Transcript: Tech disability community meets for conversation and connection

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This is a transcript of a podcast about The Tech Disability Project’s first in-person gathering held on Oct. 7. IRENA FISCHER-HWANG, HOST: On a warm autumn evening, a crowd of tech workers gathers at Adobe headquarters in San Francisco. They’re attending a panel discussion and mixer about disability in the tech industry. The event is an opportunity for both people with disabilities and non-disabled people to get together and discuss: what does accessibility in tech look like? What does it sound like? And who is it for? HARSHIL VED: My name is Harshil Ved. I work for Google. I am a Product Support Manager for accessibility. IRENA FISCHER-HWANG: Ved leads…

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Tech disability community meets for conversation and connection

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SILICON VALLEY — Demographic data on employees who self-identify as having a disability is often some of the last to be added to diversity reports for tech companies. And some major tech firms still lack resource groups focused on disability. The Tech Disability Project is a place where tech workers with disabilities can meet, share their experiences, and discuss their hopes for disability advocacy in the tech industry.

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As fires rage, California takes steps to integrate technology into wildfire management

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CALIFORNIA — In September, even before the October wildfires began to ravage parts of northern and southern California, governor Gavin Newsom announced two contracts totaling nearly $2 million for developing technology to facilitate wildfire detection and emergency decision-making.

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Wildland development escalates California fire costs

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PARADISE — The Camp Fire is just the latest mega-fire in California — and the cost of fighting such fires has risen dramatically. California dwarfs other states in fire-suppression costs, an analysis by a Stanford journalism class has found. The Stanford class analyzed daily reports from the most expensive fires in every state from 2014 to 2017, and found that dense development at the border of wildlands — in communities like Paradise, Cobb, and Santa Rosa — helps explain California fires’ exceptional damage and expense to put out.

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