Handle the way: Enhancing web accessibility for people with disability

Zhang, Jinglan, Purgathofer, Peter, Brereton, Margot, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine, & Güldenpfennig, Florian (2016) Handle the way: Enhancing web accessibility for people with disability. In DIS '16 Companion: Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems, ACM, Brisbane, Qld, pp. 117-120.

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The web has become the primary mechanism for information delivery. However, for people with an intellectual disability there can be significant barriers in accessing the web. This research aims to design a novel solution to help people with a disability, especially people who cannot type easily or correctly, to access the web independently. We propose to utilize Near Field Communication tokens to store and materialize website addresses into tangible handles for web access. Most importantly, we use tokens to store frequently used key words and serve as visual aids to enable query through combination of different search tokens. This solution has the potential to improve the quality of life yet is still relatively simple and affordable. Furthermore, together with other advanced technologies such as 3D printing for personalized tokens, it opens up the opportunities for co-design between people with disability and caregivers, customized services and collaborative support for diverse users via online volunteers.

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ID Code: 96280
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Web accessibility, inclusive design, user-oriented, tangible interaction, people with intellectual disability
DOI: 10.1145/2908805.2909403
ISBN: 9781450343152
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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