Accessibility Advocate / Director, Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.
Washington, D.C. / Asian
🎓B.S. Applied Physics, Angelo State University; M.S. Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology; JD, Texas Southern University; LLM Intellectual Property, University of Houston; PhD Computer Science, University of Houston
😁 I don’t care how you say my name, but I care how you spell my name, as my first language is written English, and I do not have access to spoken English.
Raja researches how computing can help people with disabilities improve how they see and hear, and he advocates for related laws and policies.
ABOUT HIS WORK
His research interests encompass the fields of accessible computing and accessibility/intellectual property law, with the goal of improving information access for people with sensory disabilities. In the accessible computing field, he investigates information and communication access disparities for people with sensory disabilities. For example, he investigates technology that can aid communication or learning through speech-to-text (captions/subtitles) or sign language interpreters, for deaf, hard of hearing, low vision or blind people. In the legal field, he advocates for laws and policies for access and inclusion for people with sensory disabilities, such as automatic captions or audio description.
WATCH & DISCUSS
In this video, Raja presents on 'Tactile Captions: Augmenting Visual Captions'. Closed captions are not fully accessible, because many auditory signals are not easily represented by words, e.g., the sound of the ball being hit by a bat, or to describe a ring tone.