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An Ally for Access

Palm-sized Robot Navigates Touchscreens for Visually Impaired Users. Having to tap-tap-tap away to order a sandwich or check bags at a touchscreen kiosk can be annoying. For those who are blind or visually impaired, it can be excruciating…

Recent study finds people with dementia use changing information behaviors when seeking health information

INFO Assistant Professor Amanda Lazar and a team of researchers studied how people with dementia search for health information after diagnosis. In a¬†study¬†published last year, College of Information Studies (INFO) assistant professor and member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) Amanda Lazar, along with a team of researchers, explored how people with dementia search for…

UMD Tech Tool Aims to Make Workplaces More Inclusive for Autistic People

Video Platform Designed by Neurodiverse Team Could Improve Communications for All. A new communications platform in development at the University of Maryland could increase employment opportunities for the autistic community by helping individuals navigate the nuances of communication with their neurotypical colleagues.

Stephanie Valencia-Valencia Explores How Large Language Models Can Accommodate People with Disabilities

The INFO assistant professor studies the benefits and limitations of technology in aiding communication.

Maryland Initiative for Digital Accessibility (MIDA) informs public policy on technology accessibility for people with disabilities

Jonathan Lazar provided testimony about digital accessibility to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and MIDA provided comments to the rulemaking related to web and mobile app accessibility under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act

News Release: Maryland Initiative for Digital Accessibility (MIDA) Launches

Led by the UMD INFO College, Maryland Initiative for Digital Accessibility (MIDA) aims to change technology design to include disability communities as equal partners, proactively building in accessibility.