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A Framework to Support Development of Learning Applications for Disabled Children

  • José L. Fuertes
  • Ángel L. González
  • Gonzalo Mariscal
  • Carlos Ruiz
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6179)

Abstract

Multimedia resources are an important tool that can be used by teachers in the classroom as a learning aid for learners with disabilities or by parents and children at home. However, disabled children are not always able to use existing assistive technologies because they are not experienced enough, suffer from medium/profound disability, or simply do not have the financial resources to buy commercial tools. Additionally, today’s adapted tools are not always valid for a broad spectrum of disabled users and often focus on a user group. We claim that potential applications and resources for people with special needs must self-adapt to user capabilities and skills, reducing the use of external assistive technologies. In this paper, we present a guide for developers to create accessible applications and resources that reduce workload.

Keywords

Accessibility human-computer interaction education assistive technology children special educational needs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • José L. Fuertes
    • 1
  • Ángel L. González
    • 1
  • Gonzalo Mariscal
    • 2
  • Carlos Ruiz
    • 2
  1. 1.Facultad de InformáticaUniversidad Politécnica de MadridBoadilla del Monte, MadridSpain
  2. 2.GI-CETTICO, Universidad Politécnica de MadridBoadilla del Monte, MadridSpain

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