Paradigm Shifts in Interacting With Virtual Environments: A Focus on Deaf People | Accessibility VR Meetup Recap

Image Description: A11yVR with Wendy Dannels

Zoom has thrived since March 2020. Obviously, COVID-19 prompted an interesting fundamental change in how to socialize and network with people remotely. But what about the 3D virtual space?

Professor Wendy Dannels will point to some challenges and opportunities deaf individuals using American Sign Language as their primary language have faced when navigating and interacting with others through Mozilla Hubs.

She discusses ideas on making VR social platforms more inclusive including working with host and access service providers such as ASL interpreters.

Wendy A. Dannels is an Associate Research Professor and the Director of the XR Accessibility Solutions Laboratory within the NTID Research Center on Culture and Language at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her team develops real-time, immersive, and interactive technologies including mixed, augmented, and virtual reality with a focus on accessible and inclusive experiences especially for deaf individuals.

Here are some of the highlights from this presentation:

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