Multi-sensory Technology for Accessibility & Inclusion

Track
Media & Technology
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
263 America's Center
Description
The role of technology in museums consumes more time and attention annually. Museums look to technology as a central tool in meeting their responsibilities for accessibility and inclusion especially for visitors with sight and hearing issues. Apps on smart devices can be part of a system of solutions. But faulty assumptions about apps as a compliance panacea risk alienating visitors. Panelists will share precedents and techniques born of their experience with the iterative process of getting it right by engaging with a wide range of users.
Learner Outcome
  1. Attendees will learn the most current information about compliance relative to sensory limitations.
  2. Attendees will learn about current best practice of app design that work for visitors with sight and hearing limitations.
  3. Attendees will learn about strategies for engaging diverse user/experts" as a vehicle for avoiding costly mistakes and getting it right."
Speakers
Presenter: 
Corey Timpson
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Vice President, Exhibitions, Research, and Design
Organization: 
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Bio
Corey Timpson is responsible for the direction and oversight of all exhibition programs, research and curation, design and production across all media, digital platforms and transmedia storytelling, and collections-based initiatives. As Vice President, Exhibition, Research, and Design, Corey is also a member of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) executive leadership.
Presenter: 
Gabriela Bonome-Sims
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of A&F
Organization: 
Institute for Human Centered Design
Bio
Ms. Bonome-Sims has been with IHCD since 1992. Originally trained in graphic design, she oversees graphic quality in all IHCD projects including books, websites, apps, and information products. She works with the technical specialists on all IHCD reviews of websites and apps. Her expertise is the integration of inclusive graphic design of content along with functional web accessibility.
Presenter: 
Janice Majewski
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Director, Inclusive Cultural & Educational Projects
Organization: 
Institute for Human Centered Design
Bio
Janice Majewski, Director, Inclusive Cultural and Educational Projects at the Institute for Human Centered Design, has worked on museum accessibility for over 25 years at the Smithsonian Institution, where she led the team that wrote the first comprehensive set of U.S. museum accessibility guidelines, the Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design, and in the Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice.
Presenter: 
Woodbury Shortridge
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Coordinator of Inclusive Technology
Organization: 
Institute for Human Centered Design
Bio
Woody is Coordinator of Inclusive Technology for the Institute of Human Centered Design (IHCD). He participates in technology consulting and design projects for information and communication technology. Woody is also engaged in contextual inquiry research projects with an emphasis on multi-sensory experience. Previously, he researched and designed auditory and multimodal interfaces at the GA Tech Sonification Lab. Often this meant he was working on the cutting edge of assistive technologies.