ACM has awarded the 2014 SIGACCESS Outstanding Contributions award to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) professor Vicki Hanson.
ACM is honoring Hanson for her career-long focus on issues of inclusion for people with disabilities. She has developed award-winning applications and software for older adults and individuals with hearing and vision impairments.
As part of the award, Hanson will serve as keynote speaker at the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, which takes place Oct. 20-22 in Rochester, NY.
"Vicki Hanson has devoted her whole career to studying the needs and characteristics of diverse people with disabilities and creating methods that can help them," says University of the Basque Country professor Julio Abascal. "Her innovations, research, and publications are influencing developers and being used by consumers around the world every day."
Before joining RIT in 2013, Hanson led several research projects related to accessibility while serving as a professor at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Earlier in her career, she founded and managed IBM's Accessibility Research group. Her work in that group included accessibilityWorks, a project that enables users to personalize Web pages using browser extensions to make them more usable by older adults and people with visual, motor, or cognitive handicaps.
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