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Richard Ladner elected AAAS Fellow for his leadership in making computing education and careers accessible to people with disabilities

Richard Ladner conversing in sign language with three students in a computer lab Allen School professor emeritus Richard Ladner has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his “distinguished contributions to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the computing fields.” One of 26 leading scientists in the organization’s Information, Computing & Communications section to attain the rank of Fellow this year, Ladner has devoted the past two decades to research and advocacy aimed at making computing education and careers more accessible while designing technologies… Read more →
January 26, 2022

The “conscience of computing”: Allen School’s Richard Ladner receives Public Service Award from the National Science Board

Allen School professor emeritus Richard Ladner, a leading researcher in accessible technology and a leading voice for expanding access to computer science for students with disabilities, has been named the 2020 recipient of the Public Service Award for an individual from the National Science Board (NSB). Each year, the NSB recognizes groups and individuals who have made significant contributions to the public’s understanding of science and engineering. In recognizing Ladner, the board cited his exemplary science communication, diversity advocacy,… Read more →
August 11, 2020

Richard Ladner honored with Strache Leadership Award for impact on accessibility education and research

Richard Ladner, professor emeritus at the Allen School and a nationally recognized leader in accessibility research and advocacy, has been recognized with the Strache Leadership Award from the Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge. Each year, the center honors an individual who has made a significant and lasting impact through education and research in the area of assistive technology with the Strache Leadership Award, which is named for CSUN’s former Vice President for Student Affairs Fred Strache.… Read more →
March 20, 2018

UW CSE’s Richard Ladner recognized by SIGACCESS for outstanding contributions in accessible computing

UW CSE professor Richard Ladner has been selected the 2016 winner of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility by the Special Interest Group in Accessible Computing (SIGACCESS). In announcing the honor, SIGACCESS cited Ladner’s 30+ years of research, advocacy and leadership in the field of accessible computing. From the award citation: “Richard’s steadfast support and advocacy for people with disabilities have tangibly increased their participation in STEM fields….Richard was one of the first people to address the… Read more →
August 18, 2016

UW wins Best Student Paper Award at ASSETS 2014

The paper “Tactile Graphics with a Voice: Using QR Codes to Access Text in Tactile Graphics” has been named Best Student Paper at ASSETS 2014, the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. The authors are UW CSE graduate students Catherine Baker and Lauren Milne, UW CSE staff member Jeffrey Scofield, UW HCDE graduate student Cynthia Bennett, and UW CSE faculty member Richard Ladner. Tactile graphics are a major way for blind people to access… Read more →
October 23, 2014

Deaf, hard-of-hearing students do first test of sign language by cell phone

UW’s MobileASL team is developing the first device able to transmit American Sign Language over U.S. cellular networks. The tool is completing its initial field test, which allows the team to see how people use the tool in their daily lives and what obstacles they encounter. Eleven participants — all students in the UW Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing — are testing the phones for three weeks. They meet periodically with the research team… Read more →
August 16, 2010

The Broader Impact of Technologies for the Blind and Deaf

UW CSE’s Richard Ladner talks with Rachel Tompa in an Xconomy article regarding the hurdles that must be cleared to make a phone or a computer usable to the blind or deaf.  He believes that technologies developed for the blind and deaf may eventually lead to broader technological advancements.  This belief is not such a far-fetched idea:  mobile GPS, now used by milliions, was originally developed as an aid for the blind.  Ladner, along with his students, use engineering and… Read more →
July 28, 2009

Helping the Blind and Deaf Feel at Home in a Wired World

Columns, the magazine of the University of Washington Alumni Association, reports on the long and fruitful work that Boeing Professor in Computer Science and Engineering Richard Ladner has done making technology and opportunity more available to blind and deaf people. Dr. Ladner had two deaf parents, which helped him understand the challenges faced by those with sensory disabilities and motivated him to work to help lower barriers A notable project to come out of Ladner’s advocacy work is WebAnywhereRead more →
March 4, 2009

Richard Ladner Receives 2008 Purpose Prize

Richard Ladner, UW CSE professor, was one of 15 recipients of the 2008 Purpose Prize, an award for social innovators over 60. Ladner has shifted his focus from computer science theory to developing better technologies for disabled people. He and his students and colleagues have developed such applications as WebAnywhere, software to allow the blind to use the internet on the go, MobileASL, an application for deaf people to use video communication on cell phones, and… Read more →
December 4, 2008

Researchers work on developing sign language for cellphones

A group of University of Washington researchers are working on MobileASL (American Sign Language) which would allow the hearing-impaired to use sign language on cellphones.  The MobileASL project is led by Eve Riskin, a UW professor in electrical engineering; co-leaders include Computer Science & Engineering professor Richard Ladner, and Information School professor Jacob Wobbrock. We reported earlier on UW News coverage of MobileASL here. Read the full article here.… Read more →
December 3, 2008

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