15th ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Vicki L. Hanson (Keynote/plenary speaker)

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    Description

    Computing for Humans In his editorial on Computing for Humans, Vardi[1] discusses computing as being an "instrument of the human mind," having the primary goal to enhance what we as humans are able to do. Nowhere is such a computing goal more evident than in the field of accessibility where we seek to create devices and software to serve people with extreme needs. In creating novel accessibility tools, research has advanced the state of the art in many areas from design of environmental spaces, to physical interfaces, to software aspects of computing. There are several cross-cutting issues that accessibility research can address. For example, there are issues of language and communication. Communication is fundamental to being human. People who have hearing loss, aphasia, cerebral palsy, autism, or dyslexia are among those who experience communication difficulties. How can we drive computing forward to provide solutions for these communication problems? Mobility and independence are other important issues. People with visual impairments, cognitive disability, or physical impairment often face difficulties in independent navigation. How can technology help? The needs of users can and should inform the agenda for new research in areas such as augmented memory, physical interactions, and human communication. [1] Vardi, M. 2011. Computing for humans. Comm. of ACM, 54(12). 5
    Period20 Oct 2014
    Event typeConference
    LocationBellevue, WA, United States