Subgroups/Mental Health

From Cognitive Accessibility Task Force

Mental Health Subgroup

Sub Group of the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force on Mental Health


The Mental Health Subgroup is working on a research module on Web accessibility to effectively address accessibility needs for those with behavioral and mental health disorders. This may result in new user stories, user needs, patterns and other guidance in Making content usable for people with cognitive and learning disabilities.

This work was requested after the overlap between cognitive abilities and mental health became clear.

Definition: Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities. (from American Psychiatric Association

Conference Call Information

After the main Coga call every third week - see [Subgroups] for the schedule

To Do's


  • All: Review articles, and put them in the form.
  • Justine: Contact Michael Cooper to initiate conversation about mental health from a functional needs perspective.


  • do we need more documents on to our review list , is the list complete (justien?)
  • when list is complete - identify new patterns and make proposals
  • Reformat paper to research module template (pending/slow burn)

Slow burns

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

  • Chairs: Process for supporting anonymous participation in W3C contexts?
  • Determine methodology (slow burn)

Scribe List


Current actions

Other links


  • First draft - End July 2021
  • Team: David, Albert, John K, Chris, Justine (coordinator), Rachael, Mark H, Some input from Lisa