The 18th International Web for All Conference (W4A’21), the premier venue for web accessibility research, will take place on April 19-20, 2021, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. W4A is co-located with the 30th International World Wide Web Conference – TheWebConf’21.
The conference focuses on all aspects of web accessibility. Areas of general interest include, but are not limited to the following: age, cognition, culture, education, emotions, dexterity, disability, diversity, health, hearing, income, infrastructure, language, learning, literacy, mobility, situation, society, and vision.
Update Due to the COVID-19
Due to the ongoing pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding the possibility of traveling during the dates of the conference, W4A’21 will be held virtually on April 19-20, 2021. More information about the conference format changes will be published here in due time.
Accessibility and Crisis
We are living extraordinary times – and this year’s theme aims at reflecting just that. A pandemic such as the recent COVID-19 can drastically change the way we interact with each other and with everything that surrounds us. Therefore, ensuring that every individual has access to timely information and usable services is more crucial now than it has ever be.
In times of crisis – including, but not limited to, health emergencies, conflict situations, temporary or chronic pain, natural and man-made hazards – traditional, mobile and wearable web technologies can be lifesaving for all. How can they be used to adapt working and learning environments to each user needs quickly and efficiently? What solutions exist to encourage the autonomy and well-being of people with disabilities and older adults in crisis settings? What are the social, financial, cultural or ethical implications of deploying web solutions in times of crisis without accessibility in mind? Can web technologies traditionally targeting people with disabilities be particularly useful for emergency workers? What accessibility solutions exist to mitigate inequality and poverty (e.g. in refugee camps)?
While we encourage authors to contribute to the conference on any of the traditional topics covered at W4A, this year we seek to provide an answer to these and other related questions by particularly welcoming submissions that address web-related challenges and/or solutions associated with the following areas:
- Accessible e-learning and crisis
- Accessible remote work and crisis
- Mobility and security for people with disabilities in emergency settings
- Accessibility and ethics in times of crisis
- Adjustments for accessible communication during crisis (e.g. accessible information and communication technologies – including social media, learning technologies, authoring technologies, multilingualism)
- Assistive technology and crisis (3D printing, virtual reality, etc.)
- Social interaction and crisis
- Well-being of older adults in times of crisis
But as in every year, don’t be deterred by the theme; all topics related to web accessibility are welcome as are papers dealing with wider aspects of digital accessibility and universal access.
Don’t miss this year’s conference. Learn more about the process of submitting your research on the W4A 2021: Call for Papers page.