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SIGCHI and SIGACCESS working together to improve accessibility

SIGCHI and SIGACCESS working together to improve accessibility SIGACCESS Newsletter Issue 118 June 2017 SIGCHI and SIGACCESS Working Together to Improve Accessibility Jennifer Mankoff Carnegie Mellon University jmankoff@cs.cmu.edu Shari Trewin IBM Research trewin@us.ibm.com The field of computing is one that has a special relationship with disability due to both the many opportunities and many flaws that computers present with respect to disability access. However, despite many successes in this arena, the conferences and digital resources of the Association for Computing Machinery are still not all accessible to people with disabilities. The SIGACCESS community has tried over the years to lead the way in providing an example of how to do this right. It pioneered the use of HTML in the 1990s and forged agreements with ACM publishers to support conference paper accessibility, and has always had excellent representation among people with disabilities at its flagship ASSETS conference. SIGACCESS maintains a set of accessibility resources for ACM authors, presenters and conference organizers on it's website (http://www.sigaccess.org/welcome-to-sigaccess/resources/). More recently (about three years ago), the SIGCHI Accessibility Community formed to begin tackling conference and digital resource access issues within the SIG on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI). Thanks to pioneering work by Jonathan Lazar and others (summarized in a recent http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing Association for Computing Machinery

SIGCHI and SIGACCESS working together to improve accessibility

SIGCHI and SIGACCESS working together to improve accessibility


SIGACCESS Newsletter Issue 118 June 2017 SIGCHI and SIGACCESS Working Together to Improve Accessibility Jennifer Mankoff Carnegie Mellon University jmankoff@cs.cmu.edu Shari Trewin IBM Research trewin@us.ibm.com The field of computing is one that has a special relationship with disability due to both the many opportunities and many flaws that computers present with respect to disability access. However, despite many successes in this arena, the conferences and digital resources of the Association for Computing Machinery are still not all accessible to people with disabilities. The SIGACCESS community has tried over the years to lead the way in providing an example of how to do this right. It pioneered the use of HTML in the 1990s and forged agreements with ACM publishers to support conference paper accessibility, and has always had excellent representation among people with disabilities at its flagship ASSETS conference. SIGACCESS maintains a set of accessibility resources for ACM authors, presenters and conference organizers on it's website (http://www.sigaccess.org/welcome-to-sigaccess/resources/). More recently (about three years ago), the SIGCHI Accessibility Community formed to begin tackling conference and digital resource access issues within the SIG on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI). Thanks to pioneering work by Jonathan Lazar and others (summarized in a recent CACM article on making the field of computing more accessible1), many excellent seeds had been planted, and even borne fruit by the time the SIGCHI Accessibility Community formed. Despite this, however, in its 2015 report on the state of accessibility within SIGCHI, summarized in Mankoff, 20162, it was clear that much more still needs to be done before SIGCHI is fully accessible. Since then, the SIGCHI Accessibility Community and SIGACCESS members have embarked on a joint effort to update and expand the SIGACCESS conference accessibility guidelines to be more relevant to the broad range...
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Association for Computing Machinery
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Copyright © 2017 by ACM Inc.
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1558-2337
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10.1145/3124144.3124147
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SIGACCESS Newsletter Issue 118 June 2017 SIGCHI and SIGACCESS Working Together to Improve Accessibility Jennifer Mankoff Carnegie Mellon University jmankoff@cs.cmu.edu Shari Trewin IBM Research trewin@us.ibm.com The field of computing is one that has a special relationship with disability due to both the many opportunities and many flaws that computers present with respect to disability access. However, despite many successes in this arena, the conferences and digital resources of the Association for Computing Machinery are still not all accessible to people with disabilities. The SIGACCESS community has tried over the years to lead the way in providing an example of how to do this right. It pioneered the use of HTML in the 1990s and forged agreements with ACM publishers to support conference paper accessibility, and has always had excellent representation among people with disabilities at its flagship ASSETS conference. SIGACCESS maintains a set of accessibility resources for ACM authors, presenters and conference organizers on it's website (http://www.sigaccess.org/welcome-to-sigaccess/resources/). More recently (about three years ago), the SIGCHI Accessibility Community formed to begin tackling conference and digital resource access issues within the SIG on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI). Thanks to pioneering work by Jonathan Lazar and others (summarized in a recent

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ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and ComputingAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Jul 13, 2017

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