With the ongoing focus on exploiting mobile and other handheld technologies, this forum seeks to bring together mobile software developers, researchers and others involved or interested in making these devices and the applications that run on them accessible and usable by persons with different disabilities. End-users with visible and non-visible disabilities who use mainstream and adapted mobile and handheld devices and associated applications are likewise encouraged to contribute to the dialogue.
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) sharing best practice, guidelines, and first-hand experience developing applications on mobile/handheld platforms that are made to be accessible to users with different disabilities; issues related to mobile learning accessibility; information on the latest innovations in mainstream and adaptive mobile/handheld hardware accessibility (e.g., cell phones, smartphones, GPS devices, iPods); along with evaluation and feedback from end-users with disabilities who are attempting to use these technologies. As this area of accessibility evolves, it is expected conversations will as well.
As with any other public forum, members are reminded to exercise good judgment and conduct when contributing, in terms of respecting both workplace confidentiality that many are bound by, and the diversity of opinions that will naturally be expressed here.
This is an off-shoot of the Web 2.0 Accessibility Forum group here on linkedIn
I currently have primary responsibilities for Collection Development, Instruction, and Reference and Research Services in Chemical and Biological Engineering; Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering; Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering; Alternative Energy; Environment Sciences with the Library of Iowa State University, where I have been employed since April 1987.
Prior to joining ISU, I served as the Museum Librarian at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, and as an Assistant Librarian with the Library of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, my hometown.
I received my Master of Science degree in Library Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign in 1975, and my undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Lehman College of the City University of New York, The Bronx.