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Inclusive design: special needs as mainstream HCI

From: Sandra P Foubister <sandra@dcs.napier.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 1998 16:00:01 +0100 (BST)
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A tutorial that may be of interest to list members is due to take place
on 1st September 1998, in Sheffield, England...
...as part of the HCI'98 conference tutorials.

Title: Inclusive design:  special needs as mainstream HCI
Tutor: Dr. Alison Crerar, Napier University, Edinburgh

Details are given below, and may also be found at:

The HCI'98 Web pages, which include booking details, are at:


Dr. Sandra P. Foubister             Tutorials chair for HCI'98 
Napier University, Canal Court      sandra@dcs.napier.ac.uk
42 Craiglockhart Avenue             PHONE: +44 (0)131 455 5340
Edinburgh EH14 1LT                    FAX: +44 (0)131 455 5394

            Inclusive design: special needs as mainstream HCI


The tutorial explores the practicalities and benefits of promoting
Universal Access. The premise is that we are all *extra-ordinary users*
with special needs depending on task, tools and context. Considering
special needs as mainstream ultimately improves design for *all*.


The tutorial will include:

 o information about causes of exclusion, legal obligations, existing
   hardware and software options for accessibility, useful agencies,
   centres of research;
 o historical and contemporary examples to illustrate the wider
   benefits of designing for special needs;
 o problem-solving tasks and the opportunity to take part in a focused


  o software designers and developers;
  o people with responsibility for the welfare of those with special needs;
  o HCI lecturers who wish to embrace this topic.

No prior knowledge of disability and IT is assumed.


Dr. Alison Crerar is Senior Lecturer in Computing and a member of the
HCI Research Group at Napier University, Edinburgh. She has 15 years
experience of developing applications for a range of special needs. Her
innovative software for stroke victims "Microworld for Aphasia" was
recognised by a British Computer Society IT Award in 1991.
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