Last year I was part of the organisational committee for the first Interactive Technologies: Education, Rehabilitation and Disability conference at Nottingham Trent University. The conference now enters its second year, with strengthening ties to the Game City festival and a view to a special edition of Computers and Education in 2010.
The conference aims to bring together academics and practitioners to showcase practice and to show how research ideas and outcomes can be mainstreamed. It will introduce a wider audience to key findings and products from research and will illustrate how practice feeds back into and informs research. Joint academic-practitioner papers are welcomed; the conference will create a forum for two-way communication between the academic and practitioner communities.
This years’ conference, titled ‘Interactive Technologies and Games: Education, Health and Disability’ will be held at NTU in Nottingham on 27th October 2009. If you’re interested in attending, exhibiting or presenting at the conference, the important dates have been released with the call for papers. This is a Word Document and opens in a new window.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 26th June 2009. There is a conference fee of £60 (concessions £30). I’ll add details of the Conference website as these are confirmed. For those specifically interested in the Disability Strand, topics to be covered (but not limited to) include:
- Approaches to making Virtual Environments (VE), computer and video games accessible by all
- Assistive technologies for people with disabilities and elderly people
- Practical applications of VE and serious games for the education of people with disabilities and elderly people (in e.g. work preparation, travel training)
- Location based services for navigation and reconnection of people with disabilities
- Art and music rehabilitation in 3D multisensory environments
- The engagement potential of serious games for young people at risk of social exclusion (e.g., offenders, those with learning disabilities)
- Design for All
- Including people with disabilities in the design of serious games, assistive technologies and VE.