The Open University of Israel,  The Leverhulme Trust
Ed-ICT International Network:
Students with Disabilities, ICT, Post-Compulsory
Education & Employment: In Search of New Designs

We have the pleasure to invite you to the International Conference that will take place in 13-14 March 2018 at Metropolitan hotel, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Tali Heiman, Dorit Olenik-Shemesh, Dana Kaspi-Tsahor 
Department of Education and Psychology

The Open University of Israel
Day 1: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
8:45-9:15 Registration: tea/coffee
9:15-9:45 T. Heiman (The Open University of Israel)
Welcome and Introduction
D. Kaspi-Tsahor (The Open University of Israel)
Kick-off Meeting: Icebreaker 
9:45-11:15 Session 1: ICTs Implementation in the Lives of Young Adults with Disabilities

J. Seale (The Open University, UK)
Making Higher Education More Accessible to Disabled Students: Do We Need New Technologies or New Technology Practices?
C. N. Shpigelman (University of Haifa)
The Meaning of Technology in the Lives of Young Persons with Disabilities
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:45 Session 2: New Design of Assistive Technology in Higher Education in Israel: Various Perspectives

M. Lavie (Dean of Students, The Open University of Israel)
Institutional Practices of Accessibility in Higher Education
M. Rimon (CEO, Access Israel)
Accessibility in the Digital Era
M. Shik Har-Tuv (Head of the Legal Department, Access Israel)
Accessibility of Internet Services in Israel

E. Benish (Accessibility consultant, Israel)
Improving the Accessibility in Services-based Bot – web Robot
M. Walter-Levi (Google, Israel)
Accessible Applications: To be Equal among Equals
12:45-13:45 Break & Lunch
13:45-14:45 Panel 1: International Perspectives: Approaches to Integrating Technologies and Promoting the Design of Accessible ICTs for Students with Disabilities in Higher Education
UK – T. Coughlan (The Open University, UK)
Canada – L. King (French College, Montreal)
USA – D. Comden (Washington University)
Germany – B. Fisseler (University of Hagen)
Israel – B. Engelberg-Behr (The Open University of Israel)
14.45-15:30 Session 3: Individual and Social Experience of Students with Disabilities with ICTs

N. Almog (Ono Academic College, Israel)
Social Aspects in the Academic Journey of Students as Related to Technology
H. Zeltzer Fallah (V.P. DAGESH, Israel)
Assistive Technology – From Trying to Doing
15.30-16:30 Discussion: B. Fisseler (University of Hagen)
Reflections on Design
Day 2: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
8:45-9:15 Registration: tea/coffee
9:15-10:15 Session 4: Challenges and Facilitators for Promoting New Designs of ICTs in Higher Education: Future Directions
L. Shalev-Mevorach (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)
Eye-tracking Reveals the Difficulties in Reading Comprehension of Students with ADHD: New Findings and Future Directions
S. Eden (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
Students with Intellectual Disabilities Attending Regular Courses
10:15-11:30 Panel 2: Israeli Higher Education Students Panel
Academic, Social and Emotional Implications of Using Technology
11:30-11:45 Break
11:45-13:15 Session 5: Advanced, Innovative Technologies and New Designs

I. Meir
(CEO “Right Hear“, Israel:
"Open Your Eyes" How Technology Improves the Lives of the Blind and Visually Impaired
E. Rodman (Director of Marketing, OrCam, Israel)
"Secret Powers" - Breakthrough Artificial Vision Gives Independence

G. Rabbanim (Head of Digital Accessibility, The Open University of Israel)
Inclusive Videos in E-Learning and Sites Accessibility
B. Shrieber
(Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts, Israel)
Using Mind-Mapping Software to Initiate Writing Tasks and Organizing Ideas for Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD
I. Adato-Biran (
Ono Academic College, Israel)
Assistive Technology for Learning Applications – Trends and Challenges
13:15-14:30 Break & Lunch
14:30-15:30 J. Seale (The Open University, UK)
Discussion and Future Implications
15:30-15:45 T. Heiman (The Open University of Israel)