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Due to several requests, the submission deadline has been extended until 
November 30th.

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Call for Papers
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Special Issue On: Embracing Diversity with Help of Technology and 
Participatory Design - International Journal of Sociotechnology and 
Knowledge Development (IJSKD)
(https://www.igi-global.com/calls-for-papers-special/international-journal-sociotechnology-knowledge-development/1108) 


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Important dates
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Submission date due 30/11/2017

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Overview
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This special issue is aimed at presenting research works focused on 
discussing and addressing challenges in design for disability, 
neurodiversity and more in general for people with special needs by 
applying participatory design. The title of the Special Issue refers to 
"Diversity", considering the variety of human differences, caused either 
by physical impairment, cognitive impairment, chronic diseases, or the 
so-called neurodiversity.
The use of technology, both new and well established, combined with a 
participatory approach to design might represent an important way to 
embrace diversity. Designing for usability, accessibility and inclusion 
not only means focusing on user interfaces and ergonomic aspects but 
also consider factors such as acceptability and appropriation. Bodily, 
cognitive, and emotional appropriation should be regarded as fundamental 
to the success of a design process that is truly open to the diversity 
of users. To identify the right stakeholders is of primary importance 
for correctly informing the design process and to support the culture of 
participation in everyday life. However, this can be quite hard 
especially in cases where multiple individuals and organizations are 
involved. In many cases the end users, their family members, homecare 
caregivers, healthcare professionals, nursing homes, and organizations 
have to collaborate towards a common goal. In such perspective, a 
participatory approach to design may be of great help to implement 
usable, accessible, and inclusive technological solutions that put the 
end users and their needs at the center. Still it is complicated to 
decide under which circumstances a design process can be considered 
participative and/or has participatory results (for example when users 
participate in the design but don’t recognize in the results their 
contribution). Moreover, new technologies, recent evolution of virtual 
and augmented reality, and Internet of Things allow to design more 
flexible and advanced interaction tools and systems while at the same 
time may raise new challenges related to the difficulties of use that 
impairments can imply.

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Recommended Topics
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- Designing for usability, accessibility focusing on user interfaces and 
ergonomic aspects as well as factors such as acceptability and 
appropriation
- Bodily, cognitive, and emotional appropriation as fundamental to the 
success of a design process that is truly open to the diversity of users
- Identifying the right stakeholders for correctly informing the design 
process and the difficult cases in supporting the culture of 
participation in everyday life
- A participatory approach to design to implement usable, accessible, 
and inclusive technological solutions that put the end users and their 
needs at the center
- Theories concerning the circumstances a design process can be 
considered participative and/or has participatory results (for example 
when users participate in the design but don’t recognize in the results 
their contribution)
- The ways in which new technologies, recent evolution of virtual and 
augmented reality, and Internet of Things allow the design of more 
flexible and advanced interaction tools and systems
- Emerging challenges related to the difficulties of use that 
impairments can imply

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Submissions
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Prospective authors should note that only original and previously 
unpublished articles will be considered. INTERESTED AUTHORS MUST CONSULT 
THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at 
http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ PRIOR 
TO SUBMISSION. All article submissions will be forwarded to at least 3 
members of the Editorial Review Board of the journal for double-blind, 
peer review. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will 
be based on the reviews received from the reviewers. All submissions 
must be forwarded electronically.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of the 
Guest Editors:
Barbara Rita Barricelli and Ines Di Loreto
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Ines Di Loreto, Enseignant Chercheur/Associate Professor
ICD/Tech-CICO, STMR (UMR CNRS),
Université de Technologie de Troyes
12, rue Marie Curie, CS 42060, 10004 Troyes Cedex
tel. (+33)0-325718007
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