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Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion photographs
Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility
and Fighting Info-exclusion

25-26 November 2010 - SAE - Littlemore Park, Armstrong Road, Oxford, OX4 4FY Oxford, United Kingdom (

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Keynote Speaker

   Developing an accessible user interface: creativity and the art of stealing
By Professor Morten Tollefsen - Media Lunde Tollefsen AS, Norway

Professor Morten Tollefsen
Physiotherapy has been, and still is, a common occupation for visually impaired. Administrative software is used to set up time sheets, for billing purposes, for writing journals etc. In Norway commercial software used by physiotherapists has not been accessible for blind and visually impaired. Funds were therefore granted for the development of an appropriate product / user interface for these users.
In this lecture I want to show how badly a standard product could work with assistive devices. Furthermore, I will show how much potential there is for accessibility with today's technology and development tools.
The program for administration of physiotherapy includes innovative solutions for many of the main challenges for visually impaired, for example efficient use of forms, tables, and use of date fields / calendars. Are these solutions only smart for the visually impaired, or are they smart solutions for everyone?

Morten Tollefsen took a masters degree in computing in 1991. He worked at the University of Oslo and Oslo municipality until 1999, when he started the company MediaLT with Magne Lunde. Both Lunde and Tollefsen are blind.
They wanted to start a company with focus on three key areas of ICT for the disabled: research and innovation, training, and adaptation. MediaLT currently has 15 employees and has become a leading R & D community in ICT for disabled people in Norway.
Tollefsen has led several national research projects, and participated in a number of EU projects. Tollefsen is particularly concerned with human-machine interaction, and since the introduction of www, has worked with accessibility of web-based user interfaces.