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Older People as a focus for Inclusive Design

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A.F. Newell (2006). Older people as a focus for inclusive design, Gerontechnology 4(4), 190-199.

Original abstract: This paper takes an extreme, and to some extent stereotypical, view of the various ‘inclusive design’ paradigms. It has been written to be provocative, and to encourage designers to adopt a radical approach to including older and disabled people with in their design brief. It recommends focussing on the needs and wants of older users followed by addressing the challenge of including able bodied people in the potential user group, rather than vice-versa. The paper concludes by suggesting the use of professional theatre to assist this process. The paper focuses on Information Technology systems, but a similar argument can be applied to product design.

This paper is not available online – please contact Alan Blackwell if you would like to receive a copy by email.

Rubric for the reading group: Everyone attending is expected to read the paper in advance. Please bring a copy with you, preferably annotated with interesting reflections. The format of discussion will be a brief invited introduction/critique by two members of the group, followed by general discussion and informal mixing.

This talk is part of the Crucible/Microsoft HCI Reading Group series.

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