Interaction Design (For Accessibility) OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Bachelor Level Computer Design Class on Accessibility

Published Feb 15, 2009

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'Accessibility in Interaction Design' is a free undergraduate OpenCourseWare offered by The Open University that surveys human impairments and physical disabilities and how these limitations affect a person's use of interactive devices. In particular, the course examines various types of assistance technologies and how these can help disabled individuals to better interact with computers to improve their lives. This course will be of interest to disabled persons, technology innovators, adaptive specialists and undergraduate students in a variety of disciplines.

Accessibility in Interaction Design : Course Specifics

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Accessibility in Interaction Design: Course Description

'Accessibility in Interaction Design' is a free OpenCourseWare from The Open University that provides and introduction to a variety of disabilities and provides an in-depth analysis of adaptive technologies that can help disabled persons better utilize computer technology. The course distinguishes between a disability and an impairment and describes a number of conditions that cover both situations. In addition to visual and hearing impairments, the course examines physical and cognitive impairments including dyslexia. The course features an analysis of software that creates an animated sign language interpreter on a computer screen to assist the user. A demonstration of the software is available on the course website.

There are software downloads for this course as well as online unit notes and other resources. If you're interested in taking this course, visit the accessibility in interaction design course page.