PCI Webinar with Jim Tobias
Raising the Floor on Access to Technology for Patrons with Disabilities
Making library technologies accessible is a challenge—solutions are often expensive and complicated. The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII; http://gpii.net), an international development project, plans to address those problems. People with disabilities can choose their own interface features such as large print or text-to-speech.
The GPII stores those needs and preferences in the cloud, and lets users see those interfaces on any device they encounter. GPII’s first use environment will be in libraries, with a co-development program going on right now, and small-scale pilots in 2015.
Attend this webinar and find out more about how GPII works and how your library can get involved.
Jim Tobias – Biography
Jim Tobias has more than thirty-five years experience in accessible and usable technology in both public and private sectors. He has focused on how technologies are designed and used in education, employment, communication, transportation, commerce, and civic participation, for seniors and people with disabilities.
With a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design, he began his career at Berkeley’s Center for Independent Living, then led initiatives at Bell Labs and Bellcore on enhanced usability and accessibility. He works on the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure project in several capacities, and leads the communications team for Raising the Floor, an international consortium on advanced usability. He is the Technical Director of the US Department of Labor’s Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology
He has served on several advisory committees, including co-Chairing the Access Board’s committee on updating accessibility requirements in Sections 255 and 508. Jim co-directed the accessibility element of California’s review of voting technologies in 2007-2008, and led the user testing component.
His favorite projects have been: an innovative telecommunications relay service with integrated speech technologies, a network-based talking productivity toolkit, and “AT Boogie”, an award-winning music video about assistive technology.