New user simulation ICT accessibility development tool for apps

  • Author: Michaela Slade
  • Date: 30 Jun 2016

Researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have developed a new tool in order to simulate user accessibility when designing accessible ICT-based applications for users with cognitive impairment.

How the developed simulation works

This new development was led by María Fernanda Cabrera-Umpiérrez and the researchers of the project developed virtual models of users with disabilities that can be used to simulate and trial user interaction with the apps. This will allow researchers to develop more accessible ICT apps with different cognitive disabilities in mind.

The simulation’s significance

Despite the fact that ICT and technological advances are in constant evolution, there is a growing need for improvement for designers and developers to have structured tools, guidance, and support to effectively make their products and services inclusive for all, despite disability. And this new tool will allow new developments for ICT applications to become more efficient and accessible.

Dr Scott Hollier, Director of Digital Accessibility at Media Access Australia, explains. “In our recently released Cognitive Guide, we highlighted the importance of ensuring that ICT is effectively prepared for people with cognitive disabilities,” he said. “And it’s very encouraging to see research and the development of tools such as these that continue to make it easier for developers to support this growing need.”

The developed models are a useful tool to assess the actual accessibility and usability of applications throughout all stages of development before launch, to guarantee the maximum level of accessibility.  Read more about the simulation from the official announcement.

Download MAA’s Cognitive Disability Digital Accessibility Guide

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