Leah Findlater

Autumn 2019

Current Trends in Accessibility Research

This directed research group will focus on understanding and synthesizing current trends in accessibility research for people with disabilities. By reading and analyzing a selection of recent research papers (e.g., from CHI and ASSETS 2019), we will examine questions such as: What types of research problems are most commonly being addressed? What range of populations are included? What models of disability are explicitly or implicitly employed? What research opportunities exist?

We will meet weekly to discuss one or more readings and to reflect on directions for future work. Students will be expected to submit reading reflections and/or to help lead the weekly discussions. 

Expectations. The weekly meetings will be 3-4pm Thursdays. This DRG is for 2 credit hours. Students are expected to attend the meetings and to spend 2-4 hours outside of class each week reading and responding to the readings to prepare for the group meeting. (Note: A 1-credit hour only option may also be possible, but please discuss this in advance with the professor.)

Who can apply? Students at any level who are excited about reading peer-reviewed research papers and participating in academic research-oriented discussions are welcome to apply.

How to apply? Space in this DRG is limited. Please submit a brief statement (200-500 words) explaining your interest in the DRG by email to by September 23, 2019. 

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