A Workshop on Disability Inclusive Remote Co-Design
Why is this workshop important?
In design history, various terms and methods have been developed to represent users’ participation in the design process. Emerging from the participatory design movement, the co-design approach aims to renegotiate roles and power dynamics between researchers, designers, and participants [8,10] and create an inclusive space for engaging in more equitable co-creation activities. Disabled people have been excluded from significant positions in design activities resulting in disenfranchisement and powerlessness.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have explored ways to adapt co-design methods from physical to digital spaces to ensure that participatory activities could continue even when in-person engagement was not possible. While recent work has demonstrated clear benefits of online co-design, such as accessing “hard to reach” populations and reduced cost of running co-design workshops, it also highlights the challenges including barriers to participation due to “poor internet connection” and lack of participant engagement with the activities (e.g., mic on mute, video switched off). Additionally, for disabled people, the shift to digital has been a double-edged sword. While online collaboration has lifted the burden of travelling to workshop venues, the inaccessibility of online collaboration platforms has restricted participants’ engagement and contribution. It also places the burden of adapting to the online collaboration space on the participants, which may present additional challenges for people who are unfamiliar with or faced with inaccessible collaboration methods and tools.
Workshop goals and outputs
The main goal of this workshop is to provide a space for reflection on the strategies researchers and designers have used to conduct virtual/remote co-design with disabled and ageing populations and drive an agenda for future disability inclusive research and design in HCI.
The workshop aims to develop a community of practice around inclusive and accessible co-design. The community will be set up on the Discord platform for workshop participants prior to the workshop and, after the workshop, will also be made open to the public through free membership. The community of practice will produce an open-source repository of methods, toolkits, and best practices on in-person, remote, and hybrid co-design workshops with disabled and ageing populations. A selection of case studies from the workshop participants will be published in an article in ACM Interactions Magazine.
Call for Participation
We invite researchers, practitioners, and designers with an interest in creating accessible online co-design methods and tools for people of all abilities to submit case studies from their recent work in co-design.
Submissions can be made in the form of case studies or position papers (up to 1,000 words excluding references) in the single-column submission template stating their existing work or their position with respect to the workshop topic. Submissions should also include up to two discussion points and issues that participants would like to discuss in the workshop.
We also welcome alternate submissions in the form of presentation slides, posters, and video presentations. Authors must ensure the accessibility of their submission by following the ASSETS’22 Guidelines (https://assets22.sigaccess.org/guidelines-policies.html).
Submissions can be made, by October 10, 2022, via registration form.
The submissions can be individual or group. If accepted, at least one author must attend the workshop at ASSETS’22 (online) and should prepare a short overview of their work to the workshop participants (no slides needed). All accepted submissions will be published on the website prior to the workshop.
All workshop participants (and their co-authors) will be invited to co-author an article which would be published in ACM Interactions Magazine after the workshop. Participants interested in co-authoring the article can indicate so on the registration form.