CSE490D: Introduction to Accessible Technology and Participatory Design
This course should really be titled:
The Goals and Complexities of Designing All-inclusive, Cutting-edge, Technology Solutions.
In this course, we consider the complex relationship between technology and people through the lens of designers and engineers. The course primarily addresses the global issue of equal access to public spaces and to information and communications technology (ICT) by persons with disabilities. We examine the ways in which technology can be both assistive and a potential barrier for diverse populations, regardless of ability or heterogeneous needs, and in that context we will review a host of devices and solutions created to improve quality of life, function and independence for people with disabilities. Additionally, we will explore the role of technology designers and engineers in designing for equity in a technology-laden society, and therein explore the fundamental connection between critical social theory and participatory design. Students are asked to participate in class discussions about the readings, complete short assignments and present their ideas for technology innovations that embody all-inclusive design. This course will prepare students to pursue lead roles in participatory design teams.
Instructors: Anat Caspi & Heather Feldner
TA: Lauren Milne
Course Meeting Room: EEB003
Course Meeting Time: Wed 2:30-4:00
Office hours: by appointment
Reach us: caspian (at) cs (dot) washington (dot) edu /or/ milnel2 (at) cs (dot) washington (dot) edu
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