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ICCHP 2006

10 th International Conference on Computers
Helping People with Special Needs

July 12-14, 2006, University of Linz, Austria

Special Thematic Session (STS)

Materials for Teaching Accessibility
and Design for All

Julio Abascal Gerhard Weber
University of the Basque Country University Kiel - Multimedia Campus
Laboratory of HCI for Special Needs Westring 431-451
San Sebastian 24118 Kiel
Spain Germany

This session is part of ongoing work to implement Design for All (DfA) in Higher Education. The learning objectives may be different for teacher education from education of designers of industrial products, but education of DfA needs many resources, case studies and teaching materials.

Previously, workshops have been held to identify the needs of industry by the IDCnet network with respect to educating designers and engineers as well as by the EdeAN network to develop harmonized curricula on DfA.

Similar to the role of teaching materials in general HCI education are case studies required. For example hearing a screen reader in action can explain how access by blind people to the web is working. In addition, visualisation is required to deepen the understanding of limitations a screen reader user experiences in browsing the web. Such a visualisation may require the viewer to think being the first person (the handicapped user) or being a neutral observer.

We are looking for contributions in these areas:

  • case studies of teaching DfA involving the use of novel teaching materials including technology enhanced learning,
  • development techniques for video scripts and other multimedia material studying interaction techniques involving handicapped users,
  • visualisation techniques for non-visual modalities including force feedback, haptic displays, sound, and speech,
  • training scenarios for manual or automatic evaluation of web accessibility, and
  • development of success stories

This workshop is organized on behalf of the working group HCI and Disabilities of International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP WG 13.3). One of the principal objectives of the working group is to make HCI designers aware of the needs of people with disabilities. WG 13.3 is organising workshops at HCI conferences such the successful workshop "Promoting inclusive design policies and strategies for HCI" at INTERACT 2005.

Since a number of individuals have a dual (or even triple) role in EdeAN, IDCnet and IFIP WG13.3, this workshop is a perfect opportunity to promulgate the work on Design for All.

Submission Deadline: January, 25th 2006

All papers undergo careful peer review and will appear in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). Manuscripts must be submitted directly to the conference management system:

Please send any inquiries directly to the STS chairs.  

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