Establishing design best practices for users with cognitive and learning difficulties

Simeon Keates, Philip Varker

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In many respects, cognitive difficulties and learning impairments are the poor relation of Universal Access (UA) research. Research into emotional impairments is even less common. A simple review of almost any general UA or Assistive Technology conference proceedings will typically show a strong bias towards sensory (vision and hearing) impairment, with a strong minority addressing motor impairment issues. This is an improvement on the situation a few years ago where the vast majority of the papers would be based solely on blindness, despite that particularly impairment constituting only 14% of people with a vision impairment and 2% of the overall prevalence of functional impairment in the general population [7]. This paper discusses the reasons why such a disparity exists and summarises the outcome of an International Symposium, hosted by the IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center, to establish the state-of-the-art in research and best practices for supporting access for users with cognitive difficulties and learning impairments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal access in human computer interaction
Subtitle of host publicationcoping with diversity
EditorsConstantine Stephanidis
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783540732792
ISBN (Print)9783540732785, 3540732780
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction - Beijing, China
Duration: 22 Jul 200727 Jul 2007
Conference number: 4th

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference4th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleUAHCI 2007


  • Cognitive impairment
  • Learning difficulties
  • Design best practices


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