FSCONS 2011/Accessibility track

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About the track

  • Track name: Universal Design — Aiming for Accessibility
  • Track Organiser: Rikard Fröberg


This track is about technology and accessibility. Technology in itself can be designed in a way that lets everybody access it, regardless of difficulties, disabilities or disposition. Therefore, when designing technological applications, one should aim for making the application accessible to everybody, and as a side-effect gain more users.

But technology can also be used in order to bridge difficulties and increase accessibility. Many times, what started as an adoption or aide for people with some disability, lead to the design of something that many people found very convenient or useful. Examples of this are single lever faucets, TV remote controls, automatic door openers and many other common objects.

From a societal viewpoint, making the society in all aspects more accessible is a key component in a democracy. People must be included in and have access to the various parts of the daily life and activities of the society.

About universal design

Universal Design (wikipedia) is used for making buildings, products and environments inherently accessible to both people without disabilities and people with disabilities. The track will present projects and examples of accessible design for the benefit of everybody without excluding anybody.

Read more at the The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) for another definition.

Interesting projects

ITU Gaze Tracker

The ITU Gaze Tracker is an open-source eye tracker that aims to provide a low-cost alternative to commercial gaze tracking systems and to make this technology more accessible. It is developed by the Gaze Group at the IT University of Copenhagen and other contributors from the community, with the support of the Communication by Gaze Interaction Association (COGAIN).

Link: http://www.gazegroup.org/downloads/23-gazetracker

Swedish Post and Telecom Agency - winning projects

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency arranges yearly competitions for projects where the winners get fundings for projects designed for accessibility. Here are the winners from the last competition (Swedish): Vinnarna i PTS innovationstävling "Kultur och fritid".