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NCDAE Webcast - Electronic Accessibility in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


The archives below are from a Webcast held Thursday, February 17, 2005 entitled, "Electronic Accessibility in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics". The archives of the one-hour webcast can be accessed free of charge. You listen to the archives using either Windows Media Player or Quicktime.


The archives for the audio broadcast from Thursday, February 17, 2005, entitled "Electronic Accessibility in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics" are available below.

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Dr. John Gardner - Physics professor and Director of Oregon State University's Science Access Project

Dr. John Gardner is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oregon State University. He is internationally recognized as a leading expert on the physics of defects in materials. He has won a number of scientific awards including the Humboldt Prize awarded by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. His physics research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Defense, NASA, and several private corporations and foundations.

He is also founder and CEO of ViewPlus Technologies, Inc. , a company that he started several years ago to commercialize products from Oregon State University Science Access Project research group. The Science Access Project is dedicated to research on information technologies providing universal access to scientific information. Dr. Gardner founded the Science Access Project after he lost his sight in 1988. John Gardner has presented hundreds of seminars, colloquia, workshops, contributed and invited conference talks on physics and on information access by people with disabilities throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. He is considered a leading expert on access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) information.

Paul Topping - President and CEO of Design Science

Paul Topping is president and CEO of Design Science, makers of MathType, the Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, and several other products. Design Science has been actively involved in the standardization of MathML, the W3C's XML standard for representing math, since its inception. Since making math accessible has always been part of the MathML charter, Design Science has also been working to add math support to accessibility standards such as DAISY, NIMAS, and PDF/Access.

Jared Smith - WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind) and the National Center on Disability and Access to Education

Jared Smith, M.S., is Director of Education Initiatives for WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) and the Technology Coordinator for the National Center on Disability and Access to Education, both of which are projects at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. He is an instructional designer, Web developer, and accessibility trainer and specializes in training Web developers, IT professionals, and educators in Web accessibility principles and techniques. He has developed accessible course content, Web multimedia, distance education tools, and database-driven Web sites. Besides providing accessibility training as part of the WebAIM team, he also teaches courses in Macromedia Flash and multimedia development in the Instructional Technology Dept. at Utah State University. He has written a broad range of documents, tutorials, articles, and other materials, many of which are featured on the WebAIM site (

The discussion will be moderated by Cyndi Rowland of the National Center on Disability and Access to Education

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