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Panayiotis Zaphiris <[log in to unmask]>
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Special Issue of ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS)

on

"Online Communities and People with Disabilities"

Guest Editors:  Panayiotis Zaphiris & Ulrike Pfeil
Centre for HCI Design
City University London

The focus of this special issue will be on papers that address the
design and study of online communities for people with disabilities
and for older people. Theoretical issues and practical challenges in
these areas such as analysis of empathic communities, design and
evaluation methodologies as well as implementation will be of interest
to this issue.

The term online community is generally used to refer to people who
meet and communicate in an online environment. Rather than physical
proximity, researchers use the nature and strength of relationships
among the members to determine the characteristics of an online
community. Online communities are formed around similar interests (for
example discussions around a disability) of the members. People who
have similar needs or experiences meet in online communities in order
to exchange valuable resources and/or to engage in social support. An
increasing number of people spend time in online communities to make
friends, develop relationships, and exchange emotional support. Social
interaction online can especially be beneficial for people with
special needs (and for older people) as it allows them to stay in
contact with family and friends despite the disability or
time-constraints.

The emphasis for TACCESS publications is placed on experimental
results, although strong papers presenting new theoretical insights or
positions are also given consideration. Additional information for
prospective authors can be found at:
http://www.is.umbc.edu/taccess/authors.html


THEMES
Contributions from both the academic community and industry are most
welcomed. Potential topics include (but are not limited to) the
following:

*Design approaches and techniques suitable for empathic online communities
* Usability and accessibility studies regarding online communities for
people with disabilities
* Theoretical foundations for analysing empathic online communities
* Social and Cultural Issues of online communities for people with disabilities
* New methods and techniques (e.g. Social Network Analysis)
* Ethical issues to be considered when studying online communities for
people with disabilities
* The potential of 3D Virtual Worlds for such communities

SUBMISSION PROCESS:
Prospective authors should as soon as possible (but before 15th of May
2007) submit a tentative title and a short abstract (maximum 150
words) to Panayiotis Zaphiris ([log in to unmask]). Authors of
abstracts that are judged to fit the themes of the special issue will
be promptly invited to submit a full paper.  Full paper should follow
the journal's suggested writing format
(http://www.is.umbc.edu/taccess/authors.html) and should be submitted
directly to the editors of this special issue ([log in to unmask])


Important dates:
o Abstract submission: By 15th of May 2007
o Full paper submission: 15th July 2007
o Response to authors:   25th September 2007
o Final version of papers:   25th October 2007

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