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Journal of Accessibility and Design for All
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.135
Number of Followers: 12  

  This is an Open Access Journal Open Access journal
ISSN (Print) 2013-7087
Published by FundaciĆ³n ONCE Homepage  [1 journal]
  • A platform toy for children with special educational needs

    • Authors: Rosária Ferreira, Demétrio Matos, Vítor Carvalho, Filomena Soares
      Pages: 1 - 25
      Abstract: In childhood, play is critical to the successful development of children, and it can be regarded as the most important activity in their daily life, allowing interaction and discovery of the world around them. Consequently, it is important to ensure that this birthright is protected and accessible to every child, including those with special needs. Professionals, such as therapists, are often in a position where they can take advantage of the inclusion of toys in their therapies with children. Although, toys are not alike, and they must be carefully thought to be able to fulfil the child’s needs. This paper presents a proposal and the first validation of an inclusive toy, entitled “HugMe”, developed and designed with special attention for children who have cognitive and motor impairments and continue to be appealing to all children.
      PubDate: 2022-05-31
      DOI: 10.17411/jacces.v12i1.250
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2022)
  • The past, present, and future of accessible tourism research

    • Authors: Cristian Suárez Henríquez, Adrián Jesús Ricoy Cano, Jesús Hernández Galán, Yolanda María de la Fuente Robles
      Pages: 26 - 60
      Abstract: At present, it is estimated that there are more than 1 billion people with some type of disability worldwide. Against this background, it is important to reconceive every life sphere and activity to ensure the inclusion, participation and equal opportunity of people with disabilities and to promote respect for their capacities and desires as people. The tourism sector is leaving large segments of global society behind. Tourism companies need more training and guidance to address the requirements of tourists who have specific needs or require certain types of support. This study aims to analyze and map the progress in scientific research on accessible tourism. To achieve this objective, this paper presents a bibliometric analysis of scientific papers on accessible tourism published in the Scopus database between 1997 and 2021. The study used the VOSviewer and CiteSpace software to map and visualize publication trends within this field. A total of 254 articles were included, of which 95.6% were original research. These studies were published in 52 countries. Australia is among the countries with high research productivity in this field. The most productive journals are Tourism Management and Sustainability (Switzerland), and the most prominent author is Simon Darcy. The analysis of keywords allows us to continually review the opportunities that new information and communication technologies (specifically smartphones and virtual reality) offer for the future development of the accessible tourism sector.
      PubDate: 2022-05-31
      DOI: 10.17411/jacces.v12i1.350
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2022)
  • User Perspectives of Accessibility and Usability of a Performing Arts

    • Authors: Susanna Meyer, Joanne Gallagher Worthley, Linda Larrivee
      Pages: 61 - 75
      Abstract: Older adults often have limitations due to normal ageing, which interfere with their ability to attend theatre performances. Mobility, visual, and hearing impairments can limit the experience older adults have as they engage in these cultural offerings. In this study, 20 older adults (age range 65-78 years; 15 females, 5 males) perspective of the usability and accessibility of the physical environment before and during a musical performance was studied for one urban performing arts theatre. Participants completed a self-assessment questionnaire, identified accessible features, barriers to access, and made suggestions for improvements. Results showed that the participants had mixed experiences, some participants mentioned accessibility limitations in the built environment, and others regarding communication access. Most participants would recommend the theatre to others. Following up on the recommendations will improve theatre access for any individual with mobility, visual, and/or hearing limitations.
      PubDate: 2022-05-31
      DOI: 10.17411/jacces.v12i1.347
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2022)
  • Faculty perspectives on interprofessional collaborations between
           occupational therapy and industrial design

    • Authors: Kimberly Mollo, Madalyn Peterson, Rebecca Brown
      Pages: 76 - 115
      Abstract: Incorporating a user-centred approach to universal design solutions improves functionality and access for a more diverse group of individuals to engage with end products within everyday environments successfully. Interprofessional collaborations between industrial design and occupational therapy are one approach that integrates a user-centred universal design perspective throughout the design process, as occupational therapists have unique expertise in understanding how individuals participate in activities and engage with everyday products and environments. This qualitative ethnographic inquiry explored faculty perspectives (n=5) involved in interprofessional academic collaborations between design and occupational therapy at the university level in the Northeastern United States. Five themes emerged: 1) “Benefits of Collaboration:” Improving the Design Process; 2) “Benefits of a Mutual Approach:”: Supporting Design Learning; 3) Interprofessional Awareness and Education Approaches “Help and Hinder” Collaboration Efforts; 4) Benefits and Challenges to Accessing: “Navigation of the Obstacle Course”; and 5) “Minding the Gap:” Professional Education and Training. Findings suggest that interprofessional collaborations between occupational therapy and industrial design via an embedded model positively impact design outcomes and influence student and faculty learning during the design process, clarify educational objectives, and prepare student industrial designers for future professional practice.
      PubDate: 2022-05-31
      DOI: 10.17411/jacces.v12i1.360
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2022)
  • Sonification of information security events in auditory display

    • Authors: Andrey Vishnevsky, Claudio Ruff Escobar, Marcelo Ruiz Toledo, Nadezhda Abbas
      Pages: 116 - 133
      Abstract: This research is dedicated to developing an information security tool with a sound interface. If there is a possibility to manage information security by ear, analysis of computer attacks could be effectively maintained by people with vision problems. For this purpose, a human-computer interface is required in which the signs of malicious code and computer attacks are encoded using sounds. This research highlights the features returned by the console tools for static analysis of executable files, as well as an audio coding method for auditory expression of textual and non-textual features is proposed. In order to provide visually impaired people with the opportunity to work in the cybersecurity field, we propose a method of analysing malware by ear.
      PubDate: 2022-05-31
      DOI: 10.17411/jacces.v12i1.359
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2022)
  • Curb ramp and accessibility element upgrade prioritization

    • Authors: Hannah MacKnight, Peter Ohlms, T. Donna Chen
      Pages: 134 - 154
      Abstract: Curb ramps are a universally beneficial element of the built environment, providing improved access for all users. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires compliant ramps to be installed with new construction or when a facility is altered. The large quantity of ramps and other facilities that must be upgraded to achieve full compliance, coupled with limited budgets, often requires states to prioritize ramps for retrofit over time. Users with varying disabilities might prioritize curb ramp improvements differently. This study assessed the state of the practice for prioritizing curb ramp upgrades and retrofits. A background review of national standards and guidance related to curb ramps was conducted. Prioritization processes for similar accessibility elements, including sidewalks and accessible pedestrian signals, were gathered through a literature review. State representatives were contacted through an email survey to identify existing prioritization processes for curb ramps. Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines and Proposed Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way provide similar standards and guidelines for accessibility. Three studies found that pedestrians with vision disabilities found domed surfaces most detectable, although users with mobility disabilities experienced negative safety and negotiability impacts with detectable warning surfaces. Compliance with accessibility standards and citizen requests were most commonly used for prioritization at the state level; localities were more likely to consider proximity to pedestrian generators and transit. These findings provide a foundational resource for agencies developing or revising prioritization processes for curb ramp retrofits.
      PubDate: 2022-05-31
      DOI: 10.17411/jacces.v12i1.334
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2022)
  • Accessibility and Social Participation in Urban Settings for People with
           Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or an Intellectual Disability (ID)

    • Authors: William Thériault, Ernesto Morales
      Pages: 155 - 179
      Abstract: Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or an Intellectual Disability (ID) often have difficulties in interpersonal relationships, adaptation to new situations/environments and problem-solving. Today, many of these individuals face the challenges associated with adulthood in an urban setting. Despite the extensive research developed on children with ASD and ID in the indoor environment, little research has been done on the social participation of adults with ASD and ID within urban settings thus far. This systematic review aims to shed some light on the activities developed by adults with ASD and ID in an urban context, the main facilitators and obstacles of these activities, as well as the means of transportation used to achieve them. Like the rest of the population, adults with an ASD or ID engage in various activities related to work, leisure, community life or education, using different modes of transportation, including buses, to perform them. The most important obstacles identified are related to interpersonal relationships along with social and physical environments that are not adapted to their needs. In order to address these obstacles, health professionals, including occupational therapists, have a role to play in the development of methods and tools to increase the abilities of people with an ASD or ID. They can also participate in raising awareness among the population and can advocate for changes in the physical environment in urban settings.
      PubDate: 2022-05-31
      DOI: 10.17411/jacces.v12i1.352
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 1 (2022)
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