Human Factors in the Design of Arabic-Language Interfaces in Assistive Technologies for Learning Difficulties

  • Sahar Alkhashrami
  • Huda Alghamdi
  • Areej Al-Wabil
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8511)


This paper reports on insights gained from collaborations between multi-disciplinary research teams and practitioners in a Disability Service Center in King Saud University (KSU) in Saudi Arabia. Projects were conducted in the context of designing, developing and evaluating different assistive technologies in the university’s Software and Knowledge Engineering Research Group. In these projects, methodological considerations have been reported for effectively involving domain specialists in research and development projects for assistive technologies. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are often involved in the technology design cycles of these projects in various roles (e.g. design partners, design informants, testers). This paper highlights the human factors relevant for the design and evaluation of interactive systems for SpLDs that were synthesized from these collaborative contexts. We also shed light on issues to consider in the design partnerships between researchers and practitioners for requirements engineering and user acceptance testing phases of system development. Implications for the design and development of systems for SpLDs in other languages and cultural contexts are discussed.


SpLD Learning Difficulty Dyslexia Brain-Computer Interaction BCI Usability User Experience Disability Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD Augmentative and Alternative Communication AAC Arabic Interfaces 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sahar Alkhashrami
    • 1
  • Huda Alghamdi
    • 2
  • Areej Al-Wabil
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Special Education, College of EducationKing Saud UniversitySaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Disability Service CenterKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Software Engineering Department, College of Computer and Information Sciences, Software and Knowledge Engineering Research GroupKing Saud UniversitySaudi Arabia

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