Ability-Based Design Journal Article uri icon



  • ; Current approaches to accessible computing share a common goal of making technology accessible to users with disabilities. Perhaps because of this goal, they may also share a tendency to centralize disability rather than ability. We present a refinement to these approaches called; ability-based design; that consists of focusing on ability throughout the design process in an effort to create systems that leverage the full range of human potential. Just as user-centered design shifted the focus of interactive system design from systems to users, ability-based design attempts to shift the focus of accessible design from disability to ability. Although prior approaches to accessible computing may consider users’ abilities to some extent, ability-based design makes ability its central focus. We offer seven ability-based design principles and describe the projects that inspired their formulation. We also present a research agenda for ability-based design.;

publication date

  • April 14, 2011

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  • green

Date in CU Experts

  • December 19, 2014 2:28 AM

Full Author List

  • Wobbrock JO; Kane SK; Gajos KZ; Harada S; Froehlich J

author count

  • 5

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1936-7228

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1936-7236

Additional Document Info

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end page

  • 27


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