Keynote Speaker

Knowledge Derived from One More Perspective: Accessibility as Content Enhancement

Why are accessibility requirements not a burden, but an opening to an improved transfer of knowledge? How are the essential principles of information exchange enhanced by accessibility considerations?

Making complex collections of information accessible requires yet another perspective, but the extra viewpoint enhances the value of the final presentations for all.

As an information architect, I often use physical architecture as an example –
“If you were designing a multi-story building, which aspect of the building could you “Not Know” before starting construction?”

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• New elevator techniques?
• Future expansion goals?
• Accessibility?

Clearly all are important. Similar design considerations exist in information systems.

If the slogan: “To Teach is to Learn Twice” is accurate, what deep advantages result from accessibility considerations in course design?

About the Keynote Speaker

Arthur R Murphy
Interaction Consultant, Aeolian Solutions, LLC.

Arthur R. Murphy is an Information Architect who specializes in universal design. He uses his extensive background in information technology to consult on the design and evaluation of websites, multimedia, and software applications.

Mr. Murphy’s background in user experience design includes software development, multimedia creation, and computer science instruction. His work in information architecture is informed by his expertise in issues of accessibility. His employment includes academia (Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology), private industry (IBM and SunTrust Bank), and government (a member of the committee that drafted the U.S. Section 508 Standards and a peer review panelist for the National Science Foundation’s SBIR grant program to fund innovative technology to assist people with disabilities).

His recent efforts have included user experience design work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His CDC consulting encompassed audience definition, site design and implementation, workflow improvements, and collaborative design of cohesive experiences across channels.

Mr. Murphy has taught part-time in Georgia Tech’s College of Computing: a Practicum in the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Master’s program. His consultancy, Aeolian Solutions, assists clients in accessibility evaluation and interface design.

On a lighter note, Mr. Murphy offers this brief biography -

After a brief encounter with adulthood in his early 30’s, Arthur discovered that – although childhood is overrated – adulthood need not be boring. Consequently, he has followed paths that are relatively tolerant of an inquisitive attitude.

Now, largely finished with his wanderings between private industry and academia, Arthur’s state of semi-retirement enables him to fulfill childhood fantasies: reading science-based non-fiction and playing with sharks in the Ocean Voyager exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium.

When not consulting on best practices for providing access to electronic media for people with disabilities, he can be found riding his bicycle in North America and Europe - with a notepad, a pencil, and a glass of local wine.

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