Accessibility for Deaf People - Beyond Video Captions and Sign Language

Track: 1 (MAIN STAGE) Type of session: talk
Start Time: 12.15 Entry-level / open to all

When people think about accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, video captioning and sign language, interpreting automatically comes to mind. But it goes beyond that. What about webinars, live events, telecommunications, emergency situations, education, employment, and so on? The vast majority of deaf and hard of hearing don’t know sign language to benefit from interpreters, and not everyone can lipread or benefit from hearing devices.

Sveta’s presentation will help attendees better understand that not all deaf and hard of hearing people are the same and learn more about various hearing and communication abilities and preferences in various situations. The speaker is an experienced deaf professional providing consulting services to businesses, thus giving you the unique opportunity to hear first-hand about accessibility for deaf people.

Let’s think outside the ears!

Session takeaways

  • Learn more about various hearing and communication abilities
  • Hear first-hand about accessibility for deaf people

Talk Transcript : Read here

Bio

Svetlana Kouznetsova (Sveta) is an independent consultant and accessibility trailblazer based in NYC area. Sveta helps regular businesses make their mainstream web, media, and events more accessible to the world’s largest minority of 1.85 billion of disabled people. She is also a founder of Audio Accessibility providing consultation on improving communication and information access to 466 million of deaf and hard of hearing people worldwide.

Sveta is a book author and an international speaker. Her TEDx talk uncovers the benefits of high quality captioning access that increase audience and ROI for businesses.

She has an MS degree in Internet Technology and over 20 years of experience in design, technology, and accessibility. Sveta’s combination of personal experience with deafness and professional expertise with accessibility gives people valuable insight into the importance of accessibility.

Note: Speaker information is subject to change

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