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June 7, 2022

Wobbrock team’s VoxLens allows screen-reader users to interact with data visualizations

Working with screen-reader users, CREATE graduate student Ather Sharif and Co-Director Jacob O. Wobbrock, along with other UW researchers, have designed VoxLens, a JavaScript plugin that allows people to interact with visualizations. To implement VoxLens, visualization designers add just one line of code. Millions of Americans use screen readers for a variety of reasons, including…


January 24, 2022

Assistive Robotics Reading and Discussion Group

CSE 590K is a reading and discussion group on assistive robotics that draws from robotics, accessibility, and occupational therapy literature to get familiar with the state-of-the-art in assistive robotics and identify unique, unexplored opportunities for robots to assist people. Anyone interested in the topic is welcome to join. Students who would like to get 1…


November 18, 2021

Ph.D. student Ather Sharif targets personalized design, visualizations, ableism

Headshot of Ather Sharif outside on a sunny balcony with blue sky behind him

Media sites offer digital graphics for important information such as election polling data, stock market trends, and COVID-19, excluding many users. CREATE Ph.D. student Ather Sharif‘s research on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) focuses on designing data visualizations to be accessible by people with low vision or who are blind. “We have built a world where people…


June 24, 2021

CREATE Community Day and research showcase

CREATE Community Day 2021 was a rich program that included an important discussion of the concerns and approaches to just, sustainable accessibility research that puts the needs of community members with disabilities front and center.

CREATE members highlighted what their labs are doing, with time to hear about a variety of individual projects. Read on for a sample of the presentations.


June 10, 2021

Grad student Kelly Mack receives a Dennis Lang award

Kelly Mack, a young white woman with wavy brownish hair, smiles for the camera. She wears a blue floral blouse.

Kelly Mack, a Ph.D. student in Computer Science and mentored by CREATE Founding Co-Director Jen Mankoff, received a Dennis Lang Award from the UW Disabilities Studies program and the following praise: “Kelly is dedicated to improving accessibility for disabled students at UW through her research, service, and mentoring and allyship. Her thesis work will examine…