Rethinking Universal Accessibility: A broader approach considering the digital gap. Abascal, J., Barbosa, S., Joshi, A., Orwa, D., Weber, G., & Zaphiris, P. In Workshop at INTERACT 2013, 2013. Springer Verlag.
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“Universal Accessibility” aims at including all people with disabili- ties in the target population for user-centered design. It is usually focused on the needs of people with disabilities, frequently including elderly people. Current advancements in Design for all may require complex equipment, advanced network environments, or computer training. Therefore, these products or ser- vices may fall out the reach of many people with disabilities because of eco- nomical, technological or formative restrictions. This is a frequent situation in countries where poverty is associated with barriers to obtain assistive technolo- gies and services. This Workshop aims at rethinking the concept of Universal Accessibility in order to find ways to include all excluded people with disabili- ties. The main objective of this workshop, organized on behalf of the IFIP WG 13.3 HCI and Disability for HCI, is to discuss the possibility of broadening the Universal Accessibility concept to include geopolitical and socio-economical circumstances. To this end, attendees will try to find agreed answers to ques- tions such as: Can the Universal Accessibility concept be extended in order to include people with disabilities also affected by other barriers such as poverty, illiteracy, lack of access to advanced technology, etc.? Is it possible to create accessibility guidelines that also consider affordable devices, deprecated tech- nology, cultural issues, or illiteracy? More information about this workshop in- cluding a call for participation and post-publication plans can be found in:

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