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The Sixth International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web
Accessibility (W4A 2009)

'Web Accessibility for Older Users: Are We There Yet?'

Co-Located with the Eighteenth International World Wide Web Conference
(WWW2009), in Madrid, Spain, 20-21 April 2009.

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Topics and Content
Population demographics indicate that our populations are ageing
across the board. As the population ages the financial requirement to
work longer is increased, but the ability to work longer is reduced
because disability becomes a bar to employment. With the growth of the
knowledge economy, and a move from manual work to more thought and
communication based activities, there is the very real possibility of
older Web users being able to finding productive, fulfilling, and
social empowering employment; if only technology, and specifically the
Web, where available to them. An ageing but Web-literate population
indicates a large market for online shopping and services especially
when mobility is a problem for the shopper.

In this case we wonder how this new population we interact with Web
based resources, and what new problems in accessibility will there be
to overcome? Will the Web provide the social, employment, and health
care benefits currently unavailable to older users? Will complex and
highly graphical interfaces excluded ageing users from access? How do
the adaptation patterns for Web access by older people vary across
cultures? What problems exist, what are the upcoming problems, what
solutions are required? Finally, what effect will an ageing user
population have on the wider Web? We pose the question: Web
accessibility for older users - are we there yet?

Panel: "Supporting older Web users in Spain"
organised by Alan Chuter (Technosite/ONCE Foundation)
* Nerea Galdona, researcher INGEMA (Matia Foundation Gerontological
   Institute, <>);
* Beatriz Aguer, manager,, Social Services Documentation
   Centre, Generalitat de Catalunya (<>).
* Carlos Martinez, UDP (Democratic Union of Pensioners,
* Antonio Jimenez Lara, Sociologist, Technosite.
* Andrew Arch, W3C. Web Accessibility and Ageing Specialist

Most elderly people in Spain today grew up and worked without using
computers either at home or at work. Compared to their counterparts in
many industrialized countries, and younger people in Spain, they are
less likely to perceive the value and usefulness of ICT (information
and communication technologies) in their daily activities. The panel
will discuss the experience of elderly computer users in Spain today.

The social perception of elderly people in Spain has traditionally
been different from that in comparable countries. What is the
perception of the usefulness of ICT among the elderly? Is advocacy
among the elderly community as strong as in other countries? How does
this affect provision by content and service providers? Do service
providers take their needs into account? What educational provisions
are there? How important is peer support? How can those able to
provide support and education understand the needs of the older
generation? How can the Spanish experience inform provision and
practice in other countries?

Web Accessibility Challenge
Sponsored by Microsoft since 2008, the "Web Accessibility Challenge"
is organised to give an opportunity to researchers and developers of
advanced Web accessibility technologies for showcasing their
technologies to technical leaders in this area not only from academia
and industry but also from end-users.  More details:

* Microsoft Corporation (<>)
* Google (<>)
* The Mozilla Foundation (<>)
* ACM's Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing(SIGACCESS)
* Zakon Group (<>)

W4A 2009 is endorsed by the International World Wide Web Conferences
Steering Committee (IW3C2)

General Chair
David Sloan
School of Computing, University of Dundee, DUNDEE


Programme Chairs
Hiro Takagi and Chieko Asakawa
Accessibility Research, Tokyo Research Laboratory, IBM Research, TOKYO

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Programme Committee
* Julio Abascal (University of the Basque Country,Spain.)
* Shadi Abou-Zahra (World Wide Web Consortium ,USA.)
* Margherita Antona (ICS-FORTH,Greece.)
* Helen Ashman (The University of South Australia,Australia.)
* Armando Barreto (Florida International University,USA.)
* Jeffrey Bigham (University of Washington,USA.)
* Yevgen Borodin (Stony Brook University,USA.)
* Giorgio Brajnik (Universita di Udine,Italy.)
* Catherine Brys (University of Strathclyde,UK.)
* Alan Chuter (Technosite (ONCE Foundation.),Spain.)
* Sara Czaja (University of Miami,USA.)
* Olga DeTroyer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel,Belgium.)
* David Duce (Oxford Brookes University,UK.)
* Becky Gibson (IBM Emerging Internet Technologies,USA.)
* Vicki Hanson (University of Dundee,UK.)
* Simon Harper (University of Manchester,UK.)
* Sarah Horton (Dartmouth College,USA.)
* Sri Kurniawan (University of California Santa Cruz,USA.)
* Richard Ladner (University of Washington,USA.)
* Jonathan Lazar (Towson University,USA.)
* Laura Leventhal (Bowling Green State University,USA.)
* Rui Lopes (University of Lisbon ,Portugal.)
* Klaus Miesenberger (University of Linz,Austria.)
* David Novick (The University of Texas at El Paso,USA.)
* Zeljko Obrenovic (Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e),Netherland.)
* Enrico Pontelli (New Mexico State University,USA.)
* Christopher Power (University of York,UK.)
* IV Ramakrishnan (State University of New York at Stony Brook,USA.)
* Gustavo Rossi (Universidad Nacional de La Plata,Argentina.)
* Paola Salomoni (University of Bologna,Italy.)
* Andrew Sears (UMBC,USA.)
* Cynthia Shelly (Microsoft,USA.)
* Constantine Stephanidis (ICS-FORTH,Greece.)
* Shari Trewin (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center,USA.)
* Douglas Tudhope (University of Glamorgan,UK.)
* Takayuki Watanabe (Tokyo Woman's Christian University,Japan.)
* Yeliz Yesilada (University of Manchester,UK.)

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