The XR Association (XRA) was honored to moderate a panel on the future of accessibility in immersive technology at this year’s virtual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference. XRA CEO Elizabeth Hyman moderated this engaging discussion and was joined by:
- Christopher Patnoe, Head of Accessibility Programs at Google
- Andrew Eiche, COOwl and Cable Slinger at Owlchemy Labs
- Christian Vogler, Director of the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University
The panel discussed the importance of inclusive design thinking in XR development, the opportunities and challenges associated with making immersive technology accessible to users of all abilities, and the work they’re doing to ensure the future of XR technology is accessible.
The discussion comes amidst XRA’s ongoing work to promote inclusivity and accessibility in XR, such as filing comments with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on how XR can assist aging and underserved populations and adding a chapter on Accessibility & Inclusive Design in Immersive Experiences to the XRA Developers Guide.
UPDATE: Watch the video below