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F15 Digital Content and Disability Conference 2018

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Date of Event
10th January 2018
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10th January 2018

This afternoon seminar will examine accessibility and usability issues in digital content, with a particular – but not exclusive – emphasis on learning-disabled people. Within this area, themes will centre around different hardware (mobile, laptop, e-book reader), media (web, e-book, apps), barriers to effective use and experts from particular sectors will explain initiatives attempting to address the differing access needs. The role of supporters may also be considered.

Partly in tandem with the astonishing rise in Smartphone technology and sales, the consumption of digital information has become an essential part of modern life. However, despite anti-discriminatory legislation and greater awareness of disabilities, much digital material is still not designed for easy access by people with all kinds of impairments. And technology such as smaller screens and keyboards, and even the ‘swipe’ facility inherent in mobile technology, may add further layers of difficulty. This at a time when, for example, the population is getting older and dementia is on the rise. The event will attempt to explain current research and thinking on these issues as well as provide practical input from practitioners.

It will be of interest to content providers, publishers, educationalists, supporters of people with disabilities (whether professional or informal carers etc.), interface designers and interested academics.  It represents an opportunity to understand an increasingly significant issue, see how others have responded and work out how to better target and market products. 


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