A technical program manager at Google, Victor Tsaran’s life pursuit is to help make technology more accessible for all. Currently focused on the Android products at Google, Tsaran brings a deep understanding of the needs of individuals with disabilities to the Google team, infusing his passion for music, design and more into his daily work.
A professor in performing arts technology at the school of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan, Sile O’Modhrain brings a wide breadth of personal and professional skill to the Holman Prize committee. With past careers in journalism, technology, music and more – and passionate study in the fields of arts, assistive technology, and haptics – O’Modhrain is constantly in search of better ways for blind people to access information and work in the world.
Rachel, a psychotherapist and singer, would use the Holman Prize to travel both the United States, and around the world to countries like Russia and Tanzania, teaching pre-existing vocal choirs how to make their organizations more accessible and accommodating for blind and low-vision participants.
Vincent, who is originally from Uganda, would use the Holman Prize to travel to Scandinavia to learn more about various accessible technologies, and subsequently teach his peers in California about them.
Nathan, a tech consultant and web developer, would use the Holman Prize to continue his “As Alexa Sees It” project, which is intended to make Amazon’s Echo technology even more useful for blind and low-vision consumers.
Before joining the NYPL staff, Chancey co-founded the branch’s volunteer-powered technology coaching service, which pairs novice users of accessible technology with confident mentors who use accessibility features every day. In 2016, Chancey and her colleagues received an NYPL Innovation Grant for Dimensions,
a project that equips the community with free workshops and tools that blind and sighted people can use to make accessible raised-line graphics and 3d models for STEM activities, accessible representations of art, mapping and anything else library patrons would like to create.
Chancey was recognized as a 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. She is an incoming 2018-2019 Fellow at the Institute for Data and Society, where she will work to spark community conversations about privacy, data transparency and ownership issues in Internet-connected accessibility tools. She proudly serves as the Vice President of the National Federation of the Blind of New York (NFB.org), part of a nationwide civil rights organization that believes in the power of blind people to transform their dreams into reality. Follow her @ChanceyFleet on
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Jennison Asuncion is LinkedIn’s Engineering Manager, directing their digital accessibility efforts. Previously, he spent almost seven years as a member of the Royal Bank of Canada’s IT Accessibility Team. In 2012, Mr. Asuncion co-founded the annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) to raise awareness of digital accessibility issues. He obtained a B.A. in Political Science, and an M.A. in Educational Technology, from Concordia University in Montreal.