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Designing for users

with Disabilities
Designing for users with Disabilities

• 10% of population of every country has disability that

will affect interaction with computers.
• Legislation demands regarding workplaces

Visual impairments
Visual impairments
• The most researched area
• Reduces the use of a GUI
• Alternatives:
– Use of sound
– Use of touch

• Sound Track – Word Processor

Hearing impairments
Hearing Impairments
• Has less impact on User Interface
• Multimedia Applications with sounds
• Information tend to get
 lost
• Gesture Recognition
Speech impairments
Speech Impairments
• Alternatives:
– Synthetic Speech
– Text Based Communications
• Textual Communication is slow
• Predictive Algorithms to reduce the amount of
• Use of Smilie
– Eg: , 

Designing for different age
Older People
• Having problem with their vision
• Like to operate simple system
• They need more support than other users
– Voice
– Video
• Different thinking…
• They think differently so we have to involve
them in design
• They mostly like art works
– Present system using text, graphics and sounds.
• Then need to do things quickly
• They may have difficulties to use key boards
and other input devices.

What can you see?
Cultural Diversity
Human Computer Interaction

What is Cultural Diversity ?
• Cultural diversity is the variety of
human societies or cultures in a specific region, or
in the world as a whole

How Cultural diversity affects Humans
• A research was done by the physiologist Geert Hofstede

culture affects almost all of the mental programs of individuals

like at attitudes ,personality and satisfaction ,perception

Universal Problem
• With the cultural diversity make a universal
problem in HCI

• Example – Colors , Symbols
Designing for Universal
• Designing software for universal by using