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Cognitive and learning difficulties and how they affect access to IT systems

Cognitive and learning difficulties and how they affect access to IT systems,10.1007/s10209-006-0058-4,Universal Access in The Information Society,Sim

Cognitive and learning difficulties and how they affect access to IT systems   (Citations: 4)
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Simeon Keates, Ray Adams, Cathy Bodine, Sara J. Czaja, Wayne Gordon, Peter Gregor, Emily Hacker, Vicki L. Hanson, John Kemp, Mark Laff, Clayton Lewis, Michael Pieperhttp://academic.research.microsoft.com/io.ashx?type=5&id=4418042&selfId1=0&selfId2=0&maxNumber=12&query=
In October 2005, the IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center and T.J. Watson Research Center hosted a symposium on “cognitive and learning difficulties and how they affect access to IT systems”. The central premise of the symposium was the recognition that cognitive and learning difficulties have a profound impact on a person’s ability to interact with information technology (IT) systems, but that little support is currently being offered by those systems. By bringing together internationally renowned experts from a variety of different, but complementary, research fields, the symposium aimed to provide a complete overview of the issues related to this topic. This paper summarises the discussions and findings of the symposium.
Journal: Universal Access in The Information Society - UAIS , vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 329-339, 2007
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    • ...Cognitive impairments affect “thinking power” and IQ, usually lowering it. By contrast, learning disabilities are impairments which affect a person’s ability to acquire, process, or utilize knowledge at a level appropriate to his/her IQ [2]...
    • ...In a survey conducted between 1999 and 2004, 5.2% of Americans reported having a mental disability [2]...
    • ...However, for people with CLDs, if help options are not clearly labeled or are difficult to find, the user may not know that such an option exists [2]...
    • ...Even if these users are able to locate help functions, instructions are usually in a format that only users with knowledge of the system can understand [2]...
    • ...Bare-hand HCI, in which the user controls the computer not with wires or devices, but rather with the position of his or her hand or finger [10], offers many advantages for people with disabilities, for example, for those who have difficulty using a mouse device [2])...
    • ...Many people with CLDs have difficulties with memory and information organization [2]...
    • ...It also reduces memory strain [1, 2]. All icons are large, and separated from each other so that the user can clearly distinguish between them...
    • ...This helps to prevent any unnecessary stress on the user [1, 2]. Each page outside the home page has a “Back to home page” button in case the user accidentally navigates away from the home page (Rec...

    Grant D. Fryiaet al. Web accessibility in the development of an e-Learning system for indiv...

    • ...However, in this case, the user must learn and possibly memorize many steps, which may pose serious problems for some people with CLDs [2, 5, 7]. By using a broad interface, the user does not need to navigate through different layers to locate the desired application, but difficulties may still occur because fewer layers can result in a cluttered appearance that has been shown to cause distractions [7]...
    • ...However, in this case, the user must learn and possibly memorize many steps, which may pose serious problems for some people with CLDs [2, 5, 7]. By using a broad interface, the user does not need to navigate through different layers to locate the desired application, but difficulties may still occur because fewer layers can result in a cluttered appearance that has been shown to cause distractions [7]...
    • ...The e-Learning system discussed in this paper employs such a broad interface [5, 7, 8]...
    • ...By taking into account the results of this survey, and by incorporating previous HCI research in designing computer systems for people with CLDs [2, 4-8], an original prototype of an e-Learning system was developed and implemented with Adobe Flash (Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, CA)...
    • ...Simplicity is especially important for individuals with CLDs [7]...
    • ...As a web-based online system, it was developed following guidelines for web accessibility found in the literature, and also incorporates experiences in the field of special education [2, 7]...
    • ...The advantages to reducing interface complexity are well documented in the HCI and assistive teclmology literature [2, 5-8]...

    Grant D. Fryiaet al. Human-computer interface design in an e-Learning system for individual...

    • ...We have taken into consideration the cognitive/natural characteristics and their implications for interface design [4, 6, 9, 13] and we have emphasized the empowerment of the user...

    Eleni Romoudiet al. Designing GUI for the user configuration of pervasive awareness applic...

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