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 CSE 590W - Computers and Disabilities, Spring 2008
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Computers are playing an ever more important role in assistive technology for a wide range of disabilities. In this seminar, we will explore the state of the art and current research in computer-based assistive technology for blindness, deafness, cognitive impairment, and other disabilities. The seminar will include a mix of lectures, invited speakers, and discussions of recent research papers. These will include current research at UW on computer-based assistive technology, as well as guests from various organizations outside of academia. If you wish to present your work or experience, please contact Richard Ladner at ladner [at] cs [dot] washington[dot] edu.

First meeting is on April 9, 2008.


The SLN for this seminar is 12031. CSE graduate students who wish to attend and participate in the discussions may register for 1 credit. No particular background is required. Non-computer science majors and undergraduates may (and are encouraged) to attend with permission of the instructors. If you are from outside of the Computer Science department, you will need to obtain an add-code to register for the seminar. Please contact Richard Ladner (above) to obtain the code.

Be sure to sign up for the mailing list (below) to be kept informed about any room/time changes.


Talks are generally 30-40 minutes followed by 10-20 minutes of discussion. In some cases students will read papers prior to a discussion. All talks and discussions are in CSE 303 in the Paul Allen Center on Wednesdays at 9:30 - 10:20 am.

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Subscribe to the seminar mailing list and also check out the archive for past postings. The subscription and archive are carried over from quarter to quarter.

Organizers: Jeff Bigham and Richard Ladner

Potential Papers/Topics with dates and speakers/discussion leaders:

Date Topic/Paper Speaker/Discussion Leader
4/2/08 No Meeting because of ICWSM in Seattle N/A
4/9/08 Overview of CSUN 2008 Jeff Bigham, University of Washington
4/16/08 Technology for Long-Term Care: Elder Care for the Next Billion. Reading: Large-Scale Human Activity Recognition Using Ultra-Dense Sensing Matthai Philpose, Intel, Seattle
4/23/08 AccessComputing Site Visit Overview of UW Accessibility Research Richard Ladner
4/30/08 No Seminar
5/7/08 Accessible != Usable Tyler Waite, Microsoft
5/14/08 No Seminar
5/21/08 User scenarios and desired improvements to Accessibility User Experience, with focus on accessibility of Windows Operating System. Reading The impact of user research on product design: A case study on the accessibility ecosystem for Windows Vista by Perkins, Annuska and Cohene, T. Annuska Perkins, Microsoft
5/28/08 Discussion of New Course on Accessibility Richard Ladner
6/4/08 Developing Accessible Web Applications. Resources: WCAG 1.0: WCAG 1.0, WCAG 2.0 Candidate Recommendation, WAI-ARIA standard, White paper on this topic Cynthia Shelly, Microsoft

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