EAI Endorsed Transactions on Ambient Systems 17(13): e5

Research Article

Accessible and Usable Websites and Mobile Applications for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders: a Comparative Study

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.17-5-2017.152549,
        author={Antonina Dattolo and Flaminia L. Luccio},
        title={Accessible and Usable Websites and Mobile Applications for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders: a Comparative Study},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Ambient Systems},
        volume={17},
        number={13},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={AMSYS},
        year={2017},
        month={5},
        keywords={Information and Communication Technology, Mobile Applications, Websites, Accessibility, Usability, Autism Spectrum Disorders.},
        doi={10.4108/eai.17-5-2017.152549}
    }
    
  • Antonina Dattolo
    Flaminia L. Luccio
    Year: 2017
    Accessible and Usable Websites and Mobile Applications for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders: a Comparative Study
    AMSYS
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.17-5-2017.152549
Antonina Dattolo1,*, Flaminia L. Luccio2
  • 1: SASWEB Lab, DMIF, Università degli Studi di Udine, Gorizia, Italy
  • 2: DAIS, Univ ersità Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Venezia, Italy
*Contact email: antonina.dattolo@uniud.it

Abstract

Accessibility, usability and inclusion represent desirable challenges of current research in the field of universal design: in some cases, these features require adaptive behaviours and specialised customisations, while, in general, it is possible to identify common and hareable guidelines. We focus our attention on hildren with autism spectrum disorders. Many studies show the positive impact of using computer technologies for supporting the lives of these users. Despite that, just a restricted part of the current websites and apps is accessible and usable for people with ASD. In this paper, we present general and shared guidelines and best practices for accessibility and usability for all; and we propose specialised guidelines for designers and developers of websites and mobile applications for users with ASD. We then present a review of many of the existing websites and applications, in order to check which comply with all, or parts of these guidelines.