Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force Teleconference

02 Aug 2021


Albert, Rachael, Fazio, LisaSeemanKest


Discuss lit review form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGrqJKV7RluoYrKHJN8cBJH3w9sDx7lAlAhcV0BeBTUVybkw/viewform?usp=sf_link

<LisaSeemanKest> https://www.w3.org/TR/coga-user-research/

<LisaSeemanKest> https://w3c.github.io/coga/user-research/#informative-references


<LisaSeemanKest> [Weiler-1]

<LisaSeemanKest> Information processing deficits in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, inattentive type, and children with reading disability. Weiler, M. D.; Bernstein, J. H.; Bellinger, D.; Waber, D. P. et al. Journal of Learning Disabilities, Vol 35 Issue 5.

Guide is at https://www.w3.org/Guide/manual-of-style/#ref-section

<LisaSeemanKest> [Wockl-1]

<LisaSeemanKest> Basic senior personas: a representative design tool covering the spectrum of European older adults. Wockl, B.; Yildizoglu, U. et al. ASSETS '12 The proceedings of the 13th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on computers and accessibility, pages 25-32.


Lisa: At the top put a link to the google sheet with instructions. The review is kept in the excel. The list of items reviewed including unimportant ones is in the google sheet.

<LisaSeemanKest> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cF0PjPkEBeXGZqj0_0SKl-H2QE0sCHVIAL07UnD8vzc/edit#

Rachael to come back with a revised approach.

Action review

<LisaSeemanKest> https://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/task-forces/coga/wiki/Subgroups/Mental_Health

All: Add sensitivities/considerations for supporting the needs of individuals with mental health conditions as they work with the subgroup.

Postpone action review.


Albert: Should the sensitivities be its own document?

Revisit this conversation next week when Justine can moderate.

Albert: May be easier to navigate if each topic is in its own document vs in a single paper

Discuss research paper findings

Lisa did a couple. One was about buying commonly prescribed drugs online and that could be potentially harmful. Don't think that is relevant. Didn't talk about what made it more usable.

Another one talked about veterans using the internet. Found that vets with serious mental health issues much less likely to use the internet. Found people w/ PTSD used it less than those with Schitzophrenia. The issue was that it was done within VA with support. We are looking for information about people using internet independently. Didn't address design features. The key finding that when people didn't manage the site, they blamed


Lisa: Participants thought they didn't have the knowledge. They had the knowledge but couldn't get over the accessibility barriers. Key issue is self blame.

Rachael: Need a medium importance category

David: Important when combined with fatigue and other challenges.
... will likely need to combine pieces.

Lisa: Move to important. Another one I looked at. I have a lot of problems with their research but it was useful. It should have been more useful. 3 alternative design models, all of which were ugly, and tested to see which people found easier to use. Severe mental illnesses and Schizophrenia.

<Fazio> link?

Lisa: people found people got lost in the structure. Need more concrete. Instead of questions, need "more questions about Schizophrenia" This article was from 2007. That may have changed since then. Or could be the look of the websites was bad.
... I think there is something there but wouldn't want to rely on it too much.
... definte maybe. Be careful due to methodology and age
... what they call "flat design" is different than what we call flat design. They meant no hierarchy. Single page.

<LisaSeemanKest> https://doi.org/10.1037/1541-1559.4.3.202.

<LisaSeemanKest> rachael, can you assign me two more to review?

Fazio: Looked at a literary review of existing research. Medical professionals looked at WCAG and idetnified which criteria affect Mental health and cognition. Categorized each mental health condition each criteria applied to. Had a lot of comments. Also identified lack of credibility due to lack of reference of DSM.
... consider reference DSM more often. Need more medical professionals involved to to do that.


<LisaSeemanKest> i had questions on daves? maybe next week?

Albert: Identified research papers but looking through they didn't include design patterns. Removed from list after reviewing. Reached out to a USC clinical research psychologist who is interested in technical research. Asked if interested in research. Added to excel file with draft.
... he is curious about the time commitment.

Rachael: Had you run invitation by Lisa and Rain yet?

Albert: Provided link to the COGA group.

Lisa: Part of the discussion about the community group provides more ability. He could join the community group. CC myself, Rain and Roy when sending out emails so we can answer questions. He sounds like he could be very helpful. Maybe forward the email you sent or write back and cc group saying I'm including them on this email to answer questions directly.

Summary of Action Items

Summary of Resolutions

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