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Karin Slegers <[log in to unmask]>
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Karin Slegers <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:42:10 +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 Interact 2013<> in Cape Town, South Africa. This workshop will be held on Tuesday September 3rd.

Workshop on participatory design for users with impairments

Involving people with impairments in the design process is very challenging, especially when impairments affect cognitive functions or communication. 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 exchange experiences with participatory design techniques that were designed for, or adapted to people with impairments. Since many of these techniques are highly focused on specific target groups, a further aim is to extract general principles and to generate guidelines for involving users with impairments in the design process.

Who should attend?

Researchers and designers who have been involved in one or more design-oriented project(s) involving users with impairments are invited to participate. After this workshop, a call for papers will be launched for a special issue (on the topic of the workshop) of the journal CoDesign.

Important dates

May 15: application deadline
May 24: notification of acceptance
September 3: workshop date
September 4 to 6: Interact 2013 main conference

Further information & contact

Please visit our project 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 Cape Town in September!

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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