15 Personas of IT Users with Disabilities

Last updated: May 30, 2016

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Thanks, ÆGIS Project! The ÆGIS project has a gift for you – 15 personas of IT users with disabilities. No more procrastination on your projects!

Visit the Ægis Personas page to download the PDF files for each persona. This blog post gives you a quick overview of the personas you'll find on the Ægis site, as well as an introduction to ÆGIS and to the persona concept.

Personas with Cognitive Impairment

  • Dementia/Alzheimer disease – Peter Vandezande (Multiple Sclerosis – memory loss – reduced dexterity)
  • Dysarthria – Emma Karlsson (Dysarthria)
  • Learning disability (LD) – Nitesh Sarin (Dyslexic and colour blind), Adam Ljung (Learning disability)
  • Learning disability (LD), Speech and language disorders – Nitesh Sarin (Dyslexic and colour blind), Jane Brown (Cerebral Palsy)
  • Learning disability (LD), Academic skills disorders – Jane Brown (Cerebral Palsy)

Personas with Hearing Impairments

  • Conductive Hearing Loss – Emma Karlsson (Dysarthria), Edward Hodgins (Hypoacusis)
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss – Edward Hodgins (Hypoacusis)
  • Profound hearing loss – Edward Hodgins (Hypoacusis), Tomasa Almaraz (Deaf)

Personas with Vision Impairments

  • Low vision / Loss of central vision – Märta Hansson (Macular degeneration)
  • Low vision / Blurred vision – Gert Van Dijk (Partly blurred vision)
  • Blindness – Paulina Reyes (Blind)
  • Colour-blindness – Nitesh Sarin (Dyslexic and colour blind)

Personas with Communication Received and Producing Impairments

  • Expressive language disorder – Carlos Portillo (Moderate Aphasia – Paraphasia), Wayne Edwards (Global aphasia – short term memory loss), Emma Karlsson (Dysarthria)
  • Communication disability – Tomasa Almaraz (Deaf), Carlos Portillo (Moderate Aphasia – Paraphasia), Wayne Edwards (Global aphasia – short term memory loss), Emma Karlsson (Dysarthria), Nitesh Sarin (Dyslexic and colour blind), Jane Brown (Cerebral Palsy)

Personas with Upper Limb Impairment

  • Cerebral palsy – Mikel Vargas (Spina bifida), Jane Brown (Cerebral Palsy)
  • Multiple sclerosis – Peter Vandezande (Multiple Sclerosis – memory loss – reduced dexterity)
  • Dystrophy -Caroline Combs (Muscular dystrophy)
  • Absent limb/ reduced limb function – Peter Vandezande (Multiple Sclerosis – memory loss – reduced dexterity), Ramin El-Fassi (Dexterity problems), Caroline Combs (Muscular dystrophy), Mikel Vargas (Spina bifida), Jane Brown (Cerebral Palsy)

Personas of Two Developers

  • Software developer – Benoit Dupré
  • Accessibility expert – Clyde Channi

What is the ÆGIS project?

ÆGIS is a consortium examining accessibility in mainstream ICT and actually providing solutions. Read the ÆGIS Project Objectives for far more details.

What are personas?

It's rather simplistic to compare them to those imaginary friends from childhood. The following quote is just part of the more formal description from ÆGIS on the persona page:

Personas are hypothetical archetypes of actual users. Although they are imaginary, they are defined with significant rigour and precision. This level of accuracy can only be reached by founding the personas on real data obtained from field research studying real people. The aim here is to make them approachable for all members of a project-team so that developers, designers, managers and other stakeholders can develop empathy for their end-users.

Thank you!

Geek that I am, I was really excited when I saw this information posted on Twitter; thanks are in order. Thanks to @RadicalRaeves for the first tweet, which was retweeted by @halans, then by @readingroom_au, and finally by @RuthEllison.