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.

COVID-19 Update

Upon careful consideration regarding the spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States, we are rescheduling the Nonvisual Access Conference to fall of 2020. Stay tuned for more details.

Dates and Location

Fall 2020
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230

Teaching Access Technology Using Structured Discovery Techniques

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

Accessible App Development Seminars

  • Hands-on accessible iOS app development with Apple
  • 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.

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.