By Dave Wilkinson
Anyone who has attended the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference knows there is nothing quite like it. I went to my first CSUN in 1999, just 3 weeks after taking my first job in this industry. I was mesmerized by all the hustle and bustle that was going on around me. It seems fitting that just one month into my new position as Director of Sales with APH that I would be back at CSUN as part of the introduction to my new position. The experience did not disappoint. The excitement and wonder that comes with passion and innovation is still in evidence.
APH prides itself for being on the cutting edge of assistive technology. At this year’s CSUN it was easy to see why. People crowded our booth to get their hands on the Graphiti, our one-of-a-kind tactile display. They eagerly sought out the Orbit Reader 20, a device that is revolutionizing the cost of refreshable braille. Our friends at Bristol Braille came to our booth and demonstrated the Canute, the first multiline braille display designed especially for reading books with large amounts of text.
APH presented several packed sessions at CSUN covering topics such as Braille Blaster, our free braille translation program, the afore-mentioned Graphiti, Indoor Explorer (the indoor navigation component of Nearby Explorer), and so much more. APH’s innovations added to the excitement of the conference – there really is a particular vibe at CSUN that you just don’t find anywhere else.
Sessions and exhibits are the public face of CSUN, but behind the scenes countless meetings take place. This is where the magic happens and connections are made for good. For APH, these meetings included opportunities to talk to current partners such as HumanWare and VFO, while exploring new possibilities with companies and organizations like Microsoft, Altix, RNIB, Vision Australia, and others. APH believes in the power of partnerships, and we are always looking for ways to do good work together.
But most of all, conferences such as CSUN are a time for us to connect with the people we serve, to learn how we can meet their needs today and in the future. I remember going to the APH booth at CSUN as as a customer and how cool it was to meet the people who made some of my favorite products. Now I’m on the other side and it’s equally exciting to meet those customers who used to be me! APH is always looking for opportunities to reach out to our customers at conferences so if you missed us at CSUN, you can count on us being near you sometime soon. We look forward to seeing you in the near and brighter future.