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When: Back to Calendar December 6, 2013 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Where: Dr. Jonathan Lazar, Sabbatical Presentation, Dec. 6
COSC Conference Room
Categories: Mobile Seminar

Locked Out: Investigating Societal Discrimination against People with Disabilities
Due to Inaccessible Websites

Sabbatical Presentation

Dr. Jonathan Lazar
Department of Computer and Information Sciences

Jonathan Lazar was selected as the Shutzer Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for the 2012-2013 academic year. During that year, Dr. Lazar studied the intersection of disability rights law with human-computer interaction for people with disabilities. This research had the goal of understanding the relationship between web-based interfaces that are inaccessible to people with disabilities, and how those inaccessible interfaces lead to forms of discrimination that are illegal under US law, such as pricing discrimination, employment discrimination, and limited access to emergency information. As a part of this project, Dr. Lazar researched the effectiveness of various accessibility compliance monitoring activities by government entities. At Harvard, Dr. Lazar’s main collaboration was with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability. He also worked on writing a book, tentatively titled Ensuring Accessibility: Technology, Process, and Policy, which is now under contract by Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.