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Global inclusive design for all, beyond accessible

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Presentation from ATIA 2013 on key issues in designing Assistive Technologies that were responsive to language and culture Co authored with EA Draffan

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Global inclusive design for all, beyond accessible

  1. 1. Global Inclusive Design for All, Beyond Accessible Design – ATBar David Banes and E.A Draffan
  2. 2. Global Inclusive Design for All?
  3. 3. Beyond Accessible Design http://www.ginacarson.com/gc/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/UD-Testing-Cartoon.jpg
  4. 4. The Journey http://www-edc.eng.cam.ac.uk/betterdesign/process/
  5. 5. The Need • Qatar – Mada Center for Assistive Technologies - 83% Arabic speakers - 7,643 disabled (2010) • Wider community Qatar (wikipedia) 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 Chinese English Hindi Spanish Arabic million speakers
  6. 6. Discover 22 81 4 8 8 19 4 78 6 14 32 10 18 70 32 5 2 4 5 6 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Overall Visually Disabled Hearing Disabled Physically Disabled Learning Disabled Unaided Awareness in Qatar : Assistive Equipments/Aids Visual Aid Hearing Aid Aid for physical disability Aid for Learning disability Those with learning difficulties appeared to be those who were most unaware of how AT could help. Base: 211 52 49 87 119 % figures
  7. 7. Discover 100 99 96 86 86 79 74 48 39 30 6 75 89 59 64 43 57 49 26 27 23 4 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Mobile phone Television Fixed line phone Internet (on Laptop/ Computer) Radio Laptop Desktop Computer Internet (on Mobile phone) Digital music player / iPod Tablet PC (iPad/Galaxy Tab) Ebook reader Use of ICT products in the household in Qatar Ever Used by disabled person Present in household Base: 211 % figures
  8. 8. Ecosystem – addressing needs Base: 211 % figures Assessment Training Support Provision Policy Accessible content Awareness Partnership Research Networks
  9. 9. Translate Starting on the path to more complex assistive technology and to provide ideas for innovation
  10. 10. Requirements • Free Arabic voice for text to speech and screen reading • Spell checking and word prediction corpus expansion • Accessible Arabic digital content needs to be increased in amount available and quality. • Optical Character Recognition work to be done • Speech Recognition improvements • AAC symbol systems to fit the culture and the language • Community Support for translation • Dissemination of information and resources that come out of research
  11. 11. Create http://thamesvalley.edublogs.org/files/2012/09/student-ideas-photo-1srziz7-1olfmyh.jpg MADA has built many links with companies and organisations such as universities – students have ideas
  12. 12. Concepts Culture Demographics Environment Ability/Skills Language Activity
  13. 13. Develop • Open Source – Free but must be licensed appropriately • Main developer and small contributions from others • Make it possible to add small amounts of code to help a project e.g. ATbar plugins • Need to have agreement about the code that will be accepted • Open, online communication
  14. 14. ATbar www.atbar.org
  15. 15. Desktop ATbar for Windows • Text to Speech and Screen Reading • Coloured Overlay and Ruler • Onscreen Keyboard • Magnification Available from https://ar.atbar.org/desktop-atbar/
  16. 16. Access Tools pendrive Portable Apps distributed on USB flash drives • On-Screen Keyboard Portable • DSpeech Text-to-Speach • NVDA Screenreader • PowerTalk PowerPoint speech • VirtualMagnifyingGlass • WebbIE USB Version Available from https://access.ecs.soton.ac.uk/projects/access- tools/download
  17. 17. Documentation www.arbar.org
  18. 18. Distribute Mada Education Qatar Foundation NGO’s Ministries Gulf AT Network
  19. 19. Solutions • Collaborative working • Good code - it is open source! • Problems shared – bug tracking, issues raised, comments made, new ideas. • Social media – wikis for documentation, tweets and blogs for news • Multiple means of representation, expression and engagement to accommodate individual differences.
  20. 20. Finally • Good publicity • Maintenance funding and support from the community • Future developments
  21. 21. Thank You David Banes Mada Center http://mada.org.qa/en/ ECS Accessibility Team http://access.ecs.soton.ac.uk

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