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Touch Me Now: Accessibility on Mobile Screens

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RSVP Required - Mobile devices have changed the way we design and develop products. Every touch and interface design decision has an impact, especially on users with disabilities. We'll talk about how these users interact with touch screens and show what you can do to improve the overall user experience on leading mobile platforms (iOS and Android). Our goal is to challenge and inspire the builders in the industry to include people from all walks of life into their designs.

Good understanding of iOS and/or Android mobile platforms. Experience with user design and/or user research.

What to Bring:
- An iOS device running iOS5 or higher.
- An Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0x) or higher.
- Headphones.
- A blank sheet of paper.
- Something to take notes with.

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Victor Tsaran Sr Accessibility Program Mgr PayPal

Since 2012 Victor leads the Accessibility Team at PayPal. The team is responsible for ensuring that users with disabilities can effectively utilize PayPal's products and services, both on mobile and desktop devices. He collaborates with interface designers and engineers to ensure the best user experience for everyone.
Prior to PayPal, Victor worked at Yahoo! as a Senior Inclusive Design Program Manager where he oversaw the implementation of the companywide accessibility activities on the technical side. In addition to his internal responsibilities, Victor participated in various public events to promote accessibility around the world.
Before his job at Yahoo!, Victor worked as an Accessibility Programmer at BART Group, McLean, Virginia on various consulting contracts ranging from Section 508 testing for federal agencies (USPTO, VA, EOP etc) to adapting proprietary software for businesses (AOL, T-mobile, Freedom Scientific etc).
Between 2000 and 2002, after having received Bachelors degree in computer science from Temple University, Philadelphia, Victor traveled extensively in South East Asia teaching computers to the visually impaired users of different ages in countries, such as Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia. This work was carried out for ON-NET, Overbrook Nippon Network on Educational Technology. Victor also taught courses on assistive technology in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Since 1998 through 2010 Victor served as a web master for ICEVI (International Council for Education of Visually Impaired),, an organization devoted to promoting equal educational opportunities for visually impaired children around the world.
In 1996 Victor co-established one of the first computer centers for visually impaired in Ukraine.
In addition to his job responsibilities, Victor has a passion for jazz guitar and participates in various open source projects, the most known of which is JSonar,, the software which enables visually impaired musicians around the world to use Cakewalk Sonar, the world’s leading music recording application for Windows.