This is the live stream from the Global Accessibility Awareness Day event at Yahoo! in Santa Monica, CA. The purpose of the day is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility and users with different disabilities. The event kicked off with a special introduction by Tommy Edison.
Note: Event starts at 33:14. This was our first live stream, so there were a few challenges that we faced and will improve on for next time. We would like to change the start time of the video, but YouTube doesn’t not allow post-upload editing of videos longer than 2 hours. For the first half hour, we opened the live stream with various shots of people attending the event. Thank you for watching.
Live Stream – Global Accessibility Awareness Day – May 15, 2014
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Sommer Panage is currently the lead for Mobile Accessibility on iOS and Android at Twitter. Before moving into this role, she worked on various iOS projects such as DMs and Anti-spam. Prior to coming to Twitter, Sommer worked on the iOS team at Apple. She earned her BA in Psychology and MS in Computer Science at Stanford University. In her free time, Sommer enjoys performing as an aerialist, playing her flute, and traveling.
JOSEPH KARR O’CONNOR
Joseph Karr O’Connor has been an Accessible UX practitioner since 1999 and worked in higher ed for many years. He is the WordPress Accessibility Team Lead and also works with Knowbility, a worldwide leader in accessible information technology. An invited expert on the W3C HTML Working Group he is also working on the newly formed W3C Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force.
Karen Chiu is a communication designer at Yahoo! Media. She focuses on branding, user interface design and user experience design. Karen graduated from Art Center College of Design for trans-media design after studied two years of majoring Economic and Business in community college. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in U.S. Currently lives in California.
Cara Quinn currently works as an iOS software designer and developer for LookTel.com. She is a member of the Maccessibility Round Table Podcast (an accessibility-focused tech podcast, cited by the BBC as being number one, worldwide, of its top five favorite tech podcasts for the disabled). In addition to owning and moderating the MacVisionaries and VIPhone email lists (two premier online resources for visually impaired Mac and iOS customers), Cara also works with Draconis Entertainment, designing and developing audio games for the visually impaired community. As well as developing accessible software, Cara is also a model and musician. “I feel that my love of art and my creative background really complement my design work. Like art, good accessible design really shows an elegance and inspiration. These are innovative qualities. So accessibility and innovation go hand-in-hand.”
Since 2005 Patrick Burke has been the Coordinator of UCLA’s Disabilities & Computing Program. He is also a representative for UCLA on the UC Electronic Accessibility Leadership Team, working on system-wide accessibility issues. Patrick began working for DCP in 1994. Unfortunately, innovations in mainstream technology frequently don’t mesh with adaptive tech. This means that users with disabilities are still often blocked from full participation in the digital world. Patrick’s primary goal now is to ensure that accessibility concerns are considered and addressed early in the design process, for web systems, software and hardware.
Chuck Blanchard is currently a cofounder of LookTel.com, developing iOS apps for the blind. Chuck has been an application designer, developer and programmer for over 25 years. In that time he has worked on pushing the boundaries of the human/computer interface. He was one of the original virtual reality developers and on one of the first teams to use facial recognition in a consumer application. An accessible interface is frequently a precursor for mainstream application functionality. The best current example of this is voice recognition, voice control and text output. Once the domain of added functionality for the disabled, these capabilities are rapidly becoming expected in off-the-shelf products. Chuck is continually interested in exploring the blurred area between an accessible user interface and mainstream functionality. Chuck has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair.
Zahir is currently an Android Developer working on an app for FX Networks. Previously he was a Senior Web Developer working for Fox Digital Media with an emphasis on video players for the web, mobile and set top boxes. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a minor in Jazz Studies from USC. Zahir play the saxophone, piano and guitar.
The Tommy Edison Experience