Accessibility for People with Cerebral Palsy: The Use of Blogs as an Agent of Social Inclusion

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Autores: Ariane Oliveira Ferreira, Simone Bacellar Leal Ferreira, Denis Silveira e Aurélio Fernando Ferreira

Publicado em: IHC+CLIHC'2011 (X Simpósio de Fatores Humanos em Sistemas Computacionais, IHC e Latin American Conference on Human-Computer Interaction) – Porto de Galinhas

Ano: 2011

Cerebral palsy is a brain injury, which depending on the affected site, may be responsible for affecting a person's movements. In extreme cases, the consequences brought about by physical disability may influence the social exclusion of the individual. The situation may be aggravated by problems with speech and vision. In addition, low purchasing power, which is commonplace, can hinder the citizen’s adaptation to the routines of everyday life and keep him/her from accessing software and hardware. These resources, if well designed, tend to contribute to the social inclusion of computer users, and in particular using the web as a communication tool. Among the systems found on the web, blogging, due to its interactive features, was selected as a research subject. For these reasons, this paper addresses the identification and analysis of problems of accessibility and usability in web access to public blogs by users with cerebral palsy, proposing a list of recommendations for developers of blog publishing systems. It is noteworthy that the article is a contribution in the computing challenges of the Twenty-First century proposed by the Brazilian Computer Society as the fourth challenge, universal and interactive access of the Brazilian citizen to sources of knowledge.

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