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Making the internet accessible for people with cognitive and communication impairments.
journal contributionposted on 2006-03-07, 17:42 authored by Colette Nicolle, David Poulson
This paper presents some of the work of the EU WWAAC project (World Wide Augmentative and Al-ternative Communication), which aims to make the elec-tronic highway more accessible to people with cognitive and communication impairments, in particular those us-ing symbols instead of text to communicate. Few spe-cific guidelines are available to make sites truly accessi-ble and usable for these user groups. We propose that guidelines are required for two purposes: to design stan-dard Web pages for use by the general public, including a wide range of older people and people with disabili-ties, and also to design Web pages specifically for par-ticular impairment groups, e.g. for symbol users in their personal, educational and employment activities. Not only should the guidelines be relevant to particular user groups, they must also be • accessible—that Web developers can easily find the most relevant guidelines, and • usable—that Web developers can easily put those guidelines into practice.
CitationPoulson, D.F. and Nicolle, C.A., 2004. Making the Internet Accessible for People with Cognitive and Communication Impairments, Universal Access in the Information Society , 3(1), pp. 48-56
NotesThis article has been published in the journal, Universal Access in the Information Society [© Springer-Verlag]. The definitive version is available at: http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=1615-5289.