We have a team of 5 organizers working together to bring you an exciting discussion on the topics of accessibility in the iSchools:

Shaun Kane is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems at UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County). His research focuses on how touch, gesture, and natural user interfaces can be used to increase the independence of people with disabilities. Shaun uses assistive technologies in the car and at the computer, but is assisted primarily by regular doses of coffee.

Amy Hurst is an assistant professor in Human Centered Computing at UMBC in the Information Systems Department. Her research focuses on developing technology to automatically adapt to diverse user needs and how existing DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture and tools can be applied to Assistive Technology.

Lisa Anthony is a post-doctoral research associate at UMBC, also in the Information Systems department. Her research focuses on applying multimodal input technologies such as pen, speech and gesture to creating natural and engaging interactions for a variety of applications such as learning and gaming. She is interested in accessibility for diverse user populations such as children, older adults and students with cognitive or learning disabilities.

Karyn Moffatt is an assistant professor in the McGill School of Information Studies. Her research explores the ways in which technology can be employed to enable individuals to overcome everyday challenges and obstacles, focusing primarily on the needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Sonya Allin is an adjunct researcher at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and research consultant at the University of Toronto and Women’s College Hospital.  Her research has focused on tools for home-based monitoring and rehabilitation for stroke survivors and those with balance deficits.

What are your research interests, and how do they relate to accessibility? Let us know in the comments!


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  • About the Event

    This purpose of this fishbowl session is to encourage discussion and collaboration within the iSchools accessibility community, and to identify and build connections between “traditional” accessibility research for people with disabilities and researchers in other topic areas who address related concerns.
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