USAB 2009 – Usability & HCI Conference

Learning from the Extreme

USAB 2009 Conference

November 09-10, 2009
Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

The Workgroup Human–Computer Interaction & Usability Engineering (HCI&UE) of the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) serves as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange, research and development. Our 2009 topic is Human–Computer Interaction for e-Inclusion (HCI4eIn), Culminating in the 5th Annual Usability Symposium USAB 2009.

Special Tracks

  • Special Track on Ambient Assisted Living:
    Solutions, Experience and Challenges
  • Special Track on Design for Adaptive Content Processing

Important Dates

Paper submission: July, 21st, 2009
Notification of acceptance: August, 14th, 200
Camera-ready Paper: September, 7th, 2009

Registration Information

Service                               Price
Regular Conference Fee            EUR 180.- incl. VAT
Reduced Conference Fee            EUR 110.- incl. VAT
Student's Fee                     EUR 40.- incl. VAT

Catering and Conference Proceedings are included. Reduced Conference Fee for OCG Members, Members of the British Computer Society and Speakers. Membership of OCG and British Computer Society as well as student-ID will be checked.

International Disability: United Kingdom

  • Web Accessibility Laws & Policies: United Kingdom lists governmental policies related to web accessibility.
  • Ability Needs magazine for the less able and their carers made available within special needs groups, nursing homes and NHS Trusts throughout the United Kingdom in addition to being distributed to disabled people and NHS and Social Services Occupational Therapists free of charge through our extensive mobility mailing information. And is on sale nationally; additional copies of Ability Needs Magazine are also available at Shopmobility outlets throughout the UK.
  • "Accessibility: CHI 2001 and Beyond" in Ariadne, Issue 28
  • Action for Dystonia, Diagnosis, Education & Research (ADDER)
  • Action for Blind People merged with RNIB On 1 April 2017, Action for Blind People merged with RNIB. This allows them to help more blind and partially sighted people by combining their services, knowledge, and expertise within one charity.
  • Action on Hearing Loss – formerly the Royal National Institute of the Deaf (RNID) – the largest charity representing the 9 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK.
  • Age UK
  • Autochair (wheelchair and scooter carriers). AutoChair designs and manufactures hoists and other aids to assist people with disabilities and reduced mobility to get into their car or van.
  • British Dyslexia Association
  • British Institute for Brain Injured Children (BIBIC)
  • British Telecommunications (BT) Including You – Understanding Impairments Information for BT users who need help for Hearing, Sight, Speech & language, Mobility Dexterity, Understanding & using technology. If you or someone you know has an impairment, discover more about the impact it can have on day-to-day life, and how BT can help. We want to make sure our products and services are available to everyone – whatever their need. That’s why we have made this website – and all our products and services – as accessible as possible, so they’re easy to use. Find out about our commitment to you – and about our work with other organisations.
  • British Standard 8878 (BS 8878) is a Web Accessibility Code of Practice which was published by the British Standards Institute (BSI). BS 8878 is part of the UK government’s broader self-regulatory approach to standardization. The standard was officially launched on 7 December 2010. BS 8878 defines a process for creating and embedding a web accessibility strategy within an organisation. It is written in non technical language and is aimed at people within an organisation who have responsibilities for web strategy or development. It encompasses web sites, web applications, software as a service, cloud based services and other services accessed via a web browser. BS 8878 is not intended as a competitor or alternative to the WCAG standard developed by W3C WAI. Rather, it defines the processes needed in the planning and deployment of accessible web products. This can include the selection of WCAG guidelines.
  • BSI Website accessibility for all (.pdf) is a consumer's guide to the British Standard for Web Accessibility (BS 8878)
  • Center for Accessible Environments (CAE) is concerned with the practicalities of inclusive design in the built environment.
  • Citizens Online is a national charity that was set up to tackle the issues of digital exclusion, to make sure that the Internet is available to everybody and to help individuals and communities understand and gain the benefits of being online.
  • Cognitive Disability in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Education
  • Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002  Updated
  • Disability Arts International is a website and regular digital newsletter developed and coordinated by the British Council, the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities It aims to promote the work of the unique generation of excellent disabled artists, disabled-led companies and inclusive arts organisations. The website aims to share the ways arts organisations are increasing access to the arts for disabled people as audiences and visitors. also seeks to explore and contrast different cultural policy and funding environments.  New
  • Disability Equality Scotland seeks to promote independent living, removing barriers to inequality for those affected by disability in Scotland. [Scotland]
  • Disability Studies Centre, University of Leeds
  • Disabled Holidays travel without limits. Holidays for people with disabilities including wheelchair accessible visitor attractions, activities, and accommodations
  • Disabled Access Holidays is an online travel agent offering services to disabled people throughout the UK. It provide financial protection through its membership of the award winning Global Travel Group on all wheelchair accessible holidays abroad. Disabled Access Holidays Ltd and its sister company Mobility Equipment Hire Direct Ltd offer wheelchair accessible accommodation, mobility equipment hire, wheelchair adapted taxi transfers and wheelchair assistance on flights to destinations throughout the world.
  • Disability news and blogs by the BBC:
    • The very best of the BBC's stories and analysis about disability and mental health can be found on the Disability News Index page.
    • The BBC "Ouch" blog is no longer being updated as of February 2017. The Ouch Team moved all their best features, videos, and audio to the BBC Ouch programmes page: Ouch! Disability Talk
    • Although they are no longer updating the blog, you might want to scroll through it anyway as there are some great posts which might be of interest: "Ouch" blog archives.
  • Disabled People the merger of and the "disabled people" section of Directgov. Directgov offers disabled people information on a wide range of topics including financial support, home and housing, leisure and travel, as well as disability rights information.
  • Disability Rights UK a disability network
  • Disability Information Scotland [Scotland]
  • Disability Rights Commission Formal Investigation Report: Web Accessibility (April 14th, 2004). The report is called "The Web: Access and Inclusion for Disabled People" (.pdf). There is a PDF of the full report, an "easy read" version in PDF format, an RTF version, and a Welsh or Cymru version in RTF.
  • "DisinHe: Web content accessibility" by Paul Booth, 20-Sep-1999, Ariadne, Issue 21
  • Dystonia Society
  • Down's Heart Group (DHG)
  • Employment Rights Directgov Employment Relations Information for Workers
  • English as a Foreign Language (University of Sussex Language Institute)
  • Equality Act 2010: guidance Information and guidance on the Equality Act 2010, including age discrimination and public sector Equality Duty.
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Ergonomics & Safety Research Institute (ESRI)
  • Essential Aids
  • Food Allergy UK Natural Common Allergens, Chemical Allergens, E-Numbers and Food Additives [United Kingdom]  Updated
  • Genetic Alliance UK is the national charity working to improve the lives of patients and families affected by all types of genetic conditions. We are an alliance of over 160 patient organisations.
  • Guide Dogs The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
  • Headway, the brain injury association
  • Helen Hamlyn Research Centre Centre for inclusive design. Royal College of Art postgraduate art and design.
  • Interactive Systems Research Group (ISRG) Projects, Nottingham Trent University
  • Inclusion International promoting inclusion, equality and opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities and their families worldwide. [United Kingdom]
  • Inclusive Design ToolKit from the University of Cambridge, Engineering Design Centre
  • Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
  • Leonard Cheshire Disability – the leading charity provider of services for disabled people in the UK and operate in 57 countries across the world
  • MENCAP "Understanding learning disability" Mencap can help you make your information easy to understand for people with a learning disability. Or, if you have a learning disability, you might like to see their easy to read web pages and publications.
  • Mental Health Act 2007 (also available in plain text and PDF) [United Kingdom]
  • Mental Health Law Online
  • Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a charity and coalition of UK organisations with a vision to see all women across the UK get consistent, accessible and quality care and support for their mental health during pregnancy and in the year after giving birth.
  • Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (also available in plain text and PDF)
  • Mind
  • National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS)
  • National Autistic Society (NAS)
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
  • Open University Services for Disabled Students resources for students, including good guidance on thinking about their needs, legal advice, course materials in alternate formats, and more.
  • REMAP provides one-off technical aids which help disabled people of all ages to enjoy a better lifestyle. Every aid is given free of charge to the user. Remap operates through a network of 1,500 volunteers. The professional engineers, technicians, and craftspeople – along with medical and paramedical staff from community services and hospitals – all belong to approximately 100 panels (groups) linked to regions across the UK, with Scotland and the Isle of Man operating separately.
  • REMAP Scotland consists of engineers, occupational and physiotherapists, and other professionals engaged in helping people with their disabilities. Objective: "The design and construction of appliances to meet the individual needs of handicapped people where such cannot be provided by any other means, and the promotion of closer liaison between the Engineering and Caring professions." Members are volunteers and rely on donations of materials and funds from the general public. No charges are made to clients for the devices supplied. [Scotland]
  • Resuscitation Council (UK)
  • RLS-UK is a registered charity dedicated to helping people who suffer with Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED).
  • Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK's leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.
  • Rompa SNOEZELEN® Multi Sensory Environments sensory stimulation therapy
  • Disability Information Scotland is a national project that provides reliable, accurate, and accessible information for people living with disability in Scotland. They offer several free online certificate courses designed to improve your general knowledge and understanding of accessible Information.They also provide excellent Training Resources & Publications [Scotland]  New
  • Skill: National Bureau for Students With Disabilities is a national charity promoting opportunities for young people and adults with any kind of disability in post-16 education, training and employment across the UK.
  • Sportability (taking the ‘did’ out of disability) is a British charity that provides sporting and adventurous activities for people with all forms of paralysis. Their motto is "If I can do this, what else can I achieve." [Note: the side navigation in this site doesn’t work well in Firefox on the Mac so you will need to View Source to get at the side navigation links.]
  • Turner Syndrome Support Society
  • Technology guides: Staying in Touch – a guide that contains information about accessible mobile phones and software applications for blind and partially sighted people that are available from RNIB and other suppliers. [United Kingdom / Spain]
  • UK debut for ‘blind’ mobile by Geoff Adams-Spink. The first mobile phone designed specifically for blind and partially sighted people.BBC News, 23 November 2003
  • University Students With Autism And Asperger's Syndrome
  • W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Statement on Web Access Report from the UK Disability Rights Commission
  • "Web Accessibility and the DDA" by Martin Sloan, The Journal of Information, Law and Technology (JILT), 2001
  • Webcredible