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Web searching by individuals with cognitive disabilities

Web searching by individuals with cognitive disabilities SIGACCESS Newsletter Issue 111 January 2015 WEB SEARCHING BY INDIVIDUALS WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITIES Redhwan Nour Department of Computer Science University of Colorado Boulder, CO 80309, USA redhwan.nour@colorado.edu Abstract The ability to search for information on the web can provide tremendous support to people with cognitive disabilities, but there are few research studies with this focus. An exploratory study was conducted to explore how individuals with cognitive disabilities use three searching methods (typing, voice searching with manual microphone control, and hands-free voice searching). The results support a flexible design approach, as the preferences of the participants for the conditions varied. Some preferred typing, since they experienced some voice recognition issues with the microphone, while others chose hands-free voice searching to overcome spelling difficulties. Future work will aim to relate search behaviour of users with cognitive disabilities to their functional capabilities, and to evaluate Google's Search Education lessons to improve searching skills for people with cognitive disabilities. Introduction According to a recent World Health Organization estimate (2011), there are around 630 million individuals worldwide and 28 million persons living in the United States with cognitive disabilities [2]. There are many different conditions that associated with cognitive disabilities. These include but http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing Association for Computing Machinery

Web searching by individuals with cognitive disabilities

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Association for Computing Machinery
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Copyright © 2015 by ACM Inc.
ISSN
1558-2337
DOI
10.1145/2809904.2809909
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SIGACCESS Newsletter Issue 111 January 2015 WEB SEARCHING BY INDIVIDUALS WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITIES Redhwan Nour Department of Computer Science University of Colorado Boulder, CO 80309, USA redhwan.nour@colorado.edu Abstract The ability to search for information on the web can provide tremendous support to people with cognitive disabilities, but there are few research studies with this focus. An exploratory study was conducted to explore how individuals with cognitive disabilities use three searching methods (typing, voice searching with manual microphone control, and hands-free voice searching). The results support a flexible design approach, as the preferences of the participants for the conditions varied. Some preferred typing, since they experienced some voice recognition issues with the microphone, while others chose hands-free voice searching to overcome spelling difficulties. Future work will aim to relate search behaviour of users with cognitive disabilities to their functional capabilities, and to evaluate Google's Search Education lessons to improve searching skills for people with cognitive disabilities. Introduction According to a recent World Health Organization estimate (2011), there are around 630 million individuals worldwide and 28 million persons living in the United States with cognitive disabilities [2]. There are many different conditions that associated with cognitive disabilities. These include but

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ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and ComputingAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Jan 29, 2015

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