A New Online Accessibility Study at UMD’s Inclusive Design Lab

  • September 8, 2015

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A user completing the pinching task from the study.

Last week we learned of a fascinating new study at the Inclusive Design Lab at the University of Maryland that is currently collecting data on how people of varying abilities accomplish motor tasks using computers. Researchers are hopeful that the data collected from this study can used when implementing accessibility features in future technology applications. The Life Labs team is excited to offer our support of these goals and the efforts of the Inclusive Design Lab with the help of our affiliate network.

The study is being led by Leah Findlater, whose work focuses on personalized adaptation, wants to lower the barriers when it comes to being able to access technology. “[Personalized adaptation] is a powerful tool to reduce information complexity and facilitate accessibility for a range of abilities and educational levels,” says Findlater.

The study is open to all participants 18 years of age and older, but Findlater and her group of researchers are especially interested in participants with upper body motor impairments and those who are age 55 and older. The study includes 4 to 6 basic computer tasks (such as clicking and dragging), as well as background and feedback questionnaires. Participation in the study does require access to a computer or an iPad and can be completed from your home. The study lasts anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes, with the chance of winning a $100 Amazon giftcard.

To participate or for more information, please visit the study website: http://go.umd.edu/AccessStudy

Find out more information about Leah and her work with Inclusive Design Lab, follow her on Twitter @LeahFindlater.

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