Join us online for W4A2022 on April 25 & 26, 2022.
Update on conference format
Due to persisting difficulties with international travel and health concerns regarding in-person conferences, W4A’22 will be held as a fully virtual event. Please follow this website for updates on the format and conference platform.
The 19th International Web for All Conference (W4A’22), the premier venue for web accessibility research, will take place on April 25-26, 2022 as a virtual event. W4A is co-located with the 31st International World Wide Web Conference – TheWebConf’22.
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.
Accessibility in a Hybrid World
The global Covid-19 pandemic drastically changed the world, marking a shift towards remote, web-based services and communication. This shift introduced a new way of doing things where physical presence is no longer a requirement for collaboration – millions of people successfully worked and studied from home, telehealth appointments became a common part of medicine, research conferences involving thousands of participants were held online, and many businesses adapted to offering their services in a remote mode. Some of these changes are here to stay, with many workplaces, education programs, conferences, and businesses offering a hybrid format going forward, where part of the interaction happens in the physical world and another part happens virtually. Yet, there is very little research on the implications that this hybrid format has for accessibility and inclusivity. What are the needs of people with disabilities in a hybrid workforce? How can we ensure that hybrid education is inclusive? What are the accessibility requirements for hybrid healthcare? Can advances in accessibility research can be harnessed to improve hybrid collaboration for everyone?
We particularly welcome submissions that address, but are not limited to, the following topics.
- Accessibility requirements for hybrid communication and collaboration
- Accessibility solutions for hybrid communication and collaboration
- Evaluating the accessibility and inclusivity of hybrid communication and collaboration systems and tools
- Inclusive hybrid workplaces, classrooms, health services, and conferencing tools
- Implications of the shift towards hybrid interaction for the development of inclusive urban environments
- Implications of hybrid communication and collaboration for the mental health of people with disabilities
- Adjustments for Older Adults
- Implications of hybrid communication and collaboration for eliminating or perpetuating bias and inequality
- Barriers and benefits of hybrid communication and collaboration
- Education and training for inclusive hybrid communication and collaboration
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.