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Wed, Feb 24, 2021

PAC was delighted to work with the excellent folks at Fight for the Future to assist in the launch of "Who Can Get Your Book", a newly created platform that identifies the availability of publications produced in paper, E-book, and audio formats. The site discusses why these formats are important from a broad accessibility standpoint including increasing access to individuals with disabilities, those with low income, illiteracy, and addressing authoritarian surveillance barriers. The platform provides a quiz for writers and publishers that indicates a score of access and availability based on decisions in the publishing process in an effort to expand the adoption of more accessible formats across the publishing industry. The site also provides explanations for various publication formats to educate on how they serve to increase access to a range of individuals. PAC provided accessibility consulting on the development of the project and worked with the incredible team at Fight the Future to ensure this outstanding new resource was born accessible.

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Tue, Nov 10, 2020 - Thu, Nov 12, 2020 & Tue, Nov 17, 2020 - Thu, Nov 19, 2020

During the 2020 Conference, PAC's founder, Sina Bahram, and Corey Timpson, long-time friend and collaborator, presented "Touch and Multi-sensory Experiences: Developing Safe and Inclusive Practices During Covid-19", examining the details related to ensuring rich inclusion and access for onsite and remote audiences under the unique conditions created by the pandemic. The session discussed intention, design, execution, management, and maintenance across the museum enterprise, focusing on strategic objectives and practical tactics for sustainable solutions.

PAC authored and recorded visual descriptions for a series of videos featured in Lincoln Center's ADA30 program. Authored and recorded by seasoned describer J.J. Hunt, the videos highlight a range of disabled artists and were presented with an embedded track of audio description.

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Thu, Jul 23, 2020

As part of Lincoln Center Activate, PAC's founder Sina Bahram presented a session titled "Digital Inclusion". Sina shared his insight on creating inclusive practices in the digital realm. The conversation addressed key considerations for ensuring inclusion with implications from COVID-19, the accessibility of remote offerings, and the role of technology in furthering inclusion.

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Thu, Jul 23, 2020

GSM Project hosted a webinar to discuss what accessibility will look like for museums, both during and after COVID-19. As part of the series Cocktails with Creatives PAC's founder Sina Bahram and Corey Timpson, dear friend and collaborator spoke on what institutions can do to enhance inclusion while responding to the evolving needs of the pandemic. Sina and Corey also spoke on adopting new techniques for reducing barriers to access in exhibitions and increasing inclusion in the presentation of content across platforms.

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Wed, Jun 24, 2020

During a 90-minute session with frog for San Francisco Design Week 2020, PAC's founder Sina Bahram and, Corey Timpson, long-time friend and collaborator, provided an overview of their inclusive design methodology and discussed key considerations of an inclusive approach. Sina and Corey illustrated principles through use cases and examples of past work then reviewed previous work from frog and examined opportunities to further inclusion in future projects.

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Thu, May 14, 2020

PAC's founder Sina Bahram was excited to speak with Pattie Reaves, Principal User Experience Developer at Alley for a webinar on the hows and whys of creating accessible websites and digital interactions. During the session, Sina and Patti discussed fundamentals and demonstrated what it’s like to navigate the web through speech.

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Tue, Mar 31, 2020 – Sat, Apr 4, 2020

During the 2020 virtual conference, PAC's founder Sina Bahram and Corey Timpson held an hour-long unscripted session "The Inclusive Design and Accessibility Answer Hour" with discussion on topics raised by attendees. The conversation covered a range of themes addressing inclusive design and accessibility across the museum ecosystem.

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February 2020

PAC's founder Sina Bahram and Corey Timpson, long-time friend and collaborator, joined colleagues organizing the initial launch of Smithsonian's Open Access initiative to promote accessibility and inclusivity-related metadata in their efforts. Corey and Sina facilitated a pan-institutional conversation across Smithsonian around accessibility, inclusivity, and data sovereignty.

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Sat, Feb 1, 2020

PAC's founder Sina Bahram and Corey Timpson, long-time friend and collaborator, were delighted to engage staff at the Corning Museum of Glass in their "Practice of Inclusion" workshop series. The training provided an introduction to inclusive design, accessibility, and strategies for application across the institution. Over 200 staff members from across the museum joined Corey and Sina for a series of lectures to build institutional awareness around inclusive practices, discussed strategic planning on inclusion, and developed a roadmap to chart milestones for future implementation. Corey and Sina were delighted to participate in several onsite demonstrations, particularly when given the opportunity to make their own glass.

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Mon, Dec 9, 2019

PAC's founder, Sina Bahram and Corey Timpson, long-time friend and collaborator facilitated an Interaction Lab workshop at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum joined by designers, museum professionals, and disabled performers to explore gallery spaces through a range of modalities. The workshop challenged assumptions around how visitors inhabit exhibition environments and navigate museum spaces through movement exercises, description activities, and discussion.

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Thu, Dec 5, 2019 - Fri, Dec 6, 2019

PAC's founder, Sina Bahram presented on enhancing inclusion while maintaining preservation goals. The conference, hosted at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, explored the critical tension within cultural institutions between ensuring the preservation of objects while making them available to the public. Sina's session discussed the role of inclusive design in broader conversations of maintaining the care of objects and access.

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Wed, Nov. 20, 2019

In an article for Slate, April Glaser discusses the experience of blind users when navigating Facebook, and the accessibility bugs on the platform. PAC's founder, Sina Bahram, was quoted on the topic of systemic accessibility across large tech companies such as Google and Microsoft, among others.

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Fri, Nov 15, 2019 - Sun, Nov 17, 2019

PAC's founder, Sina Bahram will present the closing keynote "Thinking About All Users" on Sunday, November 17 at 3:30pm in the Legends' Ballroom at the Hard Rock Hotel.

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Tue, Nov 5, 2019 - Fri, Nov 8, 2019

PAC's founder, Sina Bahram, and Corey Timpson, long-time friend and collaborator of PAC presented at the 2019 MCN Conference for a session titled "Multi-Sensory Design Towards Inclusion and Access". Many multi-sensory exhibitions aim to create immersive experiences, yet remain inaccessible for a variety of visitors. This session will examine multi-sensory exhibition design and how engaging various senses can provide not only a rich and immersive experience, but can facilitate greater accessibility, widening audiences, increasing demographics, and facilitate inclusion. Examples from different museums will be examined for not only what they achieved, but the potential they hold (or held) for increasing inclusion and access. The presentation deck from their discussion is linked above.

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Thu, Oct 31, 2019

PAC's founder, Sina Bahram met with faculty and senior administrators at Manhattan College to discuss increasing inclusion for students with disabilities as well as making the campus more welcoming to everyone. Sina spoke to the university's leadership team, discussed digital accessibility for the website, and met with a range of faculty, staff from the Accessibility Committee, and various teams across campus to discuss strategies and tactics for enhancing inclusion for various aspects of university life from digital experiences to accessible teaching techniques and accommodations for students with disabilities.

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Sun, Oct 20, 2019 - Tue, Oct 22, 2019

PAC's founder, Sina Bahram keynoted the symposium with Barak adé Soleil and led a breakout session on accessible websites. Sina also met with colleagues at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC discussing a range of first steps to improve inclusive design at the museum.

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Oct. 20, 2019

In an article for Ars Technica, Kate Cox discusses Domino's v Robles, the recent case brought to the Supreme Court over web accessibility and the ADA. PAC's founder, Sina Bahram, spoke on the potential impact of the case, and the difference between accessibility and inclusive design.

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Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Sina Bahram, PAC's founder, is honored to serve as an amicus curiae on the case Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, which is being heard by the Supreme Court of the United States. The case centers on the state of Georgia's claim of copyright over the official state code (OCGA), which includes all laws enacted by the state legislature. The claim made against Public.Resources.Org argues that this important information should not be made freely available, which is antithetical to the spirit of inclusion and access that PAC supports. The brief filed collectively by the amici curiae conveys the essential right of access for individuals with print disabilities under the ADA and articulates the violation to those rights the case presents.

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Sat, Oct 5, 2019 - Mon, Oct 7, 2019

PAC's founder, Sina Bahram, gave the keynote address at the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting which focused on the ways in which museums engage with their communities, staff, and other museums. Sina's talk addressed embedding accessibility and inclusion into all aspects of museological practice from design through implementation and operational considerations.

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Wed, Oct 2, 2019 - Fri, Oct 4, 2019

PAC's founder, Sina Bahram spoke on the panel "Building the Equitable Web" with Pattie Reeves from Alley and Alejandro de Onis from the Knight Foundation. The session covered key issues in web accessibility and how developers can implement inclusive design practices in their work. With many foundations and granting organizations in attendance, the panel also discussed the role of grantors in championing accessibility for the projects and grantees they support. By encouraging inclusive design considerations in funded projects, granting organizations can amplify the work and influence the sector at large.

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October 2019

PAC was delighted to collaborate with the team at the Peabody Essex Museum to develop a guided tactile reproduction of Morning Mist, an abstract painting featured in the Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction exhibition. PAC in collaboration with J.J. Hunt, long-time friend, and seasoned describer, authored and recorded the guided visual description of the painting, in addition to working with the museum team on the design and development of the physical installation. The tactile reproduction was the first in the museum's history, marking an important milestone in the museum's commitment to inclusive design and accessibility.

PAC's founder, Sina Bahram, will give the Keynote at WMA's annual meeting. This year, WMA will focus on "the ways museums engage with their communities, staff, and other museums."

Sina's keynote will be on Saturday, October 5, at 9am in the Boise Centre room 100DE.

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Tue, Aug 27, 2019

PAC's founder, Sina Bahram, spoke with Doug Schumacher on speed listening and text to speech engines. Sina shared his personal experience using VoiceOver and other screen reader technologies and the process of training to comprehend increased speed. Sina also talked about inclusive design considerations of voice assistants, limitations with existing interfaces and the future of using audio to consume content.

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Tue, Aug 13, 2019 - Sun, Aug 18, 2019

Group of contributors to the P5JS ecosystem gathered at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University to work through four primary tracks. The inclusion track was led by Research Fellow at the NYU Ability Project, Claire Kearney-Volpe. PAC's founder, Sina Bahram worked with P5JS inventor Lauren McCarthy and other fantastic collaborators interested in inclusion to improve the user experience when creating or enjoying the artistic output of creators. During the conference, collaborators did an informal review of the P5JS website focusing on accessibility, internationalization, and inclusive language for non-native English speakers. Collaborators also worked to make animations more accessible out of the box, as well as enhance P5JS's existing impressive graphics exploration affordances for people with low or no vision.

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August 3-7, 2019

PAC's founder, Sina Bahram presented at the 19th annual Kennedy Center LEAD Conference, the largest annual gathering of accessibility professionals and cultural workers organized by the Kennedy Center. Sina co-facilitated a capacity-building pre-conference workshop on making the visitor experience more inclusive and conducted office hours to advise attendees on digital accessibility questions and projects.

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Wed, July 31, 2019

Vox Media wrote an "Update on accessibility improvements we’re making to Chorus" and discussed their partnership with Prime Access Consulting. PAC worked with the awesome team at Vox to identify opportunities for enhanced accessibility across design and implementation.

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Sun, July 28, 2019-Thu, Aug 1, 2019

PAC's founder, Sina Bahram gave the keynote address at the 2019 Tessitura Learning and Community Conference titled "Welcoming the Widest Possible Audience". The talk focused on creating equitable experiences through principles of universal and inclusive design.

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Mon, July 15, 2019-Fri, July 19, 2019

The EPIQ conference is an international professional development workshop for educators to learn the foundational skills necessary to teach students computer science using the Quorum programming language. PAC's founder, Sina Bahram serves on the steering committee as well as the board of the Quorum Outreach and Research Foundation (QORF). You can learn more about PAC's work with EPIQ and the Quorum programming language on the project page.

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Fri, June 21, 2019

In a recent episode of On View, PAC's founder, Sina Bahram spoke with Chris Barr on what it means to make museums welcoming to broader and more diverse communities. Sina talked about the difference between accessibility and inclusive design and the role of technology as an equalizer.

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Sat, May 18, 2019-Wed, May 22, 2019

PAC's founder Sina Bahram and Corey Timpson, long-time friend and collaborator were present for AAM's Annual Meeting.

Corey presented Inclusion: Rich Experience Design for All Multisensory design sets us on a path toward rich storytelling and inclusive experiences, but breaking trail can be difficult. Examine two museums’ approaches—such as tactile imaging, audio tours, and first-person testimonies—to make photography exhibitions accessible and experiential for everyone. Learn how user feedback has informed innovation and how one design intent can be applied to different contexts, producing varying results.

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Mon, April 29, 2019-Wed, May 1,2019

PAC's founder, Sina Bahram spoke with Bluecadet web developer Shaun Baer and Communications Director of Harvard College Admissions & Financial Aid Victoria Marzilli, on the importance of integrating web accessibility and inclusive design into marketing strategies. They discussed lessons learned from the development of Harvard's admissions website.

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Wed, April 24, 2019

As part of a cross-institutional effort, PAC's founder, Sina Bahram led a Lunch & Learn for Smithsonian employees on the use of image descriptions to improve digital accessibility. The session took place alongside the creation of Guidelines for Image Description, published for public use.

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Fri, Apr 19, 2019

Claire Voon published an editorial titled "This Open Source Software Could Make Museum Websites More Accessible," which discusses the work that PAC did with MCA Chicago to create the Coyote Project.

A workshop hosted at MIT's Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship. Field experts focused on the role of library information systems and information architecture in supporting diverse communities to discover, access, create, and learn from library collections. PAC's founder, Sina Bahram participated in the discussion. The session will result in a public white paper.

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Tue, April 2, 2019-Sat, April 6, 2019

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Tue, Nov 13, 2018–Fri, Nov 16, 2018

Join PAC's founder, Sina Bahram, as he presents with Pamela Horn on the award-winning Cooper Hewitt Accessible Labels App. This year, MCN sought proposals that "investigate how museums can use technology to foster human connection and dialogue, advance accessibility and inclusion, and champion inquiry and knowledge."

Sina and Pam will be speaking on Friday, November 15, at 1:30 pm in the Hopscotch room of the Curtis Hotel, which is on the 3rd floor.

Sina says:

We should take a more inclusive strategy and not make assumptions about the abilities of the user. Instead of assuming we may have a blind person using this product, we should instead ask ourselves: are we relying on the use of vision to complete a task? Why are we doing that if we don’t need to? It’s a subtlety but makes a big difference because then you don’t accidentally leave out a group you didn’t think about at the beginning.