Easy-to-Use Social Network Service

  • Niina Sillanpää
  • Sami Älli
  • Timo Övermark
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6179)


Social media have become important tools for social networking. However, most services are too complicated for people with learning disabilities or cognitive impairments. The problems are mostly related to understanding the different concepts of the environment and related special terminology, but accessibility and usability problems common to all internet services also apply. To tackle these problems, a project was started, aiming to create an easy-to-use social network service for the above mentioned target group by applying user-centered design methods. This paper explains the rationale for starting the project and also describes the some of the implementation methods used.


social media social network services accessibility cognitive disabilities facebook 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Niina Sillanpää
    • 1
  • Sami Älli
    • 1
  • Timo Övermark
    • 1
  1. 1.Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FAIDD), Papunet Web Service UnitFinland

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