Minor Accessibility and Universal Design

Coordinators

SEMESTER

Spring 2021

FORMAT/LOCATION

  • Campus SophiaTech, Sophia Antipolis
  • Campus Saint-Jean d'Angély, Nice
  • Synchronous online classes

Prerequisites

No

Lecturers
Summary

According to the ISO 9241 norm (2008), accessibility is defined as the ease of use of a product, a service, an environment or a facility, regardless of individuals' capabilities. Many forms of legislation have been ratified, stating the duty to ensure access to information and communication technologies (ICT). Drawing on contributions from Computer science, Human-Computer interaction, Ergonomics, and Law, this minor aims to provide theoretical and practical bases to ensure accessibility of ICT. Specific situations will be further examined: Accessibility for people with blindness or visual impairment, Web accessibility, and video game accessibility.

The course presents:

  • Definition of accessibility and universal design; Current views on impairment, disability, and handicap;
  • Social issues and simulations of handicap situations (physical limitations, use of a screen reader);
  • Visual, auditory, motor and cognitive impairments and the resulting disabilities;
  • Assistive technologies for visual interfaces: responsive design; video games accessibility;
  • Guidelines for designing computer interfaces ensuring access for all;
  • Legal regulatory issues; overview of different cases (e.g., American Section 508); Deep examination of recent European directives;
  • Recommendations from the World Wide Web Consortium about tools and web content to make the Web accessible to all; Methods for checking web accessibility;
  • Models of accessibility and universal design.
Capacity
  • 18 students
Bibliography
Schedule (tentative)

Date

Time slot

Room

Lecturers

Course' title

18 Feb

09:00 - 12:00

SophiaTech

Marco Winckler

Introduction to accessibility and situationally induced impairments and disabilities

25 Feb

09:00 - 12:00

Saint Jean-d’Angély

Mai-Anh Ngo and Pierre Thérouanne

Social issues and simulations of handicap situations

11 Mar

09:00 - 12:00

SophiaTech

Pierre Thérouanne

Visual, auditory, motor and cognitive impairments and the resulting disabilities

18 Mar

09:00 - 12:00

SophiaTech

Marco Winckler

Overview of assitive technogy and Universal Design

25 Mar

09:00 - 12:00

Saint Jean-d’Angély

Shadi Abou-Zahra

Accessibility standards and guidelines

1 Apr

09:00 - 12:00

Saint Jean-d’Angély

Mai-Anh Ngo

Legal and regulatory issues related to Accessibilty

8 Apr

09:00 - 12:00

SophiaTech or online

Jérôme Dupire

Games accessibility

22 Apr

09:00 - 12:00

Saint Jean-d’Angély

Pierre Thérouanne and Marco Winckler

Final assessment
Evaluation
  • 1 written exam: April, 22nd
  • 1 oral: April, 22nd