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User Centered Design and User Participation in Inclusive R&D

Introduction to the Special Thematic Session

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This session reflects R&D on User Centered Design and Development and User Participation (in short UCD in the following) for/with people with disabilities. Better guidelines, methods, techniques and tools are needed to improve the quality of R&D and practice both in the domain of Assistive Technology (AT), eAccessibility and eInclusion itself but also for improving the quality of mainstream R&D through UCD and participation of people with disabilities. We analyze the state of the art, identify gaps and problems as well as discuss examples and new approaches presented in 5 papers. The introduction integrates the topic into the broader context of UCD in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) playing a major role for AT, eAccessibility and digital inclusion. We underline the need for ongoing and more intense R&D on UCD to improve quality and usability. By promoting this session in the ICCHP conference series we aim at establishing a comprehensive point of access to scientific work in this domain.


  • User Centered Design
  • Participative research
  • People with disabilities
  • Accessibility
  • Assistive Technology

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This session and this introduction has been facilitated in the frame of the Easy Reading project, which received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 780529.

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Miesenberger, K., Edler, C., Dirks, S., Bühler, C., Heumader, P. (2020). User Centered Design and User Participation in Inclusive R&D. In: Miesenberger, K., Manduchi, R., Covarrubias Rodriguez, M., Peňáz, P. (eds) Computers Helping People with Special Needs. ICCHP 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 12376. Springer, Cham.

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