Feedback on topics for the accessibility fishbowl?

We have been getting ready for our iConference 2012 event “Accessibility in the iSchools: Not Just for People with Disabilities?” and we are excited to announce the list of possible topics we would like to discuss at the fishbowl! Do you have feedback on these topics or perhaps other topics you would like to see us address? Leave them in the comments! Before the event, we will post the final list of topics we’ve selected based on the feedback we receive on this post.

Possible topics for discussion:

  • Important themes and values found within accessibility research
  • Connections between accessibility research and related fields
  • Introduction to the iSchools for accessibility researchers
  • How is iSchool accessibility research different from accessibility elsewhere?
  • Accessibility for people who don’t have disabilities (e.g., foreign languages, situational impairments, culture, economics), e.g., universal access
  • Barriers to accessibility within iSchools
  • Lessons learned from accessibility and related research
  • Respecting participants and including them in research
  • Entering and working within participant communities
  • Disseminating research results (as publications, open source technology, etc.)
  • Legal and ethical concerns (e.g., IRB, recruiting challenges)
  • Conducting research in situ or in the lab
  • Participatory research and design
  • Integrating service learning into course curriculum, benefits and lessons learned
  • Open areas that still need active research

Don’t forget to leave your feedback on these topics or your ideas for new topics in the comments!

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  1. amyhurst

    I’d also be interested in chatting about people’s opinions and experience conducting longitudinal research with individuals with limited abilities.

  2. We really need a functional machine transcription service for recorded voice to make lecture videos accessible — the cost of transcription is currently prohibitive. This can be a barrier in iSchools and distance education where lectures are received via video, for example. And of course there are benefits to people without disabilities — making video texts search accessible.




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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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