Equipping Designers by Simulating the Effects of Visual and Hearing Impairments

Joy Goodman-Deane, Patrick M Langdon, P John Clarkson, Nicholas H.M. Caldwell, Ahmed M. Sarhan


This paper describes a software tool that demonstrates the effects of common vision and hearing impairments on image and sound files. This helps designers to understand and empathise with the difficulties that less able users might experience when using their products and interfaces. A range of impairments and severity levels are simulated and guidance is provided on how to address some of the issues raised. The latest version of this tool will be available for demonstration at Assets.

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BibTeX citation

  Author = {Goodman-Deane, Joy and Langdon, Patrick M. and Clarkson, P. John 
and Caldwell, Nicholas H. M. and Sarhan, Ahmed M.},
  Title = {Equipping Designers by Simulating the Effects of Visual and 
Hearing Impairments},
  year = 2007,
  month = Oct,
  BookTitle = {Assets 2007},
  pages = "241-242",
  Editor = {Trewin, Shari},
  Address= {Tempe, Arizona},
  Publisher = {ACM Press},
  Keywords = {disability-simulation, design, industry},
  comment = {A short demo paper on our vision and hearing software
simulators, introducing them and highlighting their key
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