissions PDF for more information about requirements for submitting proposals to the symposium.

Submission instructions

For all submission formats, prepare a 1,000-word description, and indicate your preferred format, thematic area(s) and testing domain.

Authors are strongly encouraged to cite/reference—in addition to other published works— past papers from the preceding four years of the Symposium. Copies of past symposium proceedings can be found at: https://ictaccessibilitytesting.org/Programs.html

The submission deadline is Friday, June 26. Submit your proposal using the link at the symposium website: https://www.ictaccessibilitytesting.org

Ray Charles Foundation Establishes Neurosurgery Scholarship

Los Angeles,Dec2,2019

Press Release – LOS ANGELES (Dec. 2, 2019) — The Ray Charles Foundation has made an investment in the future, donating $1 million to fund a new neurosurgery scholarship program at Cedars-Sinai.

Under the direction of Keith L. Black, MD, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery, scholarship recipients will receive personalized, mentored research training from Cedars-Sinai’s neurosciences faculty members while conducting their own research projects.

“This generous gift allows us to create a program, the Ray Charles Foundation Scholars Fund in Neurosurgery, that will help us invest in the future,” Black said. “We hope that these scholars will continue to give back to their communities.”

The scholarship program will accept one or two MD or PhD students to participate in the program every year. The scholars then will be matched with a principal investigator who will provide mentorship, guidance and career-development advice. Scholars also will be able to access the day-to-day resources and training that they need as they carry out their research projects.

Tribute display for Ray Charles
Ray Charles Foundation President Valerie Ervin with a photo of the music legend at the foundation headquarters in Los Angeles. Photo by Cedars-Sinai.

“The knowledge and insight these scholars will gain through this experience will help prepare them to serve as the healers, scientists and thought leaders of tomorrow,” Black said.

The Ray Charles Foundation Scholars Fund in Neurosurgery aims to promote representation and enhance diversity in the neurosciences by supporting the training of students who come from underrepresented backgrounds, with a focus on historically black colleges and universities.

Valerie Ervin, president of The Ray Charles Foundation, says that the goal is to create a training pipeline that helps shape the careers of future leaders in the field of neuroscience.

“It is an honor, on behalf of The Ray Charles Foundation and its board of directors, to partner with Cedars-Sinai and Dr. Black in shaping the future for the next generation in science and medicine through The Ray Charles Foundation Scholars Fund in Neurosurgery,” Ervin said. “The mentorship and teaching in this program in the name of Ray Charles are immeasurable and will set the tone for the next generation of doctors.”

Legendary singer and songwriter Ray Charles (1930–2004) gave a gift to Cedars-Sinai about 15 years ago to name the Ray Charles Cafeteria and Conference Center to convey his appreciation for the care he received at the medical center. Founded in 1986, The Ray Charles Foundation continues in the legacy of its founder by supporting philanthropic programs in music, education and healthcare.

Read more in Discoveries: Women in Neurosurgery

URL : http://www.cedars-sinai.org/newsroom/ray-charles-foundation-establishes-neurosurgery-scholarship/