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News from the ACM Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing

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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Call for STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: 50 Years of the ACM Turing Award Celebration

In June this year, ACM will celebrate 50 Years of the A.M. Turing Award, which recognizes major contributions of lasting importance in computing. Through the years, it has become the most prestigious award in the field, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of computing.” ACM will celebrate both the award and the visionaries who have received it with a conference on June 23 – 24, 2017 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. …

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January 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the January issue of the SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights the ACM ASSETS 2016 Conference. The first article written by the General and Program chairs, Jinjuan Heidi Feng and Matt Huenerfauth, respectively, provides an overview of the conference. The following seven articles describe the research work of the students who attended the ASSETS 2016 Doctoral Consortium led by Amy Hurst and Karyn Moffatt.

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2016 Best Paper

Would You Be Mine: Appropriating Minecraft as an Assistive Technology for Youth with Autism

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2016 Best Student Paper

Uncovering Challenges and Opportunities for 3D Printing Assistive Technology with Physical Therapists

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October 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the October 2016 issue of the SIGACCESS newsletter. In the first article Kirsty Noble and Michael Crabb describe their work on improving board game overall accessibility. They present a preliminary study that uncovers some of the problems in current board game sessions. They end the article by providing a set of design guidelines for augmented physical board games. In the second article Aditya Vashistha and Richard Anderson present their main findings after conducting two studies on how low-income blind people in India appropriate general-purpose technologies to overcome socioeconomic barriers. They finish by providing specific recommendations to the SIGACCESS community. Finally, Reuben Kirkam writes a very interesting and personal view on the current implementation and limitations of disability discrimination law. Central to this discussion and analysis is the concept of reasonable adjustment and its impact on the rights of people with disabilities.

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Richard E. Ladner: Outstanding Contribution Recipient 2016

In recognition of his life-long dedication to growing the field of accessible computing research and inclusion of people with disabilities in accessibility research.

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June 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the June 2016 issue of the SIGACCESS newsletter. Eduardo Pérez and Myriam Arrue write the first article of the 115th issue of the SIGACCESS Newsletter. Following their Best Communication Award at Web for All 2016 (W4A’16) conference, the authors present their work on designing virtual cursors to assist motor-impaired users during web browsing tasks. In the second article, João Guerreiro talks about his research on changing the status quo of screen readers by leveraging concurrent speech feedback to speed-up blind people’s scanning for digital information.

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SIGACCESS remembers Torsten Felzer

With great sadness the SIGACCESS Leadership marks the passing of Dr. Torsten Felzer.

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