ACM SIGACCESS supports the international community of researchers and professionals applying computing and information technologies to empower individuals with disabilities and older adults. The SIG also promotes the professional interests of students and computing personnel with disabilities and strives to educate the public to support careers for people with disabilities. Our diverse membership is interested in the design, development, evaluation, and scientific investigations of technologies to support individuals with disabilities. This includes:
- Clinicians and teachers charged with assessing disabilities;
- Rehabilitation personnel who administer assistive technologies;
- Policy makers concerned with equitable access to information technologies for people with disabilities.
The SIG membership (from both academia and industry) focuses on the application of technologies to serve the needs of persons with, but not limited to:
- Vision, motor, hearing, and speech impairments;
- Cognitive limitations, including learning disabilities;
- Issues of ageing.
Topics on advanced technologies, assistive technologies, and design form the core of the research topics.
The SIG also strives to educate the public to support careers for disabled persons, and actively supports ACM’s commitment to accessibility.