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Svetlana in a blue dress speaking in front of a large slide monitor.

I’ve been presenting at events and conferences internationally for a decade about user experience and accessibility and explaining why accessibility is universal design benefiting everyone.

My talks are not typical:

  • I use American Sign Language (my fifth language) and
  • have an ASL interpreter voice for me in spoken English and
  • project real-time verbatim captions in English (my third language) for everyone.

Attendees can access information not only via audio, but also via captioning that benefits more people than just those who are deaf or hard of hearing. They can learn firsthand about user experience and accessibility from the speaker who is deaf, female, and foreign-born and gives them an unique perspective about people with disabilities, the largest and the most ignored minority, and why investing in accessibility early is good for their business bottom line.

People with disabilities, make up the LARGEST and sadly the MOST IGNORED MINORITY and are often excluded from diversity and inclusion equation. Diversity and inclusion means NOTHING to them if accessibility is denied to them because it makes them feel excluded. That’s why accessibility is so important to them in order to be on the equal footing with everyone else.

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in having me:

  • giving a presentation at your event or conference,
  • teaching a class or workshop to your organization, or
  • providing a training for your team.

I also offer event accessibility consulting to help organizers with their event accessibility logistics.

Examples of my past presentations

  • “Accessibility Through the Eyes of a Deaf Professional”:
    AngularConnect 2017 in London, United Kingdom
  • “Deaf-Friendly WordPress: Beyond Video Captioning and Sign Language”:
    WordCamp US 2016 in Philadelphia, PA
  • “Communication Access in Higher Education: How Serving Deaf People Benefits Everyone”:
    ConfabEdu 2016 in Philadelphia, PA
  • “Why Accessibility is Universal Design: Perspective from a Deaf Professional”
    NYC UXPA event 2016
    in New York City, NY
  • “Beyond Video Captioning and Sign Language: Accessibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People”:
    The Accessible World 2016 in Philadelphia, PA
  • “Communication Access for Deaf Students and Employees”:
    HighEd Web New England 2016 in South Hadley, MA
  • “Accessibility Through the Eyes of a Deaf Professional”
    World IA Day 2016
    in New York City, NY
  • “Quality Same-Language Captioning: Bringing Access to Both Deaf People and Foreigners”:
    Polyglot Conference 2015 in New York City, NY
  • “Accessibility Through the Eyes of a Deaf Person”:
    Accessibility Camp 2015 in Brooklyn, NY
  • “Accessible Content: Quality Captioning and Transcription as Universal Design”:
    Gilbane Conference 2014 in Boston, MA
  • “Captioning as Universal Design: Making Aural Information Accessible for Everyone”:
    User Focus 2014 in Washington, DC
  • “Making Aural Information Accessible: Captioning as Universal Design”:
    edUi Conference 2014 in Richmond, VA
  • “Quality Captioning as Universal Access: Making Aural Information Accessible for Everyone”
    Ignite Velocity 2014
    in New York City, NY
  • “Accessibility Beyond Coding: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility”:
    Word Camp 2014 in Brooklyn, NY
  • Accessibility Camps 2013 in Boston, MA and Washington, DC
  • “Secrets of Audio Transcription in Improving UX Universally”:
    IA Summit 2013 in Baltimore, MD
  • “Website Accessibility”
    WordPress Meetup 2012
    in New York City
  • “Beyond Captions: Universal Access, Universal Appeal”:
    Big Design 2012 in Dallas, TX
  • “Web Accessibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People”:
    Accessibility Camps 2011 in Boston, MA and Washington, DC
    Accessibility Camp 2010 in Washington, DC
  • “Audio + Text = Accessibility”:
    EduWeb 2009 in Chicago, IL
  • “Internet Evolution Through the Eyes of a Deaf User and Web Professional”:
    HighEd Web 2008 in Springfield, MO

Articles about my past presentations

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