Modeling Individuals with Learning Disabilities to Personalize a Pictogram-Based Instant Messaging Service

  • Pere Tuset-Peiró
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6787)


Individuals with learning disabilities are excluded from the information and knowledge society because information present in such media, as well as software that enables access to it, does not meet their communication and accessibility requirements. To improve this situation, we have developed and evaluated an Instant Messaging (IM) service and client based on a pictographic communication system, and with a user interface designed taking into account their accessibility requirements. But the evaluation with individuals with learning disabilities has pointed out the need to take into account the great communications and computer skills diversity, even in groups with similar disability levels. Therefore, in this paper we present our plans to model the communication and accessibility requirements of individuals with learning disabilities in order to develop a mechanism to automatically personalize the IM client user interface and adapt it to their needs.


Learning disabilities Pictographic Communication System Instant Messaging services User modeling Interface personalization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pere Tuset-Peiró
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  1. 1.Secció de Projectes de Transferència, TecnoCampus Mataró-MaresmeMataróSpain

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