Call for Participation




“Universal Design in Information Technology”

21-23 September 2016 – Manisa/TURKEY

“BILTEVT16: International Congress on Barrier-Free Information Technology” will be held by Turkish Platform on Barrier-Free Information Technology and hosted by Celal Bayar University between 21 and 23 September 2016 in Manisa/Turkey. The secretarial works of the Congress will be conducted by Celal Bayar University (Secretariat of Turkish Platform of Barrier-Free Information Technology). Numerous organizations, particularly the governmental institutions have cooperated with us in organization of the Congress. Cooperation interviews with some other institutions are currently in progress.

We anticipate that the congress will attract considerable attention and active participation of national and foreign representatives, experts or academicians from various ICT Firms, governmental institutions, civil society organizations, disability centers of universities.

The Congress is of vital importance due to the fact that it will provide a platform and for ICT companies to reach their technology products or services to their target groups and for academicians, researchers or representatives of various organizations to exchange their experiences; to discuss the current situation and the existing challenges or to draft a plan of action for the tasks to be carried out in the field of information services designed for persons with disabilities.

Your participation to this significant event will certainly contribute a lot to reaching its objectives. We hope that “2015 International Congress on Barrier-Free Information Technology” will constitute a major step forward in the field of ICT accessibility.

Important Dates:

June 20, 2016 Deadline for submission of abstracts
June 30, 2016 Abstracts and posting of Evaluation Results
June 20, 2016 Special Session Proposal submission Deadline
August 10, 2016 Full paper submission Deadline
August 30, 2016 , the announcement of the Congress Final Program

Smart Cities – Accessibility in Information Technology – Disability Access Studies in Electronic Communication – Education Information Technology – Employment and Information – Mobile Learning – Distance Learning – Disabled and Media – e-Government Applications – Fatih Project – Life Easier Software – Success Stories – World and European Union applications – Universities and Information – Innovation and Entrepreneurship –
Visually Impaired and IT – Deaf and IT – Autism and IT – IT in Special Education

Deadline for submission of abstracts


Panel Discussion: The Panel Discussions will provide an opportunity for the experts to exchange information and ideas on the general situation and challenges of information services for persons with disabilities both in Turkey and in the World. Proposals for sessions are welcomed.Papers: Summaries of academic papers to be submitted by participants will be shared and assessed by the relevant board members and duly published on our website. Invited papers from eminent experts will also take place among other academic papers.

Presentations by ICT Companies and Seminars:

The seminars to be held will aim ensuring exchange of information and experiences between organizations and individuals. Universities, ICT Firms and civil society organizations are expected to display applications and technological innovations.

Workshop: Workshop on FATIH (Movement of Enhancing Opportunities and Improving Technology) Project and Persons with Disabilities will be organized for the fourth time within the scope of the Congress. The workshop was organized for the first time in 2012 in Manisa as part of a symposium and it contributes a lot to the researches in the field.              

Applied ICT Workshops:

Within the scope of the Congress, various workshops will be held in order to make a contribution to applications in the field. The participants of the workshops will receive certificates of attendance.

  • E-Commerce Workshop: The workshop will aim providing e-commerce training to participants, particularly to persons with disabilities.
  • Workshop on Web accessibility and usability: The workshop will aim providing basic information to the participants about web accessibility and usability.

Booths: Booths that will be open during the Congress activities will provide an opportunity for organizations and companies to display their projects and applications. 

ICT Accessibility Awards

Turkish Platform on Barrier-Free Information whose secretariat work is conducted by Celal Bayar University will grant accessibility awards to successful information services for persons with disabilities.

The Award Ceremony will take place on 21 September 2016, shortly after the opening ceremony. The award ceremony, being held for the third time, aims granting awards to individuals or organizations that have directly or indirectly contributed to persons with disabilities in terms of facilitating access to education, information services and public services or enhancing social and economic life by making use of information technologies.


Celal Bayar University

Turkish Platform on Barrier- Free İnformation Technology

Contact Person

Mustafa Özhan KALAÇ
Coordinator of Barrier-Free Information Technology Platform

[email protected]

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