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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)

Accessibility in a Virtual World Before Oculus

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Accessible virtual worlds existed before VR immersive headsets. Virtual Ability offers a tour of a mature virtual world environment, highlighting accessibility details of the build. Virtual Ability has been designing accessible virtual world spaces for over 15 years.

We will explain the accessibility options of the new Resident Orientation Course and Sojourner Auditorium on Second Life’s Virtual Ability island. We'll also discuss both the platform tools and the design principles that lead to an accessible virtual environment.

VR headsets aren’t for everyone; other rich environments with a lower level of technology and welcoming communities are necessary to be fully inclusive. The Virtual Ability community in Second Life has facilitated the entry into virtual worlds of people with a wide range of accessibility needs since 2007.

From this session, you will gain an understanding of tried-and-true accessibility strategies that can be adapted for use in VR.

Brief presentation in Mozilla Hubs will cover the following:

  • Introduction to Second Life and the Virtual Ability community
  • Design process for accessibility Visit to Virtual Ability island in Second Life (can attend inworld or via screen share)
  • Universal Design on the New Resident Orientation Course
  • Accessibility features in the Sojourner Auditorium – visible, invisible, and human factors

Presenter Bios
Alice Krueger (Gentle Heron in Second Life) founded the Virtual Ability community in Second Life and is president of the supporting non-profit Virtual Ability, Inc. A former science educator, special education teacher, and education researcher, Alice is now a disability advocate and peer support promoter.

She has a particular interest in involving people with disabilities in research that will ultimately affect them and ensuring that research results are accessible. No longer employed as an academic researcher due to her disability, Alice continues to publish in professional journals.

Ann Ludwig (Eme Capalini in Second Life) is Vice President of Development for Virtual Ability, Inc. An award-winning designer of virtual world environments, she has designed and implemented numerous virtual builds for commercial, educational, and governmental clients.

Ann specializes in creating virtual world experiences for people with disabilities. She has co-authored several academic papers. Ann has a business degree and her background includes working in marketing and advertising.

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

[URL coming soon]

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 transcribed 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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Designing for Bodies: Accessibility in VR

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