Conference Program

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1:00 – 6:00pm Doctoral Consortium (at UQAM) – Chairs: Volker Sorge & Erin Brady


8:45 – 9:15 W4A2016 OpeningChairs: Greg Gay, Vivienne Conway, Luz Rello

9:15 to 10:30 Opening Keynote (Jutta Treviranus, OCAD University)

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee

11:00 – 12:30

IBM People with Disabilities Awards – Chairs: Chieko Asakawa & Yevgen Borodin

11:00 – 11:40 (4 student presentations)

S1 – Accessibility ChallengesChair: Simon Harper

11:40 – 12:00 Identifying Challenges and Opportunities in Computer-based Vocational Training for Low-Income Communities of People with Intellectual Disabilities (Technical paper) Vagner Figueredo de Santana, IBM Research; Rodrigo Laiola Guimares, IBM Research; Andrea Britto Mattos:IBM Research

12:00 – 12:15 Exploring pedagogical culture for accessibility in education in Computing Science (Communication paper) Sarah Lewthwaite, University of Southampton; David Sloan, The Paciello Group (UK)

12:15 – 12:30 Towards Universal Rendering in MathJax (Communication paper) Davide Cervone, MathJax Consortium; Peter Krautzberger, MathJax Consortium; Volker Sorge, MathJax Consortium

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30

S2: Web Accessibility – Chair: Jennison Asuncion

14:00 – 14:15  Web Accessibility Guidelines for the 2020s (Communication paper) Michael Cooper, W3C/WAI

14:15 – 14:30  Development Technologies Impact in Web Accessibility (Communication paper) Carlos Duarte, Inês Matos, João Vicente, Ana Salvado, Carlos M. Duarte, Luís CarriçoLaSIGE, Faculdade de Ciéncias, Universidade de Lisboa

S3: TPG Web Accessibility ChallengeChair: Chris Bailey

(13 presentations 5 min each)


  1. Accessible OzPlayer Video Player, Matt McLeod, Gian Wild (AccessibilityOz)
  2. Contextual Language Learning with Capti ESL Assistant, Yevgen Borodin, Yury Puzis, Andrii Soviak, Andrii Melnyk, IV Ramakrishnan (Charmtech Labs LLC), Vikas Ashok (Stony Brook University)
  3. NavCog: turn-by-turn smartphone navigation assistant for people with visual impairments or blindness, Dragan Ahmetovic, Cole Gleason, Kris M. Kitani (Carnegie Mellon University), Hironobu Takagi, Chieko Asakawa (IBM Research)
  4. WebReader: a screen reader for everyone, everywhere, Aurelio De Rosa, Donovan Justice (Digital Detox)
  5. Lake Devo: Accessible Online Role-Play, Greg Gay, Maureen Glynn, Naza Djafarova (Ryerson University)
  6. Online Nemeth Braille Input/Output Using Content MathML, Samuel S. Dooley, Dan Brown, Edgar Lozano, Su H. Park (Pearson) Susan Osterhaus (Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired)
  7. TactBack: VibroTactile Braille output using Smartphone and Smartwatch for Visually Impaired, Aritra Dhar, R, Kuldeep (Xerox)
  8. Editor for Accessible Images in e-Learning Platforms, Sandra Sanchez-Gordon, Juan Estevez (National Polytechnic School of Ecuador), Sergio Luján-Mora (University of Alicante)
  9. Accessible Map Visualization Prototype, Tania Calle-Jimenez (National Polytechnic School of Ecuador), Sergio Luján-Mora (University of Alicante)
  10. Improving OER Websites for Learners with Disabilities, Rosa Navarette (National Polytechnic School of Ecuador), Sergio Luján-Mora (University of Alicante)
  11. A Platform to Support Personalized Training for People with Disabilities, Carlos Cardonha, Andrea Britto Mattos, Rodrigo Lailoa Guimarães (IBM Research)
  12. Towards Universal Rendering in MathJax, Davide Cervone, Peter Krautzberger, Volker Sorge, (MathJax Consortium)
  13. Learning Games for Cognitive Impaired People, Maria Claudia Buzzi, Marina Buzzi, Eric Perrone, Beatrice Rapisarda, Caterina Senette (Institute of Informatics and Telematics, National Research Council)


15:30 – 16:00 Coffee

16:00 – 17:30

S4: TPG Web Accessibility Challenge: Demonstrations & VotingChair: Chris Bailey

16:00 – 17:30 Around the Room Lightning Demonstrations (13 demos 5 min each)


8:45 – 10:00

S5: Non-Visual Access & Web Accessibility – Chair: Tiago Guerreiro

8:45 – 9:00 Usability Evaluation of Two Virtual Aids to Enhance Cursor Accessibility for Motor-Impaired Users (Communication paper) J. Eduardo Pérez, Xabier Valencia, Myriam Arrue, Julio Abascal, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

9:00 – 9:20  An Empirical Investigation of the Situationally-Induced Impairments Experienced by Blind Mobile Device Users (Technical papers) Ali Abdolrahmani, Ravi Kuber, Amy Hurst UMBC

9:20 – 9:40  AudioDraw: User Preferences in Non-visual Diagram Drawing for Touchscreens (Technical papers) William Grussenmeyer; Eelke Folmer University of Nevada, Reno

9:40 – 10:00  The Effects of Automatic Speech Recognition Quality on Human Transcription Latency (Technical paper) Yashesh Gaur, Carnegie Mellon University; Walter Lasecki, University of Michigan; Jeffrey Bigham, Carnegie Mellon University; Florian Metze, Carnegie Mellon University

S6: Doctoral Consortium Students – Chair: Erin Brady

10:00 – 10:30  (3 presentations) 5 min presentation + 5 min Q&A

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee

11:00 – 12:30

S7: Accessible Learning, Web-based Testing and Assessment – Chair: Peter Thiessen

11:00 – 11:20 Accessibility Barriers to Online Education for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (Technical paper) Erin Buehler, William Easley, Amy Poole, Amy Hurst University of Maryland, Baltimore County

11:20 – 11:40 An Online Chess Game Designed for People with Dyslexia (Technical paper) Luz Rello, Carnegie Mellon University; Sergi Subirats, Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Jeffrey P. Bigham, Carnegie Mellon University

11:40 – 11:55 Towards a Multilingual Dyslexia Detection using Online Games (Communication paper) Luz Rello, Carnegie Mellon University; Kristin Williams, Carnegie Mellon University; Abdullah Ali, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Nancy Cushen White, University of California San Francisco; Jeffrey P. Bigham, Carnegie Mellon University

11:55 – 12:10 Learning Games for Cognitive Impaired People (Communication paper) Maria Claudia Buzzi, Marina Buzzi, Erico Perrone, Beatrice Rapisarda, Caterina Senette, CNR-IIT

12:10 – 12:25 Masterplanning the Digital Campus to Support Learners with Disabilities (Communication paper) David Sloan,Sarah Horton, Billy Gregory, The Paciello Group

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30

S8: Supporting Accessibility and Wearables – Chair: Carlos Duarte

14:00 – 14:20 Measuring the Impact of Automated Evaluation Tools on Alternative Text Quality: a Web Translation Study (Technical papers) Silvia Rodríguez Vázquez, University of Geneva

14:20 – 14:35 A Platform to Support Personalized Training for People with Disabilities (Communication paper) Carlos Cardonha, Andrea Britto Mattos, Rodrigo Laiola Guimares, IBM Research

14:35 – 14:50 Wearables for All: Development of Guidelines to Stimulate Accessible Wearable Technology Design (Communication paper) Jobke Wentzel, University of Twente; Eric Velleman, The Accessibility Foundation; Thea van der Geest, University of Twente

14:50 – 15:05 Widening access to online health education for lung cancer: A feasibility study (Communication paper) Julia Mueller, Alan Davies, Simon Harper, Caroline Jay, Chris Todd, University of Manchester

S9: Doctoral Consortium Students – Chair: Volker Sorge

15:05 – 15:25  (3 presentations) 5 min presentation + 5 min Q&A

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee

16:00 – 17:30

S10:  Accessible Multimedia – Chair: Hironobu Takagi

16:00 – 16:15 Supporting Engagement and Comprehension Online Through Multiple Means of Expression (Communication paper) Boris Goldowsky, Peggy Coyne, CAST

16:15 – 16:30 Supporting the Selection of Web Content Modality Based on User Interaction Logs (Communication paper) Fabiano Marcon de Moraes, IBM Research; Vagner Figueredo de Santana, IBM Research; Juliana Cristina Braga, UFABC

16:30 – 16:45 LMS weds WhatsApp (Communication paper) Saurabh Srivastava, Jyotirmaya Mahapatra, Kuldeep Yadav, Kundan Shrivastava,OM Deshmuk; Xerox Research Centre India

16:45 – 17:00 Laying a Foundation for the Graphical Course Map  (Communication paper) Linda P. DuHadway, Thomas C. Henderson School of Computing, University of Utah

17:00 – 17:15 HTML5 Accessible Video Player (Communication paper) Crista Earl, American Foundation for the Blind; Elizabeth Neal, American Foundation for the Blind

17:15 – 17:30



19:00 The William Loughborough Dinner Talk (with Jennison Asuncion)


9:00 – 10:30 WWW Keynote Address

11:30 -18:00 WWW/W4A Accessibility Hackathon (at Google Montreal)

11:00 -18:00 W4A Research Camp (alternate to the hackathon, if there’s interest)

The 13th Web for All Conference

11–13 April 2016. Co-located with WWW2016. Montreal, Canada.

Important dates

» Camera Ready papers: 10 March

Register for W4A

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WWW/W4A Hackathon

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» Hackathon Signup Form


Intuit will award $2000 and $1000 to the best technical and communication papers

Google will sponsor 6 PhD students to participate in the W4A Doctoral Consortium

IBM will provide travel grants to the winners of the People with Disabilities Student Award

The Paciello Group will give the Judges' and Delegates' awards to the winners of the Accessibility Challenge

Canvas and Intuit will award student grants to attend W4A

The ABILITY Magazine will feature the W4A 2016 award winners in their printed and online publications. See the 2015 winners report