SIGACCESS Newsletter

André Rodrigues, Editor-in-Chief, University of Lisbon,

Inside this Issue

Welcome to the October 2022 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. In the first article, Lucy Lu Wang et al. present the next iteration of last year's ASSETS Best Artifact Award, now called Paper To HTML. In the second article, Sarah Lewthwaite et al. follow up their Best Communication Paper nomination at W4A with insights about researching pedagogy in digital accessibility education.


In this article, Lucy Lu Wang, Jonathan Bragg, and Daniel S. Weld detail how SciA11y evolved in the last year to Paper to HTML in the pursuit of higher quality paper conversitions to accessible HTML.


In this article, Sarah Lewthwaite, Sarah Horton, and Andy Coverdale present the ongoing 5 year study "Teaching Accessibility in the Digital Skill Set". The study seeks to 1) identify catalysts and barriers to the development of accessibility pedagogy, 2) understand how accessibility pedagogy is adapted and 3) how it can be scaled.

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Matt Huenerfauth, Chair. Matt Huenerfauth is a Professor and the Director of the iSchool (School of Information) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He studies the design of technology to benefit people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing or who have low written-language literacy, and his team of research students operates bilingually in English and American Sign Language (ASL).

Kathleen McCoy, Vice-Chair. Kathleen McCoy is a professor in the Department of Computer & Information Sciences. Her research focuses broadly on accessibility for people with disabilities with projects in several different areas. She has a special emphasis on applications of Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Processing to accessibility issues.

Karyn Moffatt, Secretary Treasurer. Karyn Moffatt is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at McGill University and the Canada Research Chair in Inclusive Social Computing. She leads the Accessible Computing Technologies Research Group where she studies how computing applications can be designed to be more inclusive of diverse needs and preferences across the lifespan, especially with respect to supporting social engagement and interaction.

André Rodrigues, Newsletter Editor. André Rodrigues is a researcher at LASIGE at the Universidade de Lisboa. He has dedicated himself to developing and evaluating mobile services, applications and platforms for a variety of contexts and user groups (e.g. people with visual and/or motor impairments, people experiencing homelessness), always working closely with and/or within the communities he engages with. He is a CS researcher focused on HCI with a particular interest in how technology can and is leveraged in accessibility, health, and gaming.

Sushant Kafle, Information Director. Sushant is currently a Software Engineer at Google, working in the field of natural language understanding and information retrieval. He completed his PhD at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he specialized in accessibility for people with disabilities, human-computer interaction and computational linguistics. He is interested in building machine learning (ML) systems that model human communication with a goal to enhance human-to-human or human-to-machine interaction.