The conference explored the frontiers of inclusive design in the real world. It examined some of the challenges in both implementing guidelines and meeting legal responsibilities.
The conference addressed the following questions: What design trade-offs are most commonly made and why?; What are the practical issues and how can these be tackled?; and How can theory and practice be brought closer together?
The first Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference, took place in Dundee, Scotland, on 23-25 August 2005, explored the frontiers of implementing inclusive design and using technology for all users, regardless of any physical or environmental disability they may have.
It focused on examining the challenges in implementing guidelines promoting design of technology that can be accessed and used by disabled and elderly people, while at the same time meeting legislative obligations to avoid unjustified discrimination against certain groups of society, and how best these challenges can be met, whether through improving existing systems or adoption of novel approaches.
Drawn from academia, industry and the public sector, conference papers ranged from discussion of methods for the design, development and implementation of information and communication technology to improving accessibility for people with specific access needs, to critiquing barriers facing uptake of technology such as the internet and digital television amongst disabled and elderly people, to more theoretical considerations of how technology can and should be designed to reduce exclusion and reach its full potential for the widest possible audience.