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

Research Article

Accessible and UsableWebsites 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 UsableWebsites 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={Inf orma tion and Comm unica tion Technol ogy, Mobile Applica tions, Websites, Accessibility , Usability , Autism Spectrum Disorders.},
        doi={10.4108/eai.17-5-2017.152549}
    }
    
  • Antonina Dattolo
    Flaminia L. Luccio
    Year: 2017
    Accessible and UsableWebsites 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 incl usion represen t desir able challeng es of curren t research in the fie d of univ ersal design: in some cases, these features require adaptiv e beha viours and specialised customisa tions, while, in gener al, it is possible to iden tify common and shareable guidelines. We focus our atten tion on chil dren with autism spectrum disorders. Many studies show the positiv e impact of using computer technol ogies for supporting the liv es of these users. Despite tha t, just a restricted part of the curren t websites and apps is accessible and usable for people with ASD. In this paper , we presen t gener al and shared guidelines and best practices for accessibility and usability for all; and we propose specialised guidelines for designers and dev elopers of websites and mobile applica tions for users with ASD. We then presen t a review of man y of the existing websites and applica tions, in order to check which compl y with all, or parts of these guidelines.