Workshop: Participatory Design for Persons with Cognitive or Sensory Impairments @ Interact2013 (Sep 2013, Cape Town)

Dates: 3 September 2013
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Website: http://interact2013impairmentsworkshop.wordpress.com/
Deadline for application: 15 May 2013

Are you interested in participatory design and do you work with users with impairments? We organize a workshop on participatory design for persons with cognitive or sensory impairments at Interact 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. This workshop will be held on Tuesday September 3rd.

Workshop on participatory design for users with impairments

Involving people with impairments in the design process is very challenging, especially when impairments affect cognitive functions or communication. People with such impairments may have substantial problems with thought processes and communication, including understanding abstractions, sequencing thoughts and actions, understanding symbols, and interpreting social cues. Many participatory design techniques are based on these processes and are therefore not usable, or need to be adjusted for people with impairments.

Workshop aims

This workshop aims to exchange experiences with participatory design techniques that were designed for, or adapted to people with impairments. Since many of these techniques are highly focused on specific target groups, a further aim is to extract general principles and to generate guidelines for involving users with impairments in the design process.

Who should attend?

Researchers and designers who have been involved in one or more design-oriented project(s) involving users with impairments are invited to participate. After this workshop, a call for papers will be launched for a special issue (on the topic of the workshop) of the journal CoDesign.

Important dates

May 15: application deadline
May 24: notification of acceptance
September 3: workshop date
September 4 to 6: Interact main conference

Further information & contact

Please visit our project website for the workshop’s programme and to apply for the workshop: http://interact2013impairmentsworkshop.wordpress.com/. For more information and questions, please contact Karin Slegers: karin.slegers@soc.kuleuven.be.

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About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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