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Usable Accessibility ... User Experience Magazine 9.2

(Bloomingdale, IL: May 2010) – Say the word “accessibility” in a room full of usability professionals, and you will get many reactions. For some, it’s a cause. To others, it’s yet another requirement that has to be met. For many of the authors in this issue, it is simply part of usability.  The ISO 9241-20 standard agrees, defining accessibility as “the usability of a product, service, environment or facility by people with the widest range of capabilities.”

This special issue of UX on usable accessiblity includes:

  • Variations in assistive technology for people with cognitive disabilities
  • Accessibility guidelines for people who do not read easily
  • Multi-user environments for people with disabilities
  • Private and independent voting for people with disabilities
  • Some guerilla tactics for usability testing by people with disabilities
  • Social network sites for older adults
  • How to use W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
  • Accessibility as an enabler for tackling user experience challenges
  • A call to action for universal design from the United Nations

There’s also a personal perspective on access issues in Africa and a case history on the development of the Conference Accessibility Guide of the Society for Technical Communication.

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For printed copies of the magazine or for PDFs of individual articles, please contact Nicole Tafoya, publications@usabilityprofessionals.org.

The Usability Professionals' Association is an international, non-profit, professional association with more than 2000 members in the US and 35 other countries. Members are specialists in evaluating and designing products that are easy to learn and use. The organization provides its members with a wide variety of professional services. Through outreach the UPA:

  • Shares information about the skills and approach of usability professionals in meeting needs for usable products.
  • Acts as an advocate for usability in consumer, corporate and governmental software, products and web sites.
  • Educates the general public about the usability.

For more information, contact:

The Usability Professionals' Association
140 N. Bloomingdale Rd.
Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1017
email: office@upassoc.org
web: http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org

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