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September 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to September 2014 SIGACCESS newsletter. Following his recent SIGCHI Social Impact Award, Richard Ladner writes a very personal article on his path to become a full-on accessibility researcher. Indeed, a very interesting reading on the why’s and how’s of his career shift from mathematics and theoretical computer science to accessibility. Along the way he leaves us with useful advices and noteworthy experiences. The second article describes BESiDE, an UK-based project, established within the context of older people’s care environments. The fundamental aim is to provide understanding towards defining the enabling and disabling elements of the built environment. The author provides an overview of on-going research, initial findings, and future work. In the third and last article, authors from University of Tokyo and IBM Research – Tokyo – describe a platform called “Senior Cloud” that supports a novel social model where seniors play an active role in society.

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Vicki L. Hanson: Outstanding Contribution Recipient 2014

For sustained and wide-ranging contributions including industry, academia, and policy organizations.

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Professor Vicki Hanson becomes ACM Vice President

Professor Vicki L. Hanson, past SIGACCESS Chair, takes up her new role as Vice President of ACM

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Accepting Nominations for the 2014 SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions

We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 SIGACCESS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the development of computing technologies which improve the accessibility of media and services to people with disabilities. Outstanding contributions through research, practice, or advocacy are recognized. Towards this goal, contributions are considered from academia, industry, as well as other professions that focus on computer users with …

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June 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to June 2014 SIGACCESS newsletter. The first article in this issue presents collaborative work by Ravi Kuber, Shaojian Zhu, Yevgeniy Arber, Kirk Norman and Charlotte Magnusson that uses geomagic touch haptic devices to improve the non-visual Web browsing process. The second article by Nic Hollinworth, Kate Allen, Gosia Kwiatkowska, Andy Minnion, and Faustina Hwang discusses a project that engages people with learning disabilities as co-designers in the development of interactive sensory objects. The third article presents the work of Dr. Stephanie Ludi to improve access to math and science lecture material for visually impaired students.

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January 2014 Newsletter

This issue highlights the ACM ASSETS 2013 Conference. The first article written by Dr. Richard Ladner and Dr. Clayton Lewis provides an overview of the conference. A report on the first ASSETS captioning challenge was contributed by Dr. Raja Kushalnagar. The remaining ten articles highlight the research work of the students who attended the ASSETS 2013 doctoral consortium.

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Chieko Asakawa and Takashi Itoh: 2013 Impact Award

User Interface of a Home Page Reader

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2013 Best Student Paper

Wheelchair-based Game Design for Older Adults

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2013 Best Paper

Improving Public Transit Accessibility for Blind Riders by Crowdsourcing Bus Stop Landmark Locations with Google Street View

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September 2013 Newsletter

The first article in this issue presents recent research by Cynthia Putnam and Jinghui Cheng that helps therapists make more informed decisions when choosing commercial motion games to assist rehabilitation. The second article by John Schoeberlein and Yuanqiong Wang discusses a collaborative writing application for blind users. The third article by Jesica Rivero-Espinosaa, Andrés Iglesias-Péreza, Jose Antonio Gutiérrez-Dueñasa, and Xavier Rafael-Paloub discribes an AAL architecture to provide active aging services for senior users.

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