Weaving accessibility through an undergraduate degree

Rachel Menzies, Garreth W. Tigwell, Mandar Tamhane, Annalu Waller

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Abstract

Globally, increasing numbers of people experience accessibility issues related to technology use. At the University of Dundee, we have developed a degree programme that aims to graduate socially-aware computing scientists who can develop for a range of access needs. To achieve this, we engage our students on a supported pathway of exploration, empathy and understanding. Students collaborate with user groups of older adults, adults with aphasia, and users of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC). This practical experience leads to an understanding of the needs of the end-user and the need to develop for 'people who are not like me'.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASSETS '19
Subtitle of host publication21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages526-529
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450366762
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2019
Event21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2019 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: 28 Oct 201930 Oct 2019

Conference

Conference21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2019
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period28/10/1930/10/19

Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Ageing
  • Disabilities
  • Education
  • Empathy

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    Menzies, R., Tigwell, G. W., Tamhane, M., & Waller, A. (2019). Weaving accessibility through an undergraduate degree. In ASSETS '19: 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (pp. 526-529). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3308561.3354611