Nonvisual Access Conference

A three-day, hands-on conference being offered at the National Federation of the Blind that includes a Teaching Access Technology Using Structured Discovery Techniques seminar along with Accessible App Development seminars on the iOS and Android platforms.

Dates and Location

Tuesday, April 14 through Thursday, April 16, 2020
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230

Day 1: Teaching Access Technology Using Structured Discovery Techniques

April 14, 2020

Presented by access technology professionals focusing on the intersection between access technology education and structured discovery philosophy, this train-the-trainer seminar features the structured discovery philosophy of teaching and learning access technology in a school setting or for professional development.

This seminar is for teachers of the blind, blindness professionals, and developers.

What is Structured Discovery?

  • Explores and encourages self-initiated problem solving and critical concepts in a prepared setting to develop efficient nonvisual skills
  • Promotes empowerment and independence through positive emotional and behavioral acceptance of blindness
  • Depends on a Socratic method of teaching

Days 2 & 3: Accessible App Development Seminars

April 15, 2020: Hands-on accessible iOS app development with Apple
April 16, 2020: Hands-on accessible Android app development with Google

In collaboration with accessibility professionals from Apple, Google, and the National Federation of the Blind, the accessible app development seminars are hands-on trainings that teach developers and other business professionals how to improve their coding skills and make mobile apps accessible to blind and low-vision users.

These seminars are for app developers and business professionals looking to create apps.

All Apps Can Be Designed To Be Accessible

  • Banking and paying bills
  • Healthcare management
  • Email and professional tools
  • Reading, games, other leisure activities
  • Ordering food and obtaining transportation

When apps are not designed with accessibility in mind blind people are unable to benefit from their use and companies cannot cash in on this customer base.

The final agenda will be confirmed by February 28, 2020.


To register, please complete the Nonvisual Access Conference registration form. The registration deadline is Friday, April 10, 2020.

Registration Rates

  • Three-Day Conference Bundle: $125
  • Single Day Rate: $50 per seminar

Registration includes admission and lunch.

Call for Presentations

We are soliciting presentation proposals for the Teaching Access Technology Using Structured Discovery Techniques seminar. We encourage you to share your expertise! Presentation topics may include:

  • Training techniques
  • Self-guided learning
  • Theory of Technology Education
  • Any additional relevant topics

Presentations can be thirty or sixty minutes in length. Interactive elements are encouraged.

To Submit a Proposal

Please submit your proposal as a Word or Google document to Matt Hackert at

Please include the title of your presentation, your name, affiliation, and contact details. Provide a brief description of your planned presentation's goal and what you will cover; bullet points are fine as long as your planned content is substantive and clear.

The deadline to submit proposals is February 14, 2020 and notifications of acceptance will be made February 21, 2020.

Although we cannot provide travel support to all presenters, limited assistance may be available for those otherwise not able to attend. Please inquire if assistance is needed.

More Information

Conference Chair
Chancey Fleet, Assistive Technology Coordinator
New York Public Library 

Conference Coordinator
Matt Hackert, Access Technology Specialist
National Federation of the Blind 

The Nonvisual Access Conference is supported by the State of Maryland through the Nonvisual Accessibility Initiative (NVAI) grant administered by the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD), to support the NFB Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access (CENA) in Education, Public Information, and Commerce.