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People who want to meet and discuss topics around accessibility in technology for people with disabilities that apply to XR/VR/AR.

A11yVR Code of Conduct

The A11yVR community expects that A11yVR Meetup activities, events, and digital forums:

• Are a safe and respectful environment for all participants.

• Are a place where people are free to fully express their identities.

• Presume the value of others.

• Everyone’s ideas, skills, and contributions have value.

• Don’t assume everyone has the same context, and encourage questions.

• Find a way for people to be productive with their skills (technical and not) and energy.

• Use language such as “yes/and”, not “no/but.”

• Encourage members and participants to listen as much as they speak.

• Prioritize access for and input from those who are traditionally excluded from the civic process.

• Work to ensure that the community is well-represented in the planning, design, and implementation of civic tech. This includes encouraging participation from women, minorities, and traditionally marginalized groups.

• Actively involve community groups and those with subject matter expertise in the decision-making process.

• Provide an environment where people are free from discrimination or harassment.

A11yVR reserves the right to ask anyone in violation of these policies not to participate in A11yVR Meetup activities, events, and digital forums.
A11yVR Anti-Harassment Policy
This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy (http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_anti-harassment/Policy) from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.

This policy is based on several other policies, including the Ohio LinuxFest anti-harassment policy, written by Esther Filderman and Beth Lynn Eicher, and the Con Anti-Harassment Project. Mary Gardiner, Valerie Aurora, Sarah Smith, and Donna Benjamin generalized the policies and added supporting material. Many members of LinuxChix, Geek Feminism and other groups contributed to this work.

All A11yVR network activities, events, and digital forums and their organizers, presenters, and participants are held to an anti-harassment policy, included below.

In addition to governing our own events by this policy, A11yVR will only lend our brand and fund groups that offer an anti-harassment policy to their attendees. For information on how to offer an anti-harassment policy to your group, see this guide.

A11yVR is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of organizers, presenters, and participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any A11yVR event or network activity, including talks. Anyone in violation of these policies may be expelled from A11yVR network activities, events, and digital forums, at the discretion of the event organizer or forum administrator.

Harassment includes but is not limited to: offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; unwarranted exclusion; and patronizing language or action.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from A11yVR network activities, events, and digital forums.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the event organizer or forum administrator immediately. You can contact them all via a11yvr@equalentry.com and feel free to use the email template below. Event organizer or forum administrators will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.

If you cannot reach an event organizer or forum administrator and/or it is an emergency, please call 911 and/or remove yourself from the situation.

We value your attendance and hope that by communicating these expectations widely we can all enjoy a harassment-free environment.
Email Template for Anti-Harassment Reporting
SUBJECT: Safe Space alert at [EVENT NAME]

I am writing because of harassment at a A11yVR Communities event, (NAME, PLACE, DATE OF EVENT).

You can reach a11ynyc at a11yvr@equalentry.com Thank you.
A11yVR Code of Conduct is based on the excellent code of conduct from Code for America (https://github.com/codeforamerica/codeofconduct).

Upcoming events (2)

Introducing the XR Association’s Developers Guide on Accessibility

The XR Association promotes the dynamic global growth of the XR industry, which includes virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed-reality, and future immersive technology. XRA is leading the way for the responsible development and adoption of XR by convening stakeholders, developing best practices and research, and advocating on behalf of our members and the greater XR industry.

With its members, XRA has written and published three chapters of the "XR Association Developers Guide: An Industry-Wide Collaboration for Better XR." The latest chapter — entitled "Accessibility & Inclusive Design in Immersive Experiences" — is a set of industry-backed guidance for developing accessible platforms for all users, not just those with disabilities.

Laura Chadwick, XRA's Vice President of Industry Relations and staff lead for its Accessibility Working Group, will provide an overview of the XRA's Developers Guide chapter as well as discuss the work of the XR Association in general.

XRA's Accessibility & Inclusive Design in Immersive Experiences chapter of its ongoing Developers Guide series is the first and only comprehensive resource that details not only why accessibility in XR is important, but also specifically includes guidance on how to incorporate accessibility into XR software. Attendees will get a deep dive into the chapter and have a chance to give feedback on it.

On behalf of its members, which include Google, Microsoft, Oculus from Facebook, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Vive by HTC, the XR Association is committed to supporting the development of accessible XR. Come learn about upcoming projects led by XRA focused on accessibility, provide your input, and get involved.

PRESENTER BIO
Laura Chadwick serves as the XR Association’s Vice President of Industry Relations. In this position, Chadwick oversees the implementation of XRA’s research agenda, the development of its catalog of industry-leading best practices, and the growth of member engagement and industry relations efforts.

Laura previously served as a director of corporate member engagement at the National Restaurant Association and as a federal lobbyist within its Government Affairs department. Additionally, she worked for the Consumer Technology Association, U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05), and U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28).

Chadwick graduated from Washington and ___ University in Lexington, Virginia, with a Bachelor’s in Politics and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from American University’s School of Public Affairs.

ACCESSIBILITY
The presentation will be captioned [cc]. The event will have real-time captions displayed in Hubs and YouTube live stream.

Mozilla Hubs holds weekly office hours that can be used to practice and gain an understanding of how to interact in Mozilla Hubs.

LIVESTREAM
We will have video streaming of the event to YouTube via a partnership with the Internet Society Accessibility SIG (a11ySIG).

Link: https://youtu.be/m1POouFfTww

If you are unable to join via Hubs, we encourage you to watch the stream on YouTube and ask questions. As we begin meeting regularly each month we will capture feedback on ways we can be more accessible and inclusive in virtual reality and start incorporating them into a set of Best Practices.

SPONSORS
Thanks to Equal Entry for sponsoring.

ACCREDITATION
All A11yVR meetups are pre-approved for IAAP Continuing Accessibility Education Credits (CAEC).

TIMELINE
Please NOTE: When you RSVP, use the "Add to calendar" link to receive a calendar invite transcribed to your time zone.

This timeline is based on the New York ET time zone.

7 - 7:15 PM
Thomas Logan introduction to A11yVR

7:15 - 7:50 PM
Presentation

7:50 - 8 PM
Q&A with attendees

8 - 9 PM
Breakout sessions in small groups to get to know each other in virtual reality. It is up to you if you want to stay and continue meeting other people in the room.

Paradigm Shifts in Interacting With Virtual Environments: A Focus on Deaf People

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

PRESENTER BIO
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.

Prior to joining NTID in 2008, Dannels worked for several engineering corporations for more than 17 years. She can be reached at [masked].

ACCESSIBILITY
The presentation will be captioned [cc]. The event will have real-time captions displayed in Hubs and YouTube live stream.

Wendy will be presenting in ASL.

Mozilla Hubs holds weekly office hours that can be used to practice and gain an understanding of how to interact in Mozilla Hubs.

LIVESTREAM
We will have video streaming of the event to YouTube via a partnership with the Internet Society Accessibility SIG (a11ySIG).

Link: Coming soon

You can enter Hubs through any browser. It does not require VR goggles.

If you are unable to join via Hubs, we encourage you to watch the stream on YouTube and ask questions. As we begin meeting regularly each month we will capture feedback on ways we can be more accessible and inclusive in virtual reality and start incorporating them into a set of Best Practices.

SPONSORS
Thanks to Equal Entry for sponsoring.

ACCREDITATION
All A11yVR meetups are pre-approved for IAAP Continuing Accessibility Education Credits (CAEC).

TIMELINE
Please NOTE: Meetup is not skilled in representing time zones. This Meetup is set in Tokyo, Japan so it will display differently than your local time zone. When you RSVP, use the "Add to calendar" link to receive a calendar invite transcribed to your time zone.

This timeline is based on the New York ET time zone.

7 - 7:15 PM
Thomas Logan introduction to A11yVR

7:15 - 7:50 PM
Presentation

7:50 - 8 PM
Q&A with attendees

8 - 9 PM
Breakout sessions in small groups to get to know each other in virtual reality. It is up to you if you want to stay and continue meeting other people in the room.

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