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Karin Slegers <[log in to unmask]>
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Karin Slegers <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:10:12 +0000
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Are you interested in participatory design and do you work with users with impairments? We organize a workshop on participatory design for persons with cognitive or sensory impairments at CHI2014<> in Toronto, Canada.

Workshop on participatory design for users living with cognitive or sensory impairments

Involving people with impairments in the design process is very challenging, especially when impairments affect cognitive or sensory functions. People with such impairments may have substantial problems with thought processes and communication, including understanding abstractions, sequencing thoughts and actions, understanding symbols, and interpreting social cues. Many participatory design techniques are based on these processes and are therefore not usable, or need to be adjusted for people with impairments.

Workshop aims

This workshop aims to:
1) bring together people who are active in the topic of the workshop to exchange ideas and experiences regarding participatory design techniques that were designed for, or adapted to people with impairments.
2) identify general guidelines for doing participatory design with people living with cognitive or sensory impairments.

Workshop setup

The workshop will start from the results of two workshops held at the Participatory Design Conference 2012 and INTERACT 2013 as well as from the experiences of the workshop's participants. Based on this, we will identify general guidelines for doing participatory design with people living with cognitive or sensory impairments. As such, much of the time schedule is reserved for formulating concrete guidelines that will help researchers and designers to streamline their activities and ‘standardize’ methodological practices.

This full-day workshop has a creative, generative character. It will refrain from using a standard workshop setup of presentations and discussions. Sharing best practices, brainstorms and formulating guidelines in interactive group sessions will be at the core of all activities.

Who should attend

Researchers and designers working on (a) design-oriented project(s) involving people with cognitive or sensory impairments are invited to participate. Especially those who have adjusted existing participatory design techniques to such users are encouraged to apply.


People can apply by filling in one or more workshop cards (available from the workshop’s website<>), describing their target group and a technique they used. In addition, applicants write a one-pager about their expectations of the workshop. At least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop. All participants must register for the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

Important dates

- January 17: application deadline
- February 10: notification of acceptance
- April 26 or 27: workshop date

Further information & contact

Please visit our workshop website<> for the workshop's programme and to apply for the workshop.. For more information and questions, please contact Karin Slegers: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

We hope to see you in Toronto in April!

Karin Slegers (PhD),  senior researcher
CUO | Social Spaces - KU Leuven / iMinds

Parkstraat 45 Bus 3605, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Phone: +32 16 32 36 52   Fax: +32 16 32 32 10


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