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Cognitive Accessibility Community Group

Mission

The mission of the COGA Community Group is to work with and support the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility (COGA) Task Force  to improve web accessibility for people with cognitive and learning disabilities.

This group supports the COGA Task Force by supplying user needs and feedback.

Scope
The COGA Community Group’s work will include:
- Sharing challenges when using the web and other digital displays
- Suggesting user needs
- Helping with research
- Suggesting ways to improve accessibility for the community
- Reviewing COGA’s drafts
- Outreach and collecting feedback from the community
- Helping with policy and the business cases for COGA guidance
- Having open meetings to discuss these points
Open meetings may be live video conferences or in other discussion formats

Participation

You do not need to be an expert in all topics related to cognitive accessibility to join the community group. The COGA Community Group will work in smaller groups for specific subjects, giving you the opportunity to participate on the topics you choose.

The COGA Community Group will also work together on some topics, brainstorming and building a community dedicated to improved access for all.

Anyone can join this group as long as they follow the community guidelines.

However, the community group will specifically benefit from including:
- people with learning and cognitive disabilities,
people with mental health challenges,
- caregivers, therapists and people who work with people with learning, cognitive challenges and in mental health,
- researchers,
developers, quality assurance professionals, and user interface experts,
industry, looking to share and support ideas, and
policy makers.

Additional details of participation
- Joining the COGA Community Group does not involve joining the COGA Task Force.
- If you would prefer to join this group anonymously, please send an email to ran@w3.org.
- The community group will not publish specifications, but may make suggestions to the COGA taskforce.
- For more information about community groups, please visit Community and Business Groups Frequently Asked Questions.
- Short link to this document: bit.ly/coga-community

Group's public email, repo and wiki activity over time

Note: Community Groups are proposed and run by the community. Although W3C hosts these conversations, the groups do not necessarily represent the views of the W3C Membership or staff.

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Meeting reminder/agenda: August 4th, 2022 at 14:00 UTC

  • The next meeting will be Thursday, August 4th at 14:00 UTC
    • Meeting in Local Times (if your time zone is not represented, please let Adi, Kiki or Jamie know and we will add it)
      • PST: 6:00 AM
      • CST: 8:00 AM
      • EST: 9:00 AM
      • United Kingdom: 3:00 PM
      • Berlin: 3:00 PM
      • Israel: 4:00 PM
      • India: 6:30 PM

Also time zones can change with daylight savings, so if the time is incorrect, please let Adi, Kiki or Jamie and we will update it!

Meeting join information: w3.org/2017/08/telecon-info_coga-cg (opens in a new tab)
Check the meeting time in your timezone: worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_UTC.aspx

Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome (Meeting notes) (5 minutes)
    • Identify scribe in August 4th meetings notes
  • Report updates (30 minutes)[Adi, Lee, Szu] Report on live transcription as a cognitive support in synchronous meetings
  • Discuss pending matters from previous meeting (10 minutes)
  • Closing questions and next steps (5 minutes)

This will also be shared on the slack channel. If you need to be added to the slack channel, please reach out to Adi to get a code!

Meeting agenda: July 7th, 2022 at 14:00 UTC

The next meeting will be

  • Thursday, July 7th at 14:00 UTC
    • Meeting in Local Times (if your time zone is not represented, please let Adi, Kiki or Jamie know and we will add it)
      • PST: 6:00 AM
      • CST: 8:00 AM
      • EST: 9:00 AM
      • United Kingdom: 2:00 PM
      • Berlin: 3:00 PM
      • Israel: 4:00 PM
      • India: 6:30 PM

Meeting join information: w3.org/2017/08/telecon-info_coga-cg (opens in a new tab)
Check the meeting time in your timezone: worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_UTC.aspx

Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome (Meeting notes) (5 minutes)
    • Identify scribe in meetings notes
  • COGA TF requests (5 minutes)
    • [Rain] General update from Task Force
  • Discuss pending matters from previous meeting (30 minutes)
    • [Kiki] Google Form Updates for collecting examples
    • [Erin] Any update on organizing feedback
  • Report updates (10 minutes)
    • [Adi, Lee, Szu] Report on live transcription as a cognitive support in synchronous meetings
  • Closing questions and next steps (5 minutes)

More details on the agenda are available in this Google Doc

Meeting agenda: June 2nd, 2022 at 14:00 UTC

The next meeting will be

  • Thursday, June 2nd at 14:00 UTC
    • Meeting in Local Times (if your time zone is not represented, please let Adi or Kiki know and we will add it)
      • PST: 6:00 AM
      • CST: 8:00 AM
      • EST: 9:00 AM
      • United Kingdom: 2:00 PM
      • Berlin: 3:00 PM
      • Israel: 4:00 PM
      • India: 6:30 PM

Meeting join information: w3.org/2017/08/telecon-info_coga-cg (opens in a new tab)
Check the meeting time in your timezone: worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_UTC.aspx

Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome (Meeting notes) (5 minutes)
    • Identify scribe in meetings notes
  • COGA TF requests (15 minutes)
    • [Rain] Data collection and user research
  • Discuss pending matters from previous meeting (20 minutes)
    • Google Form Updates for collecting examples
  • Report updates (20 minutes)
    • [Adi, Lee, Szu] Report on live transcription as a cognitive support in synchronous meetings
  • Closing questions and next steps (5 minutes)

More details on the agenda are available in this Google Doc

Meeting reminder: May 5th, 2022 at 14:00 UTC

The next meeting will be

  • Thursday, May 5th at 14:00 UTC
    • Meeting in Local Times (if your time zone is not represented, please let Adi or Kiki know and we will add it)
      • PST: 6:00 AM
      • CST: 8:00 AM
      • EST: 9:00 AM
      • United Kingdom: 2:00 PM
      • Berlin: 3:00 PM
      • Israel: 4:00 PM
      • India: 6:30 PM

Meeting join information: w3.org/2017/08/telecon-info_coga-cg (opens in a new tab)
Check the meeting time in your timezone: worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_UTC.aspx

Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome (Meeting notes) (5 minutes)
    • Identify scribe in [DATE] meetings notes
  • COGA TF requests (10 minutes)
    • Can the community group help us surface resources for developers and others internationally? We would like to create lists.
  • Discuss pending matters from previous meeting (20 minutes)
    • Person(s) to help organize feedback from different channels
    • Which groups would we like to circulate the feedback form to?
  • Report updates (20 minutes)
    • [Adi, Lee, Szu] Report on live transcription as a cognitive support in synchronous meetings
    • [Kiki, Rashmi] Outreach and education
  • Closing questions and next steps (5 minutes)

More details on the agenda are available in this Google Doc

Meeting reminder: April 7th, 2022 at 14:00 UTC

The next meeting will be

  • Thursday, April 7th at 14:00 UTC
    • Meeting in Local Times (if your time zone is not represented, please let Adi or Kiki know and we will add it)
      • PST: 6:00 AM
      • CST: 8:00 AM
      • EST: 9:00 AM
      • United Kingdom: 2:00 PM
      • Berlin: 3:00 PM
      • Israel: 4:00 PM
      • India: 6:30 PM

Meeting join information: w3.org/2017/08/telecon-info_coga-cg (opens in a new tab)
Check the meeting time in your timezone: worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_UTC.aspx

Meeting Agenda

  1. Welcome (Meeting notes) (10 minutes)
    1. Identify scribe in April 7th meetings notes
    2. Speak about scribe/note taking duties
  2. Rain discussing task force updates (10 minutes) 
  3. Discuss pending matters from previous meeting (25 minutes)
    1. Review community feedback form 
    2. Ownership of collecting feedback 
  4. Report updates (5 minutes)
    1. [Adi, Lee, Szu] Report on live transcription as a cognitive support in synchronous meetings
    2. [Kiki, Rashmi] Outreach and education
  5. Closing questions and next steps (5 minutes)

More details on the agenda are available in this Google Doc

Meeting reminder: February 16, 2022 at 2:00 UTC and March 3, 2022 at 14:00 UTC

The next two meetings will be:

  • Wednesday, February 16 at 2:00 UTC (note that this is Tuesday, February 15 in AMER)
  • Thursday, March 3 at 14:00 UTC

Meeting join information: w3.org/2017/08/telecon-info_coga-cg (opens in a new tab)
Check the meeting time in your timezone: worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_UTC.aspx

February 16:

  1. Welcome
  2. Set up Meeting notes and identify scribe
  3. Continue: COGA TF is working on what constitutes clear and understandable content. Please help us come up with both good and bad examples from your own experiences of sites and interfaces.
  4. Asynchronous community group participation and how to make it easier for anyone to be involved.

March 3:

  1. Community group organization
    • Leadership
    • Group scope and work statement (Rain will have a draft based on Feb 3 notes before this meeting)
  2. [Adi and Szu] form to report patterns and issues to help identify community feedback for Content Usable
  3. [Adi, Lee, Szu] Report on live transcription as a cognitive support in synchronous meetings
  4. [Kiki, Rashmi] Outreach and education
  5. Round table topics (see Dec. 2 for previously recommended topics)

More details on the agenda are available in this Google Doc

Meeting reminder: January 19, 2022 at 2:00 UTC and February 3, 2022 at 14:00 UTC

The next two meetings will be:

  • Wednesday, January 19 at 2:00 UTC (note that this is Tuesday, January 18 in AMER)
  • Thursday, February 3 at 14:00 UTC

Meeting join information: w3.org/2017/08/telecon-info_coga-cg (opens in a new tab)
Check the meeting time in your timezone: worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_UTC.aspx

  1. Welcome
  2. Meeting notes and identify scribe
  3. Community group organization
  4. The COGA TF is starting to plan timeline and draft priorities for the next version of Content Usable. Create a plan to review and provide formal feedback from the community group
  5. The COGA TF is working on what constitutes clear and understandable content. Please help us come up with both good and bad examples from your own experiences of sites and interfaces
  6. Project updates
  7. Round table topics
  8. Closing questions and next steps

More details on the agenda are available in this Google Doc

Meeting reminder: December 22, 2021 at 2:00 UTC and January 6, 2022 at 14:00 UTC

The next two meetings will be:

  • Wednesday, December 22 at 2:00 UTC (note that this is Tuesday, December 21 in AMER)
  • Thursday, January 6 at 14:00 UTC

Special thanks to Kiki, who will covering for Rain to facilitate these next two meetings while Rain is on vacation!

Meeting join information: w3.org/2017/08/telecon-info_coga-cg (opens in a new tab)
Check the meeting time in your timezone: worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_UTC.aspx

  1. Welcome
  2. Meeting notes and identify scribe
  3. Project updates
  4. Round table topics
  5. Closing questions and next steps

Happy new year!

Meeting reminder: December 2, 2021 at 14:00 UTC

Meeting join information: w3.org/2017/08/telecon-info_coga-cg (opens in a new tab)
Check the meeting time in your timezone: worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_UTC.aspx

  1. (Rain) Meeting notes and identify scribe
  2. (Adi, Lee, Szu) Project update: Report on how live transcriptions in synchronous meetings benefit participants with cognitive differences and disabilities 
  3. (Kiki) Project update: Education and outreach
  4. (Edward, Kiki) Project update: Report on why visual connections matter in content
  5. (Lisa, Rain) Project proposal: creation of small videos of panel discussions on each objective
  6. Round table topics (this list represents the order, but we will only do topics when the proposing individual is present and ready, so can go to the next item if needed): 
    • Santina: stigma, and how to overcome it
    • Rashmi: font accessibility
    • Noreen: share on her academic work
    • Santina: “cog fog” as a very present reality in our COVID-world and how it impacts usability
  7. Closing questions and next steps

Meeting reminder: November 17, 2021 at 02:00 UTC

Topics: 

  • (Rain) Meeting notes and scribe
  • (Rain) Quick overview of Content Usable
  • (Kiki) Project update: Education and outreach
  • (Adi, Lee, Szu) Project update: Report on how live transcriptions in synchronous meetings benefit participants with cognitive differences and disabilities 
  • Round table from the community members: background, challenges, examples on failure and success experiences
  • Closing questions and next steps