2022 XR Access Symposium

June 9 & 10, 2022 | Virtual Event

XR Access 2022: From Principles to Practice

Thank you to all who attended the 2022 XR Access Symposium! Want to join our diverse group of accessibility advocates, researchers, industry leaders, and users from across the world to explore how breakthroughs and big ideas in accessible XR will shape inclusion, employment, and social life in the years ahead? You can also sign up for the XR Access Newsletter and XR Access Slack to get the latest research, events, community updates and more.

Featured Speakers

Shiri Azenkot

Shiri Azenkot

Associate Professor, Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Cornell Tech

+ About Shiri
Larry Goldberg

Larry Goldberg

Former Head of Accessibility, Yahoo!

+ About Larry
Jacque Madison

Jacque Madison

Director of Product Accessibility, Accenture

+ About Jacque
Marisol Villena Salerno

Marisol Villena Salerno

Digital Accessibility Experience Product Manager, Accenture

+ About Marisol
Mike Shebanek

Mike Shebanek

Head of Accessibility, Meta

+ About Mike
Taryn Mackenzie Williams

Taryn Mackenzie Williams

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy

+ About Taryn

Presenters, Panelists, & Moderators

Haley Adams

Haley Adams

PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University

+ About Haley
Joana Alemão

Joana Alemão

VR Curator and Software Engineer, Moonbeam

+ About Joana
Ashley Coffey

Ashley Coffey

Emerging Technologies Lead, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)

+ About Ashley
Lynn Cox

Lynn Cox

Panel Lead for Visual Impairments, Open Inclusion

+ About Lynn
Maddalena Crosti

Maddalena (Maddy) Crosti

XR Independent Consultant, Crosti Co.

+ About Maddy
Bill Curtis-Davidson

Bill Curtis-Davidson

Co-Director, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)

+ About Bill
Myles de Bastion

Myles de Bastion

Artistic Director, CymaSpace

+ About Myles
Athena Demos

Athena Demos

Co-Founder & CEO, Big Rock Creative

+ About Athena
Roland Dubois

Roland Dubois

Immersive Design Instructor, UX Lead, School of Visual Arts

+ About Roland
Aviv Elor

Aviv Elor

Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Immergo Labs Inc.

+ About Aviv
Meryl Evans

Meryl Evans

Director of Marketing and Accessibility Consultant, Equal Entry

+ About Meryl
Steven K. Feiner

Steven K. Feiner

Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University

+ About Steven
Dylan Fox

Dylan Fox

Coordination & Engagement Team Lead, XR Access

+ About Dylan
Brenden Gilbert

Brenden Gilbert

Product Hardware Engineer & Accessibility Evangelist, Meta

+ About Brenden
Ben Glover

Ben Glover

Freelance Video Designer

+ About Ben
Ricardo Gonzalez

Ricardo Enrique Gonzalez

Information Science PhD Student, Cornell Tech

+ About Ricardo
Anhong Guo

Anhong Guo

Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

+ About Anhong
Chris Hainsworth

Chris Hainsworth

Co-Founder, BlindBurners

+ About Chris
Christine Hemphill

Christine Hemphill

Founder, OpenInclusion

+ About Christine
Alexa Huth

Alexa Huth

Director of Communications, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)

+ About Alexa
Randall Huzinec

Randall Huzinec

Senior Physical Therapist, UPMC Rehabilitation Institute Mercy/Centers for Rehab Services

+ About Randall
Liz Hyman

Liz Hyman

President & CEO, XR Association

+ About Liz
Jamie + Lion

Jamie + Lion

Director, Jamie + Lion Ltd

+ About Jamie + Lion
Albert Kim

Albert Kim

Leader/Founder, Accessibility NextGen

+ About Albert
Erik Lohr

Erik Lohr

Audio Lead, Yahoo RYOT Studios

+ About Erik Lohr
Ross Hugh Kilpatrick

Ross Hugh Kilpatrick

3D Animator, The VR Hive

+ About Ross
Raja Kushalnagar

Raja Kushalnagar

Professor & Director, Gallaudet University

+ About Raja
Christopher Lafayette

Christopher Lafayette

Founder, GatherVerse.org

+ About Christopher
Thomas Logan

Thomas Logan

Founder and CEO, Equal Entry

+ About Thomas
Stewart Tucker Lundy

Stewart Tucker Lundy

Actor & Advocate

+ About Stewart
Adrianna Mallozzi

Adriana Mallozzi

Founder & CEO, Puffin Innovations

+ About Adriana
Mathana

Mathana

Co-Chair, IEEE Global Initiative for the Ethics of Extended Reality

+ About Mathana
Kate Mesh

Kate Mesh

Senior Inclusive Researcher, Open Inclusion

+ About Kate
Monique Morrow

Monique Morrow

IEEE XR ICAID Co-Chair; Syniverse Technologies

+ About Monique
Jeremy Nelson

Jeremy Nelson

Director, XR Initiative, University of Michigan

+ About Jeremy
Joan OHara

Joan O’Hara

VP Public Policy, XRA

+ About Joan
Rebecca Quintana

Rebecca Quintana

Associate Director, Learning Experience Design, Center for Academic Innovation, University of Michigan

+ About Rebecca
Pamela Saca

Pamela Saca

University of Michigan’s Center for Academic Innovation Learning Experience Designer for Accessibility

+ About Pamela
John Soroushian

John Soroushian

Assistant Director, Business and Technology, Bipartisan Policy Center

+ About John
Mark Steelman

Mark Steelman

Senior Unity Engineer, Transfr

+ About Mark
Tim Stutts

Tim Stutts

Design Director, Interactive Experiences, Cognixion

+ About Tim
Jessie Taft

Jessie Taft

Membership and Research Coordinator, XR Access; Cornell Tech

+ About Jessie
Valerie Jones Taylor

Valerie Jones Taylor

Associate Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies, Lehigh University

+ About Valerie
Damian Turkieh

Damián Turkieh

Director, Realidad 360° Argentina

+ About Damián
Corinne Weible

Corinne Weible

Co-Director, Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT)

+ About Corinne
Delbert Whetter

Delbert Whetter

Producer/COO/Head of Business Affairs, Exodus Film Group; Vice Chair, RespectAbility

+ About Delbert
Danny Woodburn

Danny Woodburn

Executive Director, Mulberry Tree Group

+ About Danny

Agenda at a Glance

DAY 1: Thursday, June 9

All times US Eastern

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, Ryot Studios
Danny Woodburn, Actor
Athena Demos, Big Rock Creative (BRCvr)

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, TransfrVR
Tim Stutts, XR Design Leader
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

All times US Eastern

Deep Dive Discussions

Learn more about each Deep Dive at this link.

10:00 AM: Welcome and Day 2 Overview

Shiri Azenkot, Ph.D., Cornell Tech
Jessie 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, #WheelchairBossLife
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

Immersive Captions and Sign Language
Policy Implications for XR Accessibility
Immersive Training, Learning, and Inspection
Non-Visual Access to Immersive Content
Accessible XR Tech Transfer: From Lab to Product
Designing Accessible & Inclusive XR-Enhanced Online Learning Experiences
Demystifying Immersive Innovation

12:15 PM: BREAK

12:30 PM: Deep Dives – Part B

Disability Inclusive XR Hackathons
Inclusive Immersive Meetings& Collaboration
Integrating Ethics into XR Systems
Intersectional Equity in XR
Demystifying Funding Opportunities in Inclusive XR R&D
Research Networking & Collaboration Hour

1:45 PM: BREAK

2:00 PM: Reports Back

3:00 PM: End of Symposium

Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the 2022 XR Access Symposium? Your support helps us provide high-quality, accessible programming for our attendees.

To learn more about sponsorship levels, please contact Jessie Taft at jessie@xraccess.org.

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Supporters

Verizon
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