A Social Approach to Accessible Social Networking Using the CAT Model

  • Jennifer George
  • Gilbert Cockton
  • Thomas Greenough
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6179)


The social model of disability looks beyond medical and technical solution moving towards social approach. This paper applies the label and table attributes of the CAT models to understand the social setting of the child with the disability together with the care circle. It goes on to understand their social needs and identifies accessibility challenges in communication between members of the care circle. Evaluation is carried out in both a computer and Internet based environment and a traditional communication environment. Finally brief guidelines are drawn upon which an accessible social network based design solution could be built for the reduction of disability of children with motor impairment.


Social model CAT Model Accessibility Social Networking Social Inclusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer George
    • 1
  • Gilbert Cockton
    • 2
  • Thomas Greenough
    • 2
  1. 1.SAE InstituteLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of DesignNorthumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom

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