Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) people have relied on assistive and accessible technologies/services to consume or produce aural information. Some hard-of-hearing people rely on an assistive technology approach to enhance aural information for easier perception and understanding. Other hard of hearing and most deaf people rely on an accessible technology approach to transform the aural information into visual or tactile information for easier perception and understanding.

We will briefly discuss the history of DHH assistive and accessible technology. We will then go through interactive examples of how deaf and hard-of-hearing people consume and produce information through assistive and accessible technologies. After the examples, we will discuss how the differences in aural, visual, and tactile modalities influence multimodal information consumption and production Finally, we will discuss the design and development of effective accessible computing solutions for multimodal information access.

About the Speaker

Dr. Raja Kushalnagar is a professor and the Director of the Information Technology program in the school of Science, Technology, Accessibility, Mathematics, and Public Health at Gallaudet University.

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