Sign Language Science Interpreter Headlines Keynote Talks Friday

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Conveying technical research information that makes sense to lay audiences can be a challenge. That challenge is even greater when the audience includes people who are deaf and hard of hearing, as sign language doesn’t always have the words to describe technical terms. Lauren Hughes, who serves as director of operations at Civic Access, a deaf, woman-owned social media enterprise, will discuss those challenges at 9-10 a.m. Friday, July 30 in ISAT/CS Room 159 on the James Madison University campus east of Interstate 81. In her talk Friday, titled, “Access Allies – Promoting and Defending Equity in a Virtual Age,” Hughes will discuss the importance and impact of people’s choices to make research content accessible. Topics will include how COVID launched a major shift in access demands, different types of communication access and the meaning of “effective” communication access.

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