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Visual Interpreting: Inclusion in Higher Education

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 10:20 AM PST  
Grand ABCD  
The global pandemic has brought about changes in how higher education institutions operate. From virtual classrooms and on-campus social distancing to assuring accessibility for remote learning, having the tools to meet accessibility needs for each student has become much more complex. Visual interpreting, a relatively new field that involves supplying objective visual information, either remotely or in person, to complete tasks, is one of the tools that can span a variety of situations to promote inclusivity. Aira is the leading provider of professional visual interpreters. This presentation will outline just what this type of access to information involves. Aira has worked with colleges and universities to bring inclusion more fully into the hybridized campus and online college experience for the past three years.  Hear how some of our Access Network partners such as Ohio State University, American River College, and Princeton University have added Aira’s visual interpreting as an accommodation in the classroom, supporting pandemic-imposed safety restrictions, and for everyday community activities that are central to every college student’s experience.  We will demonstrate how visual interpreting supports inclusion across this entire spectrum, physical to digital, from academic to social, and highlight how it’s all done safely and securely.  We’ll explain the types of information a visual interpreter conveys.  Learn how we address privacy, online security, and intellectual property issues in the college classroom.  Learn how Aira can be used by students and staff with various disabilities beyond blindness or low vision.  Finally, we will explain how to utilize visual interpreting to accommodate events such as conferences.   
  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Disability Specific
  • K-12 Education
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
The emerging field of visual interpreting brings unique inclusion opportunities to higher education. We address best practices and use-cases in accessibility to distance learning, event planning, and campus life, as well as safety concerns and procedures on campus associated with the global pandemic.  
Session Type
General Track  
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Education
  • Mobile Technology
  • School-to-Work Transitioning


  • Marty Watts
    Aira Tech Corp.

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