The ASSETS conference explores the design, evaluation, and use of computing and information technologies to benefit people with disabilities and older adults. ASSETS is the premier forum for presenting innovative research on mainstream and specialized assistive technologies, accessible computing, and assistive applications of computer, network, and information technologies.

ASSETS is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and its SIGACCESS Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing. The single track and friendly atmosphere make ASSETS the ideal venue to meet researchers, practitioners, developers and policymakers to exchange ideas, share information and make new contacts.


High quality, original submissions are invited on computer and accessibility topics relevant to:

  • People with hearing disabilities
  • People with visual disabilities
  • People with motor disabilities
  • People with memory or cognitive disabilities
  • Older adults who may become disabled
  • Professionals or others who provide direct or remote support

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing for accessibility and universal design
  • Evaluation of accessibility
  • Studies on technology use and acceptance by people with disabilities
  • First-hand reports of user experience with technologies
  • Web accessibility
  • Mobile and personal technologies
  • Designs supporting communication and information access
  • Teaching and learning technologies for students with disabilities
  • Alternative input systems for people with disabilities
  • Navigation and wayfinding assistance
  • Non-visual presentation of information

Submissions should present novel ideas, techniques, systems, tools, evaluations, scientific investigations, methodologies, social issues or policy issues.

Where relevant, work that includes empirical data from the target user group is strongly preferred. ASSETS strives to publish research that carefully addresses the issues involved when individuals with disabilities interact with information technologies. In general, this means that empirical studies should include participants that are representative of the intended users of the system being studied. This does not mean that all participants must be representative of the intended users, but it does mean that some individuals fitting this description should be included in an appropriate way in the data collection process. In some cases, articles may be accepted for publication if representative users are not included in studies, but only if a sufficiently compelling argument is presented as to why it is appropriate or necessary to use non-representative users and any implications of this decision are adequately addressed. Authors should refer to the General Writing Guidelines for Technology and People with Disabilities when preparing submissions.

Submission Procedures

ASSETS accepts submissions in the following categories:

All contributions are peer-reviewed by an international Program Committee. Accepted papers, posters and demonstrations will be archived in the ACM digital library. At least one author of accepted submissions must register as the presenter by the early registration deadline. Submissions MUST contain substantial original, unpublished material. Please refer to the ACM policy on plagiarism for guidance.

Important Dates

  • Requesting mentors: TBD
  • Technical paper submission: May 3, 2013, Friday
  • Notification of technical paper acceptance: June 14, 2013, Friday
  • Posters and demos submission: June 28, 2013, Friday
  • Experience Report submission: June 28, 2013, Friday
  • Doctoral consortium submission: June 28, 2013, Friday
  • Student research competition submission: June 28, 2013, Friday
  • Notification of posters and demos acceptance: July 24, 2013, Wednesday
  • Notification of experience reports acceptance: July 24, 2013, Wednesday
  • Notification of doctoral consortium acceptance: July 24, 2013, Wednesday
  • Notification of student research competition acceptance: July 24, 2013, Wednesday

All deadlines are at midnight HAST (GMT-10:00) on the specified day.