Trip Report: Accessibility research conference, DSAI 2009, sponsored by Microsoft

The research presented at the 2009 DSAI conference proved to be representative sampling of the types of research happening in universities around accessibility. (DSAI: Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion) Areas of study included web 2.0 accessibility (e.g., tag cloud reader), mobility (from dexterity, wheelchairs, and navigating the physical world); speech control and speech engines; and…


Imagine Cup Accessibility winner, WebAnywhere, up for today’s Mellow Award

Jeff Bigham and Professor Richard Ladner, from University of Washington, are in D.C. today for the 2008 Mellon Awards Ceremony. Their project, WebAnywhere, is nominated for an award, which celebrates technology collaboration in higher education, especially benefitting non-profits. WebAnywhere is a wonderful example of how we can apply technology to solve accessibility problems – in…


Call for Papers for Accessibility Research Conference, DSAI2009

In June 2009, Microsoft is co-sponsoring the International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion (DSAI 2009). The conference is a forum to discuss innovations and research in the accessible technology field. We hope to find synergies between university and industry goals and efforts. I’m on the research paper review committee and we…


Participate in survey about security features on a web site

The University of Washington is conducted a study about a security feature on web sites. This feature, called “CAPTCHA”  is often used when you are logging onto a web site for the first time and creating a user name and password. The research team is hoping to get responses from a wide-range of people, both those…


Summit on Cyber-Infrastructure for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Last week, I participated in a summit on the technology needs of university students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing (“deaf/HH”). The summit was hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology National Technology Institute of the Deaf. The primary purpose of the summit was to collect input from various stakeholders about communication and learning issues in…