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INTERACT 2013 Workshop on Rethinking Universal Accessibility

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Call For Participation (CfP)

Workshop on Rethinking Universal Accessibility: A broader approach considering the digital gap


Cape Town, South Africa, 2 Sep 2013

In conjunction with INTERACT 2013, 2-6 Sep 2013 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Submission deadline: 20 May 2013

Submission types:
- position papers (four pages)
- regular papers (eight pages)

Papers should be submitted via EasyChair at:



Universal Accessibility aims at including all people with disabilities 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 the Design for all concept may require complex equipment, advanced network environments, or computer training. Therefore, these products or services may fall out the access of many people with disabilities because economical, technological or formative restric-tions. This is a frequent situation in developing countries, but it is becoming common also in developed countries where poverty and emigration are frequently associated with barriers to access to assistive technologies and services.

This Workshop aims at rethinking the concept of Universal Accessibility in order to find ways to include all excluded people with disabilities.
It is organized on behalf of the IFIP WG 13.3 HCI and Disability for HCI for academics, designers, managers, etc., interested in creating methodologies, tools and products for a wider market, considering ethic and social requirements.

Thus, the main objective of this workshop is to discuss the possibility of broadening the Universal Accessibility concept to include geopolitical and socio-economical circumstances.

Experiences in fighting the Digital Gap will especially be welcome.



This one-day workshop is open to researchers and practitioners with experience or interest in Universal Accessiblity. Submissions will be selected based on relevance to the workshop topics, on originality, and on insightfulness.



This workshop will focus on theoretical and practical work on the impact of economical, technological, social, political, etc., issues in universal accessibility. Real experiences in fighting info-exclusion will be particularly welcome. Authors of submissions should carefully explain how the work and results presented contribute to enhance and broaden the Universal Access concept.

- 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 technology, cultural issues, and illiteracy?
- Is it possible to separate the accessibility for people with disabilities to the accessibility of the rest of the population?


Submission Types:

Two types of contributions are expected:

- Position papers (four pages), containing opinions and proposals to be discussed at the workshop
- Regular papers (eight pages), presenting results of research activities fighting infoexclusion due to socio-economical or geopolitical reasons, affecting people with disabilities

All submissions should follow the LNCS format, whose instructions are available

Authors should submit their work via EasyChair, at:



Accepted regular papers will be invited to submit an extension to Springer's Universal Access in the Information Society journal for a Special Issue on Rethinking Universal Accessibility.


May 20th 2013. Submission deadline
May 26th 2013. Notification to authors
Jun 1st 2013. Participants registration deadline
Jun 26th 2013. Summision of the camera-ready version
Sep 2th 2013. Workshop
2014. UAIS Special Issue publication



- Julio Abascal, Computer Architecture and Technology Department. University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Spain.
- Simone D. J. Barbosa, Informatics Department. PUC-Rio, Brazil.
- Andrew Dearden, is a Reader in e-SocialAction within the Communication & Computing Research Centre. Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
- Anirudha Joshi, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, India.
- Daniel Orwa Ochieng, School of Computing and Informatics in the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
- Gerhard Weber, Technische Universitt Dresden, Germany. Chair of IFIP WG 13.3 HCI and disabilities.
- Panayiotis Zaphiris, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts. Cyprus University of Technology.



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Author(s): Rikke Friis Dam
URL: http://www.interaction-design.org/calendar/interact_2013_workshop_on_rethinking_universal_accessibility.html