Free Web Conference on Software Accessibility, Usability Testing and Individuals with Disabilities
Sharon Perry
April 28, 2005

This conference will be based on the paper: Software Accessibility, Usability Testing and Individuals with Disabilities by Sheryl Burgstahler, Tracy Jirikowic, Beth Kolko, and Matt Eliot.

"This paper reports on a collaborative project between a university and technology corporation that explored computer software usability and accessibility with older adults and individuals who have disabilities, some of whom use assistive technology. The project history and overall goals are described. In addition, the methods and results from usability/accessibility studies involving individuals with visual impairments, people with mobility impairments, and older adults are presented. The implications of these findings are discussed relative to the notion that in order for information technology products to be considered "usable" (i.e., efficient and easy to learn and use), they should be universally designed to meet a wide range of user needs, with or without the use of assistive technology. Suggestions for future research, as well as for promoting the consideration of the needs of consumers with disabilities during product design, development, and usability testing are also discussed."

Although the EASI webcasts and conferences are run according to various American Time Zones, links to the recordings will also be made available for those who are unable to attend.