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October 2020 Newsletter

Issue 128 Preview: Welcome to the October 2020 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. The first two articles feature the work by the authors of the best Technical and Best Communication award from W4A 2020. First, Eraslan et al. discuss the ScanPath algorithm and its capabilities in detecting autism discussing the opportunities for future work. Next, Sala et al. presents a user study of five Spanish public e-services. The last article by Lynn Kirabo discusses …

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June 2020 Newsletter

Issue 127 Preview: Welcome to the June 2020 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. In this issue first article, SIGACCESS calls upon its research community for proposals to combat racism and ableism within computer science. The second article highlights the largest ASSETS yet, marking the 25th anniversary since the first conference in 1994, the 2019 edition in Pittsburgh. The third article provides an overview of the discussions that took place at the 2019 CSCW workshop …

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January 2020 Newsletter

Issue 126 Preview: Welcome to the January 2020 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights the ACM ASSETS 2019 Doctoral Consortium and presents a report on the efforts made to make the poster and demo session accessible. Additionally, you will find an report by Access SIGCHI on the status of accessibility practices and policies within SIGCHI.

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October 2019 Newsletter

Issue 125 Preview: Welcome to the October 2019 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights the upcoming ASSETS 2019 Workshop AI Fairness for People with Disabilities and features eight of its position papers. Additionally, you will find an article on the benefits of accessibility topics in course curricula.

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June 2019 Newsletter

Issue 124 Preview: Welcome to the June 2019 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. In the first article, Clayton Lewis writes an interesting article on how machine learning can benefit people with cognitive disabilities, what are the current technology limitations, and how can we, as a community, overcome them. In the second article, Carringyon, Laput, and Bigham present SpokeSense, a sensing solution designed for wheelchair basketball players that provides support for both long-term and real-time …

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January 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to the January 2019 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights the ACM ASSETS 2018 Conference. The first article, written by Faustina Hwang (General Chair), Joanna McGrenere (Program Chair), David Flatla (Program Chair), and Anke Brock (Treasurer and Registration Chair) provides an overview of the ASSETS’18 conference. The remaining four articles describe the research work of the students who attended the ASSETS 2018 Doctoral Consortium.

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October 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the October 2018 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue features three interesting articles investigating different topics within the accessibility field that include multiple user groups ranging from Deaf and hard of hearing and low-vision users to people with intellectual disabilities. The issue is also rich and diverse in terms of technologies: automatic speech recognition, head-mounted displays, and e-textiles. The first two articles are provided by the recipients of last year ASSETS best paper awards.

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June 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the June 2018 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights three articles related to accessible computing. In the first article, Sharon Spencer presents the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) to the SIGACCESS community and describe its major goals. In the second article, following her Best Technical Paper Award at W4A 2018, Victoria Yaneva presents her research on using gaze data from web-related tasks to address two problems: improving web accessibility for people with autism and detecting autism automatically. Lastly, in the third article, Mikaylah Gross and Davide Bolchini describe their recent work on enabling blind and visually impaired users to interact touch-free with aural information through an off-the-shelf armband. Their work was nominated as a Best Technical Paper Award at W4A 2018.

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January 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the 2018 January issue of the SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights the ACM ASSETS 2017 Conference. The first article, written by the General and Program chairs, provides an overview of the conference. The following eight articles describe the research work of the students who attended the ASSETS 2017 Doctoral Consortium.

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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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