Accessibility: A Guide to Building Future User Interfaces

Course Number: 
05-499 / 05-899
Semester and Units: 
Intermittent: 12 units
Course Description: 

Access technologists are the ultimate interface hackers. They take existing technology and make it work for people and situations for which it wasn’t designed -- they transform visual interfaces into landscapes of sound and touch, they overlay interfaces that people with low dexterity can use on top of interfaces requiring fine motor control, and they turn speech and sound into visual displays. This course teaches how access technology is built to work within the tough technical and human constraints in which it must operate. As early adopters, people with disabilities have inspired a host of future user interface technologies, e.g., conversational assistants, text-to-speech, speech recognition, optical character recognition, predictive typing, tactile displays, etc. People with disabilities continue to be the first users of interface next-generation technologies that are gradually adopted widely. This course will not only teach you the deep inner workings of today’s user interface technology, but will also serve as a guide for building the user interfaces of the future.

Accessibility Topics will include: Text to Speech, Speech Recognition, Screen Readers, Voice Input, Optical Character Recognition, Screen Magnification, Alternative Input, Tactile Displays, Text Summarization, Web Transformation, Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Instructors: 
Jeffrey Bigham