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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 (1)

Accessible Virtual Reality for People with Limited Mobility

Virtual reality (VR) offers new and compelling ways for users to interact with digital content. VR provides immersive experiences that can be beneficial in various domains, such as gaming, training simulations, education, communication, and design.

As VR technologies continue to mature, and as commercial VR systems continue to grow in popularity, an opportunity exists to understand how to incorporate accessibility as a fundamental component in the design of VR systems and applications. This talk will describe ongoing research to understand and eliminate accessibility barriers that prevent people with limited mobility from engaging with VR.

Presenter Bio
Martez Mott is a Senior Researcher in the Ability Group at Microsoft Research. His research is focused on designing, implementing, and evaluating intelligent interaction techniques that improve the accessibility of computing devices for people with diverse motor and sensory abilities.

His current research focuses on identifying and overcoming accessibility barriers embedded in the design of virtual and augmented reality systems. Martez received his Ph.D. in Information Science from the Information School at the University of Washington. Prior to attending UW, he received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University.

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

Past events (14)

Why 97.81% of the World Hasn't Tried VR Yet

Online event

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