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News from the ACM Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing

2017 SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact Award winner

Providing access to graphical user interfaces—not graphical screens

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2017 Best Student Paper

Technology-Mediated Sight: A Case Study of Early Adopters of a Low Vision Assistive Technology

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2017 Best Paper

Evaluating the Usability of Automatically Generated Captions for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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October 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the October issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights three articles that tackle the challenges faced by visually impaired people through a variety of different approaches, ranging from educational games and artificial intelligence to smartglasses applications. In the first article, Barbara Leoporini and Eleonora Palmucci present an accessible mobile educational game and investigate issues related to gesture input and enjoyment when accessing information via screen reader. In the second article, Hernisa Kacorri explores a novel approach of empowering end-users to personalize technology by consciously providing training examples and actively interacting with machine learning algorithms to increase their accuracy. In the third article, Shiri Azenkot and Yuhang Zhao discuss their ongoing research on designing augmented reality applications for low vision users. Particularly, they provide an overview of three research projects that illustrate their research agenda.

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Call for Applications: SIGACCESS 2017 Travel Scholarship Awards

We invite a second round of applications for the 2017 ACM SIGACCESS Travel Scholarships. These awards provide support for practitioners, researchers, members of advocacy groups, and individuals with disabilities who are interested in the field of computers and accessibility, to actively participate in the 2017 ASSETS conference. The scholarship award is in the amount of $2,000. Application Deadline: August 23rd, 2017. More information.

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June 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the June issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights four articles that have a common theme: Broadening the Accessibility of the Computing Field. In the first article, Richard Ladner and Andreas Stefik present some of their efforts in bring computer science to K-12 students in the United States (US) and in other countries through AccessCSforAll, a National Science Foundation project. Following, Kelly Steelman and Charles Wallace, being educators at a rural technologically-focused university saw opportunities to bring isolated older adults into a larger digital community, while simultaneously offering students with valuable first-hand experience learning about and addressing the challenges faced by older adults. In the third article, Jennifer Mankoff and Shari Trewin summarise the efforts being made by SIGCHI Accessibility Community and SIGACCESS members to update and expand the SIGACCESS accessibility guidelines to the broad range of conference types and sizes found in SIGCHI. In the last article, Paredes, Moreno, and Pühretmair provide a report on the 10th edition of the International Conference on Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion (DSAI).

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Call for Nominations: ASSETS Paper Impact Award (Sep 1 deadline)

Is there an ASSETS paper, published in 2007 or earlier, that has influenced your work? If so, please email the title and authors to clayton.lewis-ta-nullcolorado-tod-edu, as soon as possible.  We’ll use the information you provide in the selection process for this year’s SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact Award. You can also submit a formal nomination, by September 1, as described there, but we also welcome your informal suggestions, now. To jog your memory, there’s a list of …

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Call for Applications: SIGACCESS 2017 Travel Scholarship Awards

We invite applications for the 2017 ACM SIGACCESS Travel Scholarships. These awards provide support for practitioners, researchers, members of advocacy groups, and individuals with disabilities who are interested in the field of computers and accessibility, to actively participate in the 2017 ASSETS conference. The scholarship award is in the amount of $2,000. Application Deadline: July 1st, 2017. More information.

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NEW conference accessibility resources now available

Generate an accessibility FAQ for your conference, and see the expanded Conference Accessibility Guidelines

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ACM’s commitment to accessibility

Recent CACM article on ACM’s commitment to accessibility

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