10th ACM Conference on Computers and Accessibility

The ASSETS series of conferences is aimed at providing a technical forum for presenting and disseminating innovative research results that address the use of computing and information technologies to help persons with disabilities. We are pleased to announce that Halifax, Canada will be hosting the tenth ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility between 13th - 15th October 2008.

Computer and Information Technologies have redesigned the way modern society operates. In particular, they have identified new avenues to assist individuals with special needs and provided tools and resources to alleviate the traditional barriers encountered by persons with disabilities. For example, speech generation systems have assisted persons with visual disabilities, voice recognition has helped people with motor impairments, multi-modal presentations have been shown to be effective in helping people with learning disabilities understand information.

The ASSETS meetings are developed with the specific focus of facilitating sharing of information, exchange of ideas, through formal paper sessions, demonstrations, posters, and informal/social events. To this purpose, ASSETS is a single track conference to encourage group participation and interactions.

Technical Papers
This years technical paper submissions allow the author to respond to the reviewers comments before a final decision on acceptance is made. This gives the opportunity for authors to clarify key points in their work that may have been misinterpreted by the reviewers. The reviewers can then explain their comments should a rebuttal have been made

High quality, original submissions on topics relevant to computers and accessibility are invited. This includes the use of technology by and in support of:

-Individuals with hearing, sight and other sensory impairments
-Individuals with motor impairments
-Individuals with memory, learning and cognitive impairments
-Individuals with multiple impairments
-Older adults

Submissions should present novel ideas, designs, techniques, systems, tools, evaluations, scientific investigations, methodologies, social issues or policy issues relating to:

-Assistive technologies that improve day-to-day life
-Assistive technologies that improve access to mainstream Computer and Information Technologies
-Innovative use of mainstream technologies to overcome access barriers
-Accessibility and usability of mainstream technologies
-Identification of barriers to technology access that are not addressed by existing research

Where relevant, work that includes empirical data from the target user group is strongly preferred.

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