Designing Accessible Technology

  • John Clarkson
  • Patrick Langdon
  • Peter Robinson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Design Issues for a More Inclusive World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. D. E. Hughes, G. Cockerham, J. S. Paul
      Pages 21-30
    3. J. Goodman, H. Dong, P. M. Langdon, P. J. Clarkson
      Pages 31-39
    4. J. Goodman, P. M. Langdon, P. J. Clarkson
      Pages 41-51
    5. D. J. Reed, A. Monk
      Pages 53-63
    6. P. M. Chamberlain, S. J. Bowen
      Pages 65-74
  3. Enabling Computer Access and the Development of New Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. R. Bates, M. Donegan, H. O. Istance, J. P. Hansen, K. -J. Räihä
      Pages 77-84
    3. H. Boyle, C. Nicolle, M. Maguire, V. Mitchell
      Pages 85-92
    4. A. S. Macdonald, D. Loudon, P. J. Rowe, D. Samuel, V. Hood, A. C. Nicol et al.
      Pages 93-99
  4. Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Robotics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. F. Liefhebber, B. J. F. Driessen, A. H. C. Thean
      Pages 117-126
    3. R. E. Mayagoitia, S. Kitchen, J. Harding, R. King, A. Turner-Smith
      Pages 127-134
    4. G. A. Mountain, P. M. Ware, J. Hammerton, S. J. Mawson, H. Zheng, R. Davies et al.
      Pages 135-144
    5. A. J. Sporka, S. H. Kurniawan, P. Slavík
      Pages 145-154
    6. W. A. Simm, P. E. Roberts, M. J. Joyce
      Pages 155-164
  5. Understanding Users and Involving Them in the Design Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. U. Persad, P. M. Langdon, P. J. Clarkson
      Pages 177-188
    3. T. Lewis, P. M. Langdon, P. J. Clarkson
      Pages 189-198
    4. G. Dewsbury, I. Sommerville, P. Bagnall, M. Rouncefield, V. Onditi
      Pages 199-208
    5. N. Savitch, P. Zaphiris, M. Smith, R. Litherland, N. Aggarwal, E. Potier
      Pages 237-247
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 249-250

About these proceedings


Rapid and unprecedented population ageing poses a serious social and economic challenge across the developed world. Shifts in dependency ratios point to escalating welfare and pensions costs which require radical and imaginative responses from Government and industry. The key to this is maintaining a healthy population that is able and willing to work longer before retirement and can remain independent for as long as possible afterwards as well as bringing disabled people into mainstream life and employment.

This book was stimulated by the third CWUAAT workshop, held in Cambridge, England in April 2006; the contributors representing leading researchers in the fields of Inclusive Design, Rehabilitation Robotics, Universal Access and Assistive Technology.

Contributions focus on the following topics:

  • design issues for a more inclusive world;
  • enabling computer access and the development of new technologies;
  • assistive technology and rehabilitation robotics; and,
  • understanding users and involving them in design.

The CWUAAT workshops have a general focus on product and solution development. As a result, many of the requirements for the successful design of assistive and accessible technology have been addressed and these range from the identification and capture of the needs of the users, through to the development and evaluation of truly usable and accessible systems for users with special needs.


Assistive Technology Human-computer Interaction Rehabilitation Engineering Universal Access design process human-computer interaction (HCI) inclusive design interactive system rehabilitation robot robotics software

Editors and affiliations

  • John Clarkson
    • 1
  • Patrick Langdon
    • 1
  • Peter Robinson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EngineeringUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Computer LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84628-364-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84628-365-9
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