Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force (Cognitive A11Y TF) Work Statement
The Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force is a task force of the Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG). It assists these Working Groups with the work identified below.
This is a Work Statement for the Cognitive A11Y TF. It has been approved by the PFWG and the WCAG WG. Recruiting is beginning and the Task Force will soon be active.
The objective of the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force is to improve Web accessibility for people with cognitive and learning disabilities. This will begin with research and gap analysis. Then the group will develop draft proposed guidance and techniques to make web content, content authoring, and user agent implementation accessible and more useable by people with cognitive and learning disabilities. It will also review existing techniques and consider ways to improve them, and build new techniques where necessary.
The Cognitive A11Y TF will:
- Identify related work inside and outside of the W3C;
- Review existing techniques and propose new features where needed;
- Gather information on different related technologies and techniques including where techniques in support of cognitive and learning disabled users may conflict with what is needed for other users;
- Build a repository of related research into cognition and disabilities;
- Build a use case repository to describe different cognitive disabilities and scenarios for how persons with atypical ability profiles use technology successfully or unsuccessfully;
- Make predictions of where technology is headed;
- Identify stakeholders, from whom the task force can solicit ongoing feedback;
- Document business cases and identify areas of resistance, risks and opportunities.
The task force expects to produce some testable authoring techniques, but also expects to produce techniques that are not testable. Tests and feedback will help ensure techniques give real benefits to end users and can be used by authors, tool providers, browsers, and assistive technologies.
The task force plans to produce the following deliverables:
- Gap analysis;
- Roadmap document;
- Techniques for Web content authors.
The Task Force may form subteams to carry out work of the Task Force.
The following presents a rough timeline of the work:
The Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force has the following dependencies:
- PFWG to utilize this group's previous and current work that addresses the cognitive accessibility space;
- WCAG WG to ensure accurate interpretation and representation of WCAG requirements;
- HTML5 and ARIA Techniques Task Force to leverage the development of HTML 5 and ARIA techniques for cognitive accessibility.
The Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force will also coordinate with the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) where necessary to improve the writing, presentation, and educational value of the developed materials.
The Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force communications are publicly visible. Communication mechanisms for the Task Force will include:
- Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force mailing list and mailing list archive;
- Use of a wiki to share development of resources;
- Web-based surveys to poll group opinion;
- Issue Tracker to manage issues and actions;
- IRC discussion on the #coga IRC channel, used largely for minute-taking;
- Weekly teleconferences, minutes from the teleconferences are also sent to WCAG WG and UAWG mailing lists;
- Regular updates and feedback to the PFWG and WCAG WG, and potentially the WAI Coordination Group (WAI CG) as needed;
- Regular submission of deliverables to the WCAG WG and UAWG for approval;
- Summary of current status and progress on the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force home page.
To join the Cognitive A11Y TF, individuals must be participants of either the PFWG or the WCAG WG. Participants are expected to actively contribute to the work of Cognitive A11Y TF, including:
- Minimum 4 hours per week of Cognitive A11Y TF work (this time also counts towards the individual's participation requirement in the sponsoring WG through which they have joined);
- Remain current on the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force mailing list and respond in a timely manner to postings;
- Participate in Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force telephone meetings, or send regrets to the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force mailing list.
Contact Janina Sajka, Joshue O Connor, Andrew Kirkpatrick to become a participant of Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force or with questions.
Staff contacts oversee attention to W3C Process with respect to the chartered requirements. The Facilitator(s) set agenda, lead meetings, determine consensus, and are the primary liaison to the WGs.
- Co-Facilitators: Lisa Seeman, second to be determined
- PFWG and WCAG WG Staff Contact: Michael Cooper