DEEP DIVE SESSIONS

PART A

A1- Immersive Captions and Sign Language

A1: Immersive Captions and Sign Language

MODERATOR: Brenden Gilbert (Meta)

Exploring the work of the W3C Immersive Captions Community Group, with additional discussion of sign language support.

A2- Policy Implications for XR Accessibility

A2: Policy Implications for XR Accessibility

MODERATORS: Corinne Weible (PEAT), Joan O’Hara (XRA), John Soroushian (Bipartisan Policy Center)

Exploring the accessibility policy implications related to XR based on recent findings and research reports.

A3: Immersive Training, Learning & Assembly

A3: Immersive Training, Learning & Inspection

MODERATORS: Mark Steelman (Transfr), Tim Stutts (Interactive Experiences at Cognixion)

Discussing ways to incorporate inclusive and accessible design approaches in immersive instructional applications for vocational occupations and hands-on skills.

A4: Non-Visual Access to Immersive Content

A4: Non-Visual Access to Immersive Content

MODERATORS: Stephanie Montgomery (XRA), Thomas Logan (Equal Entry), Roland Dubois (Shop-Ware, School of the Visual Arts)

Exploring non-visual ways to make immersive content accessible to those who are blind or who have limited vision.

A5: Accessible XR Tech Transfer: From Lab to Product

A5: Accessible XR Tech Transfer: From Lab to Product

MODERATOR: Shiri Azenkot (Cornell Tech)

Exploring how XR Access can help researchers work with industry to translate their research into products.

A6: Designing Accessible & Inclusive XR-Enhanced Online Learning Experiences

A6: Designing Accessible & Inclusive XR-Enhanced Online Learning Experiences

MODERATORS: Jeremy Nelson, Pam Saca, Rebecca Quintana, and colleagues from the University of Michigan's Center for Academic Innovation

Discussing design guidelines, frameworks, and relevant methodologies to create XR enhanced online learning experiences at scale for a global audience.

A7: Demystifying Immersive Innovation

A7: Demystifying Immersive Innovation

MODERATOR: Christine Hemphill (Open Inclusion)

Exploring practices for inclusive innovation in XR using a case study from StoryFutures Academy and Open Inclusion.

PART B

B1: Disability Inclusive XR Hackathon

B1: Disability Inclusive XR Hackathon

MODERATORS: Myles de Bastion (CymaSpace), Roland Dubois (Shop-Ware, School of the Visual Arts)

Recapping recent community hacks and exploring a proposal for a hackathon to connect disabled and non-disabled creators to innovate in XR Accessibility.

B2: Inclusive Immersive Meetings & Collaboration

B2: Inclusive Immersive Meetings & Collaboration

MODERATORS: Ashley Coffey (PEAT), Maddalena Crosti (Independent)

Discussing how to make immersive meetings and collaborations more inclusive by leveraging PEAT’s Inclusive XR & Hybrid Work Toolkit.

B3: Integrating Ethics into XR Systems

B3: Integrating Ethics into XR Systems

MODERATORS: Mathana, Monique Morrow (IEEE XR Ethics Council)

Discussion about how to integrate ethical design principles into XR systems and prevent abuse, led by the IEEE Global Initiative on the Ethics of Extended Reality.

B4: Intersectional Equity In XR

B4: Intersectional Equity In XR

MODERATORS: Albert Kim (Accessibility NextGen), Christopher Lafayette (Gatherverse), Valerie Jones Taylor (Lehigh University)

Considering equity at the intersections of ability, gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and more when designing and implementing XR.

B5: Demystifying Funding Opportunities for Inclusive XR R&D

B5: Demystifying Funding Opportunities for Inclusive XR R&D

MODERATORS: Pia Zaragoza (Springboard), Aviv Elor (Immergo Labs)

Exploring possibilities for industry and government funding opportunities for inclusive XR businesses with community leaders, researchers, and entrepreneurs who will share practices and resources.

B6: Research Networking & Collaboration Hour

B6: Research Networking & Collaboration Hour

MODERATORS: Shiri Azenkot, Ricardo Gonzalez, Nialah Wilson-Small (Cornell Tech)

Gathering among researchers to openly chat, learn about each other's work, and plan ongoing or new collaborations.

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