TOGETHER IN THE MAINSTREAM: exploring adaptive collaboration environments with deaf geeks - Enter the Conference:Event Accessibility Demo and Workshop

Deaf students in hearing schools are often “alone in the mainstream,” inventing coping strategies in isolation. What happens when we start hacking together? In a culture where disclosure and accommodation conversations are hidden from view, we find that making our negotiations and adaptations visible are transformative, leading to others (with and without disabilities) stepping forth to ask for what they need and to adapt to the needs of others.

All events except Friday dinner are in the Olin College Library, which is wheelchair accessible.

Friday, November 20,  1:30-3pm -- Enter The Conference: event accessibility demo and workshop (open workshop time until 5pm)

Mirabai will lead a demo and interactive workshop/discussion on realtime captioning for conference accessibility, with sponatneous commentary from Ian and Mel (and probably others). This will move into a discussion about conference accessibility in general. The structured portion of the event will end at 3pm. ASL interpretation and realtime captioning provided, likely in some rather entertaining ways.

3-5pm is open workshop time; ask questions, talk with people (Ian! Mel! Interpreters!) and play with Mirabai’s toys for typing at 220wpm using open source software and hardware, along with any doodads we’ve invented during the week.

Ian Smith is a software engineer in San Francisco. After majoring in EECS at MIT, he did an MA in Linguistics at Gallaudet. He is particularly interested in how communities develop around changes in #a11y, and the feedback loop between increased access and increased demand for access.

Mel Chua is a hacker, teacher, dancer, and (recent!) cyborg who researches engineering faculty and engineering culture change in Needham, MA. She is also an electrical and computer engineer (Olin College BS ECE 2007) and an order-20 all-pole auditory low-pass filter with a 250Hz roll-off.

Sarah Sparks is a part-time theology and religious studies instructor at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Though she loves teaching, since becoming a late-deafened adult she has sensed that her calling in life is changing. She is currently in the process of applying to graduate programs in audiology. She also creates and sells art focusing on themes of faith and life with Ménière's disease.

Mirabai Knight, CCP, RDR, is a professional realtime captioner for deaf and hard of hearing students and professionals in New York City. She is also the cofounder of The Open Steno Project, which seeks to make stenographic technology available to as many potential users as possible.

1000 Olin Way, Needham MA in the Milas Hall building

Event Date : 11-20-2015

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