UNICEF and the Perkins School for the Blind: Closing the accessibility gap in research

Research tools and outputs often rely heavily on visual presentations of data, which can lead to accessibility barriers. UNICEF Innocenti partnered with Perkins Access and the developers of the EPPI-Mapper to create an evidence and gap mapping tool that not only is more accessible for users, but generates a more accessible visualization map of research evidence. Officially launching at SightTechGlobal, this breakout session will explore the motivation behind the EPPI-Mapper’s redevelopment, the accessibility considerations that enhanced its usability, the next steps to continue improving the tool’s accessibility and the implications raised for all types of research. Join the team behind the tool to learn more and get your questions answered, so you can start creating your own, accessible evidence gap maps.

Live AMA with Envision’s Karthik Mahadevan: The Future of AI Smartglasses

Immerse yourself in a 30-minute online session focusing on the innovative world of AI smartglasses. Discover the latest advancements, future potential, and real-world applications from an industry expert. The session includes an interactive Q&A, offering a unique opportunity for deep engagement and learning.

Live AMA with the Be My AI / Be My Eyes team

Following the Be My Eyes session on the main stage, please join the Be My Eyes team working on Be My AI for a live AMA to get answers to your questions about this breakthrough application of generative AI to one of the blind community’s favorite applications.

How AI image generating tools could be helpful or harmful

Every week it seems there is a new tool released to generate images using AI. How might these tools be used in a way that increases inclusion? What are the risks we currently face with AI generated images furthering exclusion? This session will be an interactive exploration of AI image generation (with descriptions) and how it could impact disability representation, alternative text, and facilitate blind people as image creators. Help guide Kate’s live exploration and discover what images are generated from the prompts chosen from audience participation.


  • Kate Kalcevich, Head of Accessibility Innovation, Fable