Lauren backpacking on Washington Coast


185 Stevens Way AC 101
Paul G. Allen Center
Box 352350
Seattle, WA 98185-2350

About me

I am a fourth year NSF Fellow graduate student in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington working with Richard Ladner. I am interested in Human Computer Interaction and Accessibility. I graduated from Carleton College in 2008 with a B.A. in Physics and spent three years working as the personal care assistant for a young man with Angelman syndrome, which led to my interest in accessibility.

I have seen first-hand the impact that access technology can have on lives and how useful it can be for bridging communication and information gaps often encountered by people with disabilities. My current research is in Mobile Accessibility: using smartphones as access tools for people who are blind or low-vision.

Outside of research, I introduced deaf high school students to programming as part of the Saturday Computing Experience. I have also worked with low-income and ESL adults teaching the basics of computer use. In my free time, I enjoy cross-country skiing (skijoring) with my dogs, competing in triathlons (one Ironman distance triathlon under my belt), photography and playing roller derby with the Rat City Rollergirls.

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