The unforeseen effects of changing your website on people with disabilities

A session at HCID Open Day 2012

Tuesday 4th December, 2012

3:50pm to 4:20pm (GMT)

Makayla Lewis (2010) [1] study looked at the experiences and challenges faced when people with cerebral palsy use onlinesocial networks (OSN) and identified that abrupt and changing website layouts prevent and or slow down their ability to communicate online. Based on these findings a longitudinal web 2.0 monitoring and analysis study investigating OSN change approaches, their affect on users and the factors that encourage change acceptance was carried out. The longitudinal study was divided into four studies: three studies representing real-world examples of OSN change that observed the actions of change agents and its affect on OSN users, and a survey study that asked OSN users their change expectations. The studies were used to develop a 5-stage process for OSN change for change agents to follow. Similarly to Makayla Lewis (2012) [2] presentation, she will summarise the four studies specifically the unforeseen effects of changing your website on people with disabilities and introduce the 5-stage process for OSN change.
[1] “Cerebral palsy and online social networks”. ASSETS'10 - http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?i...
[2] “aOSN-cp model to assist social media change". CSUN'12 - http://www.csun.edu/cod/conferen...

Bio: Makayla Lewis is completing her PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at City University London Centre for HCI Design. She is funded by EPRSC to research online social network experiences and challenges with speciality of change management from a perspective of end users with motor impairments esp. cerebral palsy. Her passion for her research is due to a personal connection to disability and accessibility. As a primary carer for a parent with cerebral palsy, a volunteer at ULO’s directed at young adults with disabilities and a British Sign Language learner, she believes that the web especially online communication should be available for all.

Website: www.makaylalewis.co.uk

Twitter: www.twitter.com/maccymacx

Founder and lead organiser for Web Accessibility London (annual unconference and monthly meetup) http://a11yldn.org.uk/

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Dr. Makayla Lewis

By day Dr of #HCI, Research Fellow @BrunelUni interests #UX #CyberSecurity #a11y. By night doodler & @SN_hangout @SketchnoteLDN organiser. Day dreams in 35mm 🎞 bio from Twitter

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Time 3:50pm4:20pm GMT

Date Tue 4th December 2012

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