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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.

Thanks to our Sponsor Equal Entry: https://www.equalentry.com/
Special thanks to our Virtual World Designer Pablo Cárdenas: https://pabloc.dev/

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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 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.

Upcoming events (1)

Virtual Accessibility Mapping, Awareness Raising, and Real-World Advocacy

Encounters with barriers to built environments, education, employment, entertainment, and healthcare in virtual reality (VR) can shape our understanding of issues faced by diverse demographics in the real world. In this presentation, Mark Bookman discusses how he uses VR in his classes at the University of Tokyo to help raise awareness about otherwise invisible obstacles for disabled individuals.

To begin, he contextualizes his use of VR by reflecting briefly on Japan's accessibility status. Then, he illustrates how he uses VR to facilitate group participatory mapping sessions, in which his students are encouraged to exchange personal perspectives on simulated excursions.

Through case studies, Mark demonstrates how sharing experiences of inaccessibility in virtual spaces has allowed his students to rethink their relationship with real-world ecosystems. Such reimagining, he argues, can fuel various kinds of activism, advocacy, and policy reform. Ultimately, he invites attendees to join him in thinking through the implications of VR-based mapping exercises for their own social, economic, and geographic contexts.

Presenter Bio
Mark R. Bookman is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Tokyo College, the University of Tokyo. His research explores the history of disability and connected social movements in Japanese and global contexts. Mark holds Ph.D. and MA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Villanova University. Mark’s scholarship on disability has appeared or is forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals like The Journal of Japanese Studies, Disability Studies Quarterly, and Japan Focus: The Asia-Pacific Journal.

Mark has also written editorials and commentary for public media outlets including The Japan Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The BBC, Al Jazeera, and many others. Outside the academy, Mark also works as a disability policy consultant.

He has collaborated with government agencies and corporate entities in Japan, the United States, and Canada, as well as the International Paralympic Committee and United Nations, on projects related to inclusive education, equitable environments, and disaster risk management for diverse populations of disabled people. For additional information about Mark, see his website: bookmanresearch.com.

The presentation will be captioned [cc]. The event will have real-time captions and a YouTube live stream.

The actual meetup will be in Zoom, but during the meetup, participants will have the opportunity to experiment in VRChat. The video streaming of the event to YouTube via a partnership with the Internet Society Accessibility SIG (a11ySIG).

Thanks to Equal Entry for sponsoring.

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

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 converted to your time zone.

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

7:30 - 7:45 PM
Thomas Logan introduction to A11yVR

7:45 - 8:20 PM

8:20 - 8:30 PM
Q&A with attendees

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