Accessible Computing

Human Centred Computing is a core component of the degree programmes within Computing@Dundee. A distinctive aspect of this teaching has been to instil the concept of designing for diversity throughout the curriculum. Access to both disabled and older people provides a unique opportunity for students to engage with hard-to-reach potential users of technology. A unique user centre within the Queen Mother Building provides an invaluable resource for researchers and industry. Older adults and adults with severe physical and speech impairments volunteer their expertise in using technology to support the development, evaluation and use of accessible computing.

We offer interested parties the opportunity to tap directly into the research, knowledge and expertise that we have built up over many years of academic research and working with real people to understand how technology can best be designed to help improve their everyday lives. In particular, we offer unique access to users with complex physical and communication impairments.

If you'd like to find out more about our research in accessibility and inclusive design, if you would like to talk about partnership and or research opportunities, or even if you would just like to know a little more about what we do, then please contact Prof Annalu Waller.

A brief history ...

Up to 1st September 2013, our consultancy services were conducted through the Digital Media Access Group (DMAG), a digital accessibility and inclusive design consultancy service. DMAG was established in 1999 by a group of researchers from the School of Computing as a spin-off from DISinHE, a project which was funded to advise the UK Higher Education community on issues relating to disability, technology and learning. DISinHE evolved into what is now the JISC Techdis Service. Since then, the group has helped clients from industry, education, healthcare, and government (both local and national).

DMAG started out by providing a web site accessibility auditing service and, while the Web remained has remained its core focus throughout the past fourteen years, over the years the group diversified to work with software applications, smartphone apps, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), public kiosks, and interactive digital television.

As researchers by trade, DMAG staff were active on a number of short - and long - term projects in accessibility research, regularly publishing papers, and attending conferences and other events to talk about accessibility in general. DMAG has been a key player in promoting good practice within industry, and much of the web accessibility work undertaken by DMAG is now offered by commercial companies or by in-house staff. We are proud our impact on driving the accessibility agenda forward and believe that DMAG achieved its original aims - a job well done!

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