Groupware Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

  • John G. Schoeberlein
  • Yuanqiong (Kathy) Wang
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5616)


The accessibility issues of Groupware applications prevent visually impaired and other persons with disabilities access to these highly graphical interfaces. To address the accessibility issues persons with disabilities have with Groupware, a recent literature review on Groupware accessibility was performed. This paper reviews recent research to identify the accessibility issues; the input devices and output forms utilized to improve accessibility; and, the proposed solutions for Groupware accessibility. The conclusion is that encapsulating or overlaying the Groupware interface with an accessible auditory interface was a common solution to accessibility. Future research is needed in the following areas: guidelines for accessibility; identifying accessibility issues that users with disabilities may face; promoting awareness of the accessibility issues; evaluating groupware accessibility; design of accessible auditory interfaces; system/software support for persons with disabilities working in isolation; support for alternative input and output devices for persons with disabilities.


CSCW Groupware accessibility blind visually impaired dyslexia user Interface assistive technology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John G. Schoeberlein
    • 1
  • Yuanqiong (Kathy) Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Towson UniversityMarylandUSA

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