Inclusive New Media

NewMedia

Inclusive New Media Design (2007) was an AHRC funded research project that was run from the Rix Centre at UEL and led by Dr Helen Kennedy as part of the AHRC/EPSRC Designing for 21st Century initiative. The project explored effective strategies for encouraging new media designers to produce websites that are accessible to people with learning disabilities. This was achieved through workshops, interviews and observations with web designers.

The project produced a range of guidance tools, case studies and recommendations for designers, all of which are available at www.inclusivenewmedia.org.

On INMD, we want to make sure that people with intellectual disabilities are included in the Web. People with intellectual disabilities are keen web users. But websites are not always built as well as they could be for this group.

Information and guidelines exist to help web designers make websites which work for people with disabilities. But this information often does not talk about the needs of people with intellectual disabilities.

We have run 9 workshops with web designers and developers to train them in this area. 28 web designers and developers came to the workshops, and 3 others talked to us about their work. People with learning disabilities came to 4 of the 9 workshops to work as user testers. They talked to the web designers about what kind of websites they like to use.