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A Luminist Perspective in a Colorist World

by Damian Sian

Princeton University professor Thomas Conlan of the East Asian Studies and History department spoke last week at an event hosted by the Office of Disability Services in their AccessAbility Center. His presentation was titled: In the Eye of the Beholder: On the Experience of "Colorblindness." In his presentation, Professor Conlan discussed his lived experience as a “Luminist” in a world he describes as overly “Colorist.”  

MathML for Accessible Math Markup

by Damian Sian

In order to create semantically accurate math equations that are accessible to people of diverse abilities, it is imperative to leverage the power of MathML. MathML is a markup language that provides semantic understanding and proper syntax to assistive technologies like screen readers.

Applying the Social Model of Disability to Web Accessibility

by Damian Sian

Creating accessible and inclusive Information Communication Technology (ICT) has many forces driving the advancements in the field of web accessibility. As practitioners of web accessibility we should be operating from a common set of definitions – not only of our compliance standards – but of the fundamental theoretical models that define our approach. There are two main theoretical models of disability, the medical model and the social model, that must should be considered in the discourse of defining the approach to web accessibility.

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