Press Release

Singer, Songwriter Stevie Wonder to Present Cal State Northridge with the 'Accessible Technology Pioneer Award'




 Contact: Paul Browning, 562-951-4064, (March 5, 2008)

Twenty-five-time Grammy Award winning performer Stevie Wonder will present California State University, Northridge (CSUN) with the CSU’s first “Accessible Technology Pioneer Award” March 12 during the campus’ 23rd Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference, which takes place March 10-15. The award, which will be accepted by CSUN President Dr. Jolene Koester, will be presented during a reception that will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Montura Hotel at LAX. CSUN is being honored by the CSU Office of the Chancellor’s Accessible Technology Initiative staff for the success of the conference in advancing the field of accessible technology by bringing together the foremost academic experts, technology innovators and companies, and consumer advocates in one venue.  “Cal State Northridge has worked diligently to ensure that those with disabilities receive the information and assistance they need to eliminate many of the barriers in their personal, academic and working lives,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “What happens at the conference is an inspiration and valuable resource to many at the CSU who have worked hard to further the success of our Accessible Technology Initiative.” The largest of its kind in the world, the five-day conference often attracts recognizable individuals with disabilities, such as Stevie Wonder who attends each year. The conference features major product releases, important research announcements, and is the most popular meeting place for those in this growing industry. Taking place at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott and Renaissance Montura hotels, the conference is expected this year to attract more than 5,000 people eager to learn about the technologies and products available to people with disabilities for use in the classroom, office and at home.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 89,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See