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Designing With Visually Impaired People: NetSquared Cambridge

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People with little or no sight, like most other people with varied abilities, are typically treated as passive recipients of assistive technologies. This month we present an inspiring story from Nikiforos, Warren and Jerry, who have used the process of participatory design to let visually impaired people to take the driving seat and design their own technologies.

Nikiforos will talk about how he got together with Warren Wilson and Jerry Gilbert from Cam Sight to organise and run a hands-on prototyping Bootcamp aimed to inspire visually impaired young people to become active imaginers of how technology can shape their experience of the world.

Both Jerry and Warren will also be there to share their experiences of working with Nikiforos and of living incredible lives with visual impairments.

Come to this event if you want to challenge your assumptions about what people with little or no sight can and cannot do and human ability in general!
About our speakers:
Nikiforos Karamanis enjoys spending time with visually impaired people and learning from them. He volunteers for the RNIB and Cam Sight and is a champion of participatory design for people with little or no sight. Nikiforos recently joined the User Experience team at the European Bioinformatics Institute. Before that he worked as an independent consultant and as the UX Lead of SwiftKey. He has a background in Language Engineering and did research at Cambridge University and Trinity College Dublin on user-centered design and evaluation of novel technologies in a variety of settings.

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Designing With Visually Impaired People: NetSquared Cambridge

  1. 1. Designing with visually impaired people Nikiforos Karamanis technorasisblog@gmail.com @technorasis technorasis.wordpress.com
  2. 2. Outline • Insights from interac:ons non-­‐sighted people • Am I disabled? • Design with visually impaired people: • Using all senses • Cam Sight and MicrosoG Research Bootcamp
  3. 3. How do people react to visual impairment? rnib.org.uk camsight.org.uk
  4. 4. Would you buy it?
  5. 5. “Many par:cipants expressed the importance of being seen with mainstream devices in order to demonstrate how they were capable of doing just as much as anyone else.” Shinohara, Kristen and Jacob O. Wobbrock (2011). "In the shadow of mispercep:on: assis:ve technology use and social interac:ons." Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Compu9ng Systems (CHI 2011), 705-­‐714.
  6. 6. How many people am I designing for?
  7. 7. How many people am I designing for? h[p://theinterpretersfriend.org
  8. 8. Outline • Insights from observa:ons • Am I disabled? • Design with visually impaired people: • Using all senses • Cam Sight and MicrosoG Research Bootcamp
  9. 9. What am I doing?
  10. 10. What am I doing?
  11. 11. Am I disabled? Disability does not lie in the person but in the environment.
  12. 12. Outline • Insights from observa:ons • Am I disabled? • Design with visually impaired people: • Using all senses • Cam Sight and MicrosoG Research Bootcamp
  13. 13. The Cambridge Dons
  14. 14. Why a website? • Host less transient content • Organise the content be[er • Be in control of structure • Increase visibility of club and sport • Help with funding
  15. 15. Accessibility as core value “ A web for everyone will become a reality when accessibility is a core value and is considered just part of making things.”
  16. 16. Adjustments?
  17. 17. Cam Sight and MicrosoD Research Bootcamp A design workshop for young visually impaired people: • Empower • Fun
  18. 18. camsight.org.uk
  19. 19. It’s great to see BC taking shape. I look fwd to our next mee9ng on Jul 4. CM will join us too. It’s great to see the Bootcamp taking shape. I look forward to our next mee9ng on July 4th. Cecily will join us too.
  20. 20. Feel a computer
  21. 21. Beyond the screen
  22. 22. hello... I just plain cannot read the book due to the color of the text. I must use a magnifying glass which is quite cumbersome. Has anyone found a free downlaod (since I've already paid for the book within the kit). Old people need love (and darker text) too! :-­‐) Thanks!
  23. 23. “Most human error is caused by poor design.”
  24. 24. Out of box accessibility • How easy is it to address each of these issues? • Would this benefit visually impaired people only?
  25. 25. Misled by my eyes
  26. 26. Am I disabled?
  27. 27. Designing with young people
  28. 28. Empower
  29. 29. Fun
  30. 30. Feedback from children “I enjoyed making things!” “When will the next workshop be?” “Can I work for MicrosoG?”
  31. 31. Feedback from parents “Just wanted to thank you and your team for such a lovely day at MicrosoG. My son really enjoyed himself so much, that evening he was telling me of all the ac:vi:es he did with so much excitement in him. I think Cam Sight is a great thing and I am so so pleased that you all do so much to involve and make everyone feel so welcome. I wish there was more groups out there like Cam Sight.”
  32. 32. Feedback from parents “Just wanted to say thank you from all of us for a really interes:ng day. My daughter carried on refining her design all the way home and when we got here too. Her brother and their friend just kept saying they'd had a great day, which really means they had a fantas:c day in teenage boy speak! It's lovely for me to chat to Kim and Dee about all-­‐things VI. Kim is a real source of info! Please would you pass on our thanks to the MicrosoG team too.”
  33. 33. Many thanks to MicrosoG Research Cambridge: • Dr Cecily Morrison, Human-­‐Computer Interac:on Researcher Cam Sight: • Paula Bird, Cam Sight Senior Rehabilita:on Specialist • Jerry Gilbert, Cam Sight Technology Manager • Warren Wilson, Cam Sight Fundraising Ambassador Everyone else who contributed to my endeavours!
  34. 34. Ques:ons?

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