Join us as we celebrate the inaugural World Interaction Design Day!
Here in Chicago, we challenge our community to think more deeply about how we, as designers, can be more inclusive of those whose backgrounds and experiences differ from our own.
The decisions we make have the potential to include or exclude users. Accessible design isn't about focusing on edge cases. It's about creating better experiences for everyone.
We'll hear first hand from people with disabilities about the challenges they face when interacting with the digital world and their recommendations on how we should design for inclusion.
Doors open at 5:30
Speaker Chris Robinson: 6:15-6:45
Speaker Allen West: 6:45-7:15
Speaker Melissa Manak: 7:15-7:45
Speaker Carly Ho: 7:45-8:15
Food and drinks will be provided.
ASL interpreters will be provided.
Chris, also known as Phoenix to his gaming community, is deaf and advocating for Gaming Accessibility using his channel he started called DeafGamersTV on Twitch, a streaming service where you can broadcast yourself playing games or other hobby. Chris relies heavily on subtitles to understand contents. Without it, no information would make sense to him if there's nothing to read on. He hopes to reach out to small & big outlets to help bring changes to accessibility and taking advantage of our current technology. We're no longer in the past where we had limited resources.
Allen West has been totally blind since the age of seven. He has been training people on adaptive technology since 1998. Currently, he works for the Chicago Park District as a special recreation instructor
and Friedman Place, Supportive Living Housing for the Blind, as an adaptive technology instructor.
He was asked to assist the State of Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education in their computer training center. In the near future he will help the Chicagoland Radio Information Service-- a radio service for the blind and reading impaired—with a new podcast on Adaptive technology.
He recently started a tech support group, which meets once a month at Friedman Place. He gives the latest tech updates, followed by questions and answers, and tech demos.
Currently based in the Chicago region as a UI/UX Designer, Melissa Manak (who also dabbles in accessibility design) thrives on making good user experiences from which everyone can benefit. To her, good design is more than a pretty interface which by focusing on accessibility from the beginning that in the design process successfully saves companies from a more significant financial cost at the end.
Outside of designing, she has a pretty active schedule such as freelancing, remodeling her first home, and training for her first half marathon. Melissa's superpowers include unique lip-reading and interpreting body language.
Carly Ho is a full-stack senior engineer at Clique Studios and freelance writer, and is particularly interested in the ways interfaces, communication, and narrative in digital spaces can create great experiences for people. Outside of work hours, you can catch her juggling a diverse array of creative hobbies, hanging out in 10-plus community slack workspaces at once, and telling her cat how beautiful she is.