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Call for Papers ASSETS 2024

The call for papers for ASSETS’24 has been announced: https://assets24.sigaccess.org/authors/call-for-papers/

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2023 SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact Award Winner

Empowering individuals with do-it-yourself assistive technology Author(s): Amy Hurst and Jasmine Tobias Description: The SIGACCESS community prides itself on directing the technology community’s understanding of disabled people and the role technology serves in their lives. Over the past decade, this community has diversified its view of assistive technologies and considered various ways that technology can serve individuals’ unique experiences of disability rather than generalizing across broad groups. Designing for the N of 1 is a unique …

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SIGACCESS Best Student Paper Award 2023

Watch Your Language: Using Smartwatches to Support Communication Author(s) Humphrey Curtis, King’s College London Timothy Neate, King’s College London Abstract With an ageing population and increased prevalence of people living with complex communication needs there is a growing need to design scalable high-tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) apps to support agency and social participation. For end-users it is currently difficult to regulate the prominence of most mainstream high-tech AAC devices and tablet-based apps – …

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SIGACCESS Best Paper Award 2023

VisPhoto: Photography for People with Visual Impairments via Post-Production of Omnidirectional Camera Imaging Author(s) Naoki Hirabayashi (Osaka Prefecture University), Masakazu Iwamura (Osaka Metropolitan University), Zheng Cheng (Osaka Prefecture University), Kazunori Minatani (National Center for University Entrance Examinations), and Koichi Kise (Osaka Metropolitan University) Abstract Many people with visual impairments would like to take photographs. However, they often have difficulty pointing the camera at the target. In this paper, we address this problem by proposing a …

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June 2023 Newsletter

Issue 136 Preview: Welcome to the June 2023 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights the ASSETS 2022 conference and includes an article by Arthur Theil titled “Challenges in Conducting Accessibility Reserach with Users with Multiple, Profound, or Complex Disabilities” that summarizes disucssions from a workshop held at ASSETS in 2022. Overview of ASSETS 2022 In this overview of the 24th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility held in Athens, Greece, …

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January 2023 Newsletter

Issue 135 Preview: Welcome to the June 2020 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights the ACM ASSETS 2022 Doctoral Consortium. Editorial Note: A full overview of the ASSETS 2022 conference will be released in the next newsletter issue ASSETS 2022 DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM APPLYING TECHNOLOGY IN A HYBRID-FASHION TO CREATE DEMENTIA-INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY SPACES In this article, Elaine Czech presents research that explores how technology can improve accessibility to community spaces and programs for people living …

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Call for Nominations: SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper Impact Award 2023

The SIGACCESS ASSETS Paper 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. The award recognizes work that presents a significant innovation or contribution to knowledge that has proved influential. The selection committee will focus on a paper’s impact as judged by influence in the research community, …

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Call for Applications: 2023 SIGACCESS Travel Scholarships

ACM SIGACCESS Travel Scholarship Deadline: July 1st, 2023Details: http://www.sigaccess.org/awards/sigaccess-scholarship/ The ACM SIGACCESS Travel Scholarship Award aims to provide support for practitioners, researchers, members of advocacy groups, and individuals with disabilities who are interested in the field of computers and accessibility to attend in person and actively participate in the 2022 ASSETS conference.  Award amounts will be based on need and available funding but have historically been around $2000 US. Applicants are encouraged to apply for other sources, …

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Call for Papers ASSETS 2023

The call for papers for ASSETS’23 has been announced: https://assets23.sigaccess.org/call-for-papers.html

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SIGACCESS Best Student Paper Award 2022

AAC with Automated Vocabulary from Photographs: Insights from School and Speech-Language Therapy Settings Author(s) Mauricio Fontana de Vargas School of Information Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Jiamin Dai School of Information Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Karyn Moffatt School of Information Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, karyn.moffatt@mcgill.ca Abstract Traditional symbol-based AAC devices impose meta-linguistic and memory demands on individuals with complex communication needs and hinder conversation partners from stimulating symbolic language in meaningful moments. This work …

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