Ability-Based Design: Concept, Principles and Examples

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dc.contributor.author Wobbrock, Jacob O.
dc.contributor.author Kane, Shuan K.
dc.contributor.author Gajos, Krzysztof Z.
dc.contributor.author Harada, Susumu
dc.contributor.author Froehlich, Jon
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-06T19:40:24Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Wobbrock, Jacob O., Shuan K. Kane, Krzysztof Z. Gajos, Susuma Harada, and Jon Froehlich. 2011. Ability-based design: Concept, principles and examples. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing 3(3): 9. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1936-7228 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1936-7236 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:8667394
dc.description.abstract Current approaches to accessible computing share a common goal of making technology accessible to users with disabilities. Perhaps because of this goal, they may also share a tendency to centralize disability rather than ability. We present a refinement to these approaches called ability-based design that consists of focusing on ability throughout the design process in an effort to create systems that leverage the full range of human potential. Just as user-centered design shifted the focus of interactive system design from systems to users, ability-based design attempts to shift the focus of accessible design from disability to ability. Although prior approaches to accessible computing may consider users’ abilities to some extent, ability-based design makes ability its central focus. We offer seven ability-based design principles and describe the projects that inspired their formulation. We also present a research agenda for ability-based design. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Engineering and Applied Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Association for Computing Machinery en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1145/1952383.1952384 en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.subject ability-based design en_US
dc.subject inclusive design en_US
dc.subject universal design en_US
dc.subject universal usability en_US
dc.subject design for all en_US
dc.subject user interfaces for all en_US
dc.subject computer access en_US
dc.subject assistive technology en_US
dc.subject adaptive user interfaces en_US
dc.title Ability-Based Design: Concept, Principles and Examples en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Proof en_US
dc.relation.journal ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing en_US
dash.depositing.author Gajos, Krzysztof Z.
dc.date.available 2012-05-06T19:40:24Z

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