SIGACCESS Newsletter

André Rodrigues, Editor-in-Chief, University of Lisbon,

Inside this Issue

Welcome to the October 2020 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. The first two articles feature the work by the authors of the best Technical and Best Communication award from W4A 2020. First, Eraslan et al. discuss the ScanPath algorithm and its capabilities in detecting autism discussing the opportunities for future work. Next, Sala et al. presents a user study of five Spanish public e-services. The last article by Lynn Kirabo discusses the interplay between universal design and interaction designs for the Global South, the work was presented at ASSETS 2019 Doctoral Consortium. Lastly, make sure to check out the details of the SIGACCESS Elections 2021.


The first article, written by Sukru Eraslan, Yeliz Yesilada, Victoria Yaneva and Simon Harper is a follow-up to their award wining paper presented at W4A (Best Technical Paper). In this article, Eraslan et al. summarize their experimental results with ScanPath algorithm which shows that it is possible to detect autism with approximately 60%, highlighting future directions and its potential applications.


Aritz Sala, Myriam Arrue, J. Eduardo Pérez and Sandra M. Espín-Tello, the authors of the paper who won the Best Communication Award at W4A 2020, present their work evaluating public Spanish e-services. The work explores the barriers around online forms and discusses how to design accessible e-services.


In this article, Lynn Kirabo uses the goals of universal design, like cultural appropriateness, to understand the needs of diverse users in Kampala, Uganda, and Kigali, Rwanda in public transportation. The work seeks to bridge the knowlege gap of the interplay between universal design and interaction designs for the Global South.

SIGACCESS Elections 2021

In early 2021 SIGACCESS will be holding elections for the positions of Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary-Treasurer.

SIGACCESS is calling for members of the community to run for these positions. To learn more about these roles and how to get on the ballot, please contact Shari Trewin (, or any of the current SIGACCESS officers, or join us at ASSETS 2020 for an 'Ask Me Anything' session.

The elected candidates will serve a three-year term from July 2021-June 2024. All candidates must be ACM Professional Members, as well as members of SIGACCESS (it's quick and easy to join online!)

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Shari Trewin, Chair. Shari is a researcher in the Accessibility Leadership team at IBM Research, an ACM Distinguished Scientist, and Chair of ACM's Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing (SIGACCESS). Her research interests lie in accessibility, usability, and artificial intelligence technologies. Recently she has been working on AI Fairness for People with Disabilities, automation of accessibility test and repair, better prioritization of accessibility isses found by tools, enhancing automated captions, and an accessibility ontology for industry.

Matt Huenerfauth, Vice-Chair. Matt is a professor in the Golisano College of Computer and Information Sciences at the The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he is a member of the faculty of the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies and the Ph.D. program in Computer and Information Sciences. Huenerfauth and his students conduct research on computer accessibility for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, assistive technology for people with disabilities, human computer interaction, and computational linguistics.

Jinjuan Heidi Feng, Secretary Treasurer. Heidi is a professor in the Computer and Information Sciences Department and the director of the School of Emerging Technologies at Towson University. She received a Ph.D. in Information Sciences from UMBC in 2005. She conducts research in the area of Human-Computer Interaction, universal accessibility, Health-informatics, and usable and accessible Security. She works closely with national and local communities to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through information technology.

André Rodrigues, Newsletter Editor. André Rodrigues is currently a Post-Doc researcher at the Universidade de Lisboa. His PhD research was focused on smartphone accessibility working closely with visually impaired people. He is currently interested in exploring how tecnhology can and is leveregered in accessibility, health and gaming, and how the three intersect.

Sushant Kafle, Information Director. Sushant is a Ph.D. student in Computing and Information Science at the Golisano College of Computing and Information Science, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) under the advisement of Prof. Matt Huenerfauth. His research aims to inform the evaluation and the design of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology for use in captioning for people who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH).