October 23-25, 2023
Accepted Workshops Overview
To host a workshop at ASSETS, workshop organizers submitted a proposal following the Workshop Proposal CFP in July, 2023. These proposals were then peer reviewed by the community and selected by the Workshop Track Co-chairs, Julian Brinkley and Earl Huff Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ultimately, four workshops were selected (listed below). To attend a workshop, please see the individual workshop webpages—each have their own CFPs and participation criteria.
List of Workshops:
Bridging the Gap: Towards Advancing Privacy and Accessibility
Organizers: Rahaf Alharbi, Robin Brewer, Gesu India, Lotus Zhang, Leah Findlater, and Abigale Stangl
Workshop Website: https://sites.google.com/umich.edu/privacya11y/home
Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 8, 2023 (11:59 pm AOE)
Virtual Workshop Date & Time: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (PST)
Are you interested in designing technology that is both accessible and privacy-aware? Join our virtual ASSETS 2023 workshop! We aim to build community, unpack how identity afects disability and privacy, refect on potential privacy and accessibility conficts, and imagine accessible privacy-preserving solutions. We welcome submissions from research at the intersection of accessibility and privacy. We also invite submissions that center a Global South perspective. Industry practitioners, policy experts, and activists are especially encouraged to apply! Please submit a 500-1000 word position using this Google form. If accepted, at least one author of each accepted paper must attend and register for the workshop. Learn more about our workshop here: https://sites.google.com/umich.edu/privacya11y/home.
Tackling the Lack of a Practical Guide in Disability-Centered Research
Organizers: Emma McDonnell, Kelly Avery Mack, Kathrin Gerling, Katta Spiel, Cynthia Bennett, Robin N. Brewer, Rua M. Williams, and Garreth W. Tigwell
Workshop Website: http://assets2023guide.mere.st
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Virtual Workshop Date: Held in two two-hour chunks on separate days in coordination with the workshop participants.
The workshop “Tackling the Lack of a Practical Guide in Disability-Centered Research” aims to explore the opportunity to provide practical guidance for access(ibility) research that centers disabled people. We intend to build on insights from disability studies, critical access research, and disabled communities, seeking to minimize instances in which research is irrelevant or does harm. The overarching goal is to discuss current research approaches and develop practical recommendations for our research community. We invite participation from members of our community and beyond who want to reflect on how we engage in research, including those who are new to accessibility research. Submissions should be a short engagement with the topic, and could be in written format, a video, or another graphical format (please refer to website for details), must be accessible, and should fall into one of the three following categories:
- Reflective accounts of one’s own research, critically examining researcher positionality and how disabled people were (not) included in the research process.
- A summary of questions that you have with respect to accessibility research that centers disabled people, and an indication of guidance that you would like to receive. This category is particularly suited for people who are new to accessibility research.
- Experience reports of research participation, or instances in which participation was declined.
This category is open to disabled people who have previously taken part in (accessibility) research (or declined to do so).
Submissions are due on September 27, and can be made via email to email@example.com.
A11yFutures: Envisioning the Future of Accessibility Research
Organizers: Foad Hamidi Kirk Crawford, Jason Wiese, Kelly Avery Mack, Jennifer Mankoff
Workshop Website: https://make4all.github.io/a11yfutures
Submission Deadline: Thursday, September 28, 2023 (11:59 pm AOE)
Virtual Workshop Dates:
- A West Coast workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm PST at the University of Washington.
- An East Coast workshop will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2023 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST with an option to join the organizers for lunch afterwards. We are hoping to hold this at NYU but still need to confirm.
Please join us in envisioning the future of accessibility work. As technology has extended into new realms, so has our field. Accessibility research is tackling a wider variety of topic areas driven by the observation that people with disabilities are present in (and often over- or under- represented in) all of the same spaces as people without disabilities. In today’s world, technology is similarly present in all of those spaces; and this raises new types of access questions. This workshop aims to explore and develop goals for a future in which our field broadens its concept of relevant topics in the important work of studying and developing technology that supports and empowers people with disabilities.
The goals of this workshop are to develop this agenda and launch a speaker series to explore these topics over the course of the next year. We plan to rotate the time of these talks to accommodate different time zones. We also plan to work together to write a position paper that can inspire, and empower, our community to encourage, engage in, and support the work of extending our field into new and under studied domains. Participation criteria will be based on submission of a relevant writing sample (we allow new writing, previously published formal and informal writing or videos). Participants can select whether accepted papers should be made public or not. You can learn more at https://make4all.github.io/a11yfutures/.
Accessibility Research and Users with Multiple Disabilities or Complex Needs
Organizers: Arthur Theil, Birmingham City University; Chris Creed, Birmingham City University; Craig Anderton, Birmingham City University; Sayan Sarcar, Birmingham City University; Nasrine Olson, University of Borås; Raymond Holt, University of Leeds
Workshop Website: https://www.mdcnworkshop.com
Submission Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2023 (11:59 pm AOE)
Virtual Workshop Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm CEST/UTC +2 (Tentative)
Conventionally, the accessibility research community centers most of its efforts on designing assistive technologies and systems related to single categories of impairments. Although this approach has contributed to valuable progress and advancements in the field, there is a growing consensus among accessibility researchers that focusing on designing technologies for single impairments oversimplifies disability since this approach may fail to adequately address the real-world experiences of a significant population of users with complex needs. This workshop intends to challenge current paradigms in the accessibility field and serve as a forum for different researchers and practitioners to share work related to accessible technologies for users with multiple disabilities or complex needs.
We invite presentation proposals from researchers and practitioners of different disciplines interested in designing accessible technologies with and for users with multiple disabilities or complex needs. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract stating their existing work, new ideas, or their critical position related to challenges in designing technologies for users with multidimensional needs.
Abstracts should discuss issues or present novel ideas related to the workshop's theme. We also welcome submissions in the form of videos or posters. Authors must ensure the accessibility of their submission by following the SIGACCESS template and accessibility guidelines. Submissions can be made by September 15, 2023 by completing the proposal form available on the workshop website. Authors will be notified by September 22. If accepted, at least one author must attend the virtual workshop at ASSETS 2023 on Saturday 28 October (via Zoom).