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2022 XR Access Symposium

JUNE 9–10, 2022

10 AM - 3 PM ET




Let’s celebrate our progress toward a more inclusive future! Join a diverse group of accessibility advocates, researchers and industry leaders. Together, we’ll explore how moving from principles to practice in accessible XR will shape inclusion, employment, and society in the years ahead.

For more information, visit the XR Access website.

Hosted by Yahoo, Cornell Tech and PEAT.

ASL interpreter and captioning will be provided.

Please register by Friday, June 3. Questions? Email us at



DAY 1: Thursday, June 9

Panels and Plenaries

10:00 AM: Greeting & Kickoff

Shiri Azenkot, Ph.D., Cornell Tech
Larry Goldberg, Formerly with Yahoo

10:05 AM: Opening Remarks

Taryn Mackenzie Williams, U.S. Department of Labor

10:20 AM: Importance of the XR Access Initiative

Mike Shebanek, Meta

10:25 AM: XR Access - Present and Future

Jessie G. Taft, Cornell Tech
Dylan Fox, Yahoo & XR Access

10:35 AM: KEYNOTE: Inclusive XR at Scale – The Nth Floor

Introduction by Bill Curtis-Davidson, PEAT, and Elizabeth Hyman, XR Association
Marisol Villena Salerno, Accenture
Jacque Madison, Accenture

11:15 AM: BREAK

11:30 AM: Inclusive VR Media & Entertainment

Erik Lohr, Yahoo
Danny Woodburn, Actor
Athena Demos, Big Rock Creative (BRCvr)
Delbert Whetter, Exodus Film Group; RespectAbility
Damián Turkieh, Realidad 360 Argentina

12:05 PM: Testing and Feedback
With Disabled Users

Christine Hemphill, Open Inclusion
Randy Huzinec, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center
Kate Mesh, Open Inclusion
Jamie Knight, Independent
Lynn Cox, Open Inclusion

12:40 PM: BREAK

12:55 PM: Accessible XR for Training
& Collaboration

Ashley Coffey, PEAT
Mark Steelman, Transfr
Tim Stutts, Interactive Experiences at Cognixion
Elgin-Skye McLaren, Mozilla Hubs
Thomas Logan, Equal Entry

1:30 PM: Creators With Disabilities

Myles de Bastion, Cymaspace
Chris Hainsworth, BlindBurners
Adriana Mallozzi, Puffin Innovations
Ross Kilpatrick, VR Hive
Ben Glover, Independent

2:05 PM: BREAK

2:20 PM: Research to Practice in XR Accessibility

Ricardo Gonzalez, Cornell Tech
Haley Adams, Vanderbilt University
Raja Kushalnagar, Gallaudet University
Steven Feiner, Columbia University

2:55 PM: Looking Ahead

Jessie G. Taft, Cornell Tech
Dylan Fox, Yahoo & XR Access

DAY 2: Friday, June 10

Deep Dive Discussions

10:00 AM: Welcome and Day 2 Overview

Jessie G. Taft, Cornell Tech

10:05 AM: Workstream Spotlight (bcXR): The Value of Inclusively Designed XR Workplace Tools

Introduction by Alexa Huth, PEAT
Ashley Coffey, PEAT
Maddalena Crosti, Independent
Stewart Tucker Lundy,
Joana Alemão, Moonbeam
Meryl K. Evans, Equal Entry

10:40 AM: Orientation to Deep Dives

Jessie G. Taft, Cornell Tech
Dylan Fox, Yahoo & XR Access

10:45 AM: BREAK

11:00 AM: Deep Dives – Part A

12:15 PM: BREAK

12:30 PM: Deep Dives – Part B

1:45 PM: BREAK

2:00 PM: Reports Back

3:00 PM: End of Symposium

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