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ASSETS Student Research Competition Undergraduate Winner Mitchell Gordon wins 2nd place in ACM Grand Finals

ASSETS 2014 SRC Winner awarded 2nd place in ACM Grand Finals.

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June 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to the June 2015 issue of the SIGACCESS newsletter. In the first article, Eelke Folmer presents an innovative project that aims to use unmanned aerial robots to guide blind runners on a track. He describes a prototype and identifies some of the research challenges his lab is trying to tackle. In the next article and following his Best Paper Award at ASSETS’14, Charles Fage writes an article about his work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. We reports on a 3-month pilot study with 10 children in mainstreamed schools. In the third and last article, Erin Brady investigates the use of a human-powered access tool that connects people with visual impairments to sighted workers who can answer their visual questions.

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SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact Award – call for nominations

Important Dates Deadline for nominations: July 1, 2015 Notification of Selection: August 1, 2015 ASSETS 2015 Conference: October 26-28, 2015, Lisbon, Portugal Please send to bruce.walker [at] psych.gatech.edu Award Description The SIGACCESS Impact Award is presented every other year (in odd-numbered years) to the authors of an ASSETS conference paper that has had a significant impact on computing and information technology that addresses the needs of persons with disabilities. Technical papers presented 10 or more …

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SIGACCESS 2015 Travel Scholarship – call for applications

We invite applications for the 2015 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 2015 ASSETS conference. The scholarship award is in the amount of $2,000. Application Deadline: July 1st, 2015 For more information: http://www.sigaccess.org/awards/sigaccess-scholarship/

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January 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to the January issue of the SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights the ACM ASSETS 2014 Conference. The first article written by the General and Program chairs, Sri Kurniawan and John Richards, respectively, provides an overview of the conference. The following 9 articles describe the research work of the students who attended the ASSETS 2014 Doctoral Consortium led by Jinjuan Feng and Claude Chapdelaine.

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2014 Best Paper

Tablet-based activity schedule for children with autism in mainstream environment

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2014 Best Student Paper

Tactile Graphics with a Voice: Using QR Codes to Access Text in Tactile Graphics

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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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