[Nfbnet-members-list] Improve Accessibility Contest

Carlton Anne Cook Walker attorneywalker at gmail.com
Thu Oct 16 22:22:38 UTC 2014

We have been asked to circulate the following:

We welcome you to submit your best work on 
improving accessibility of the Web, Mobiles, and 
Wearables for people with and without 
disabilities to the International Web for All 
Conference (W4A’15), conveniently co-located with WWW’15 and MobiSys’15.

will take place in Florence, Italy (May 18-20):
- Intuit will award  $2,000 and $1,000 to the 
best technical and communication papers
- The Paciello Group will award the winners of the Accessibility Challenge
- ABILITY Magazine will highlight the winners of awards in a special editorial
- IBM will provide travel grants to both grad and 
undergrad students with disabilities
- Google will sponsor 6 PhD students to 
participate in the Doctoral Student ConsortiumÂ
- Submission deadlines: Jan 23rd, Notifications: March 4th

As you know, devices are getting smaller, and 
more of them are now wearable: smart glasses, 
smart watches, and smart clothing are all working 
their way into our lives and onto our bodies. 
These devices are online, web-accessible, and 
increasingly interconnected. As with many 
technologies that have come before, wearable 
devices present incredible opportunities for 
improving accessibility for people with and 
without disabilities, but also present 
accessibility challenges in ensuring that people 
are able to equally benefit from them regardless 
of disability, context or situation. 
Acknowledging the importance of this topic, the 
theme of the 12th International Web for All 
Conference is “The Wearable Web”.

Don't be deterred by the theme; we invite your 
best work on improving and understanding access 
for people across the accessibility continuum. 
Papers are expected to detail technical solutions 
and scientific insights into Web, Mobile, and 
Wearable technologies addressing diverse user 
needs. Areas of interest include but are not 
limited to the following: age, cognition, 
culture, education, emotions, dexterity, 
disability, diversity, health, hearing, income, 
infrastructure, language, learning, literacy, 
mobility, situation, society, and vision.

The keynote speech on the "Sense and sensibility: 
smartphones and wearable technologies to support 
seniors" will be delivered by Lorenzo Chiari who 
is a Professor and the Vice-Director of the 
Health Sciences and Technologies - 
Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research 
at the University of Bologna. On the close of the 
1st day, join us for the evening of wine, food, 
and live music – wiith a Classical performance by Lia Martirosyan.
The William Laughborough” after-dinner talk 
"Riches Beyond Measure: A New Frontier in Web 
Accessibility" will be given by Kevin Carey, the 
Chair of the Royal National Institute of Blind People, UK.

Don't come just for W4A’15 – stay for the 
entire week! W4A is conveeniently co-located with 
WWW’15 and MobiSys’15 conferences. 
MobiSys’15 is the top research conference 
dealing with all aspects of mobile systems: 
And WWW’15 
is the best and the biggest Web research 
conference attended by famous Web researchers and 
practitioners, such as Sir Tim Berners-Lee (the 
inventor of the Web). Among other events, we will 
hold a joint WWW/W4A panel session devoted to the “Wearable Web” theme.

Carlton Anne Cook Walker
Attorney at Law
President, National Organization of Parents of Blind ChildrenÂ
Teacher of Students with Blindness/Visual Impairment
105 Creamery Road
Boiling Springs, PA Â  17007
Voice: 717-658-9894
Twitter: braillemom

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