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Call for Papers - Special Issue of ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS) On

Fabrication Technologies and Do-It-Yourself Accessibility

Guest Editors: Daniel Ashbrook, Shaun K. Kane, and Tom Yeh

Personal fabrication technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC mills present opportunities for end users to design and create new hardware and interactive devices, including new types of assistive technologies to support people with a range of accessibility needs. Many communities have formed both online and offline to support the creation of accessible technologies for people with disabilities, and people with disabilities have themselves adopted Do-It-Yourself (DIY) practices to create assistive technologies to support their own unique needs.

This special issue of TACCESS will explore current and emerging approaches at the intersection of accessibility and fabrication technology, maker culture, DIY practice, and STEM education. For researchers working on the design and implementation of fabrication technology, this issue can serve as a place to introduce new advances in fabrication tools and technologies with potential applications for people with varying abilities. For accessibility and assistive technology researchers, this issue can provide a venue for sharing information and insight about current practices in DIY assistive technology creation and use, and to introduce new tools and technologies to support users in creating accessible technologies.

Accepted papers may be presented at the ASSETS conference following publication. Details about presenting accepted TACCESS papers at the ASSETS conference may be found at http://www.rit.edu/gccis/taccess/policy.html.

Potential topics for this special issue include (but are not limited to):

  • Creative uses of current and emerging fabrication and “maker” technologies to solve accessibility problems;
  • Studies of physical and virtual spaces and communities engaging in fabrication and DIY to support accessibility;
  • Identifying and/or addressing accessibility barriers in current fabrication technologies, tools, and maker spaces;
  • Accessible tools for supporting people with disabilities in learning about and participating in fabrication practices;
  • Interactive systems to support end-user customization and production of assistive technologies;
  • Case studies of fabrication and DIY assistive technology practice;
  • Studies of fabrication and DIY practices in education settings;
  • Low-tech DIY technologies for accessibility;
  • Design guidelines for supporting access to fabrication and DIY practices;
  • Novel materials for fabricating accessible technologies;
  • Design guidelines and proposed standards for creating accessible technologies using fabrication tools;
  • Positioning, policy implications, and risk assessment for fabrication and DIY assistive technology practice.

Studies of assistive technology engaging with representative target users are preferred over those using stand-in participants without the disabilities of the target group.

Submission process

Contributions must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere, although substantial extensions of conference or workshop papers will be considered as long as they adhere to ACM's minimum standards regarding prior publication (http://www.acm.org/pubs/sim_submissions.html). All submissions must prepared according to the Guide for Authors as published in the Journal website at http://www.rit.edu/gccis/taccess/. Submissions should follow the journal's suggested writing format (http://www.gccis.rit.edu/taccess/authors.html) and the SIGACCESS guidelines for writing about accessibility (http://www.sigaccess.org/welcome-to-sigaccess/resources/accessible-writing-guide/). Submissions should be submitted through Manuscript Central http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/taccess, indicating that the paper is intended for the Special Issue. All papers will be subject to the peer review process and final decisions regarding publication will be based on these reviews.

Important dates:

  • Article submission: June 15, 2017
  • Initial response to authors: August 15, 2017
  • Revised version of articles due: October 1, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: December 1, 2017

Final manuscripts due: January 1, 2018

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