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Welcome to the June 2023 issue of the ACM SIGACCESS newsletter. This issue highlights the ASSETS 2022 conference and includes an article by Arthur Theil titled “Challenges in Conducting Accessibility Reserach with Users with Multiple, Profound, or Complex Disabilities” that summarizes disucssions from a workshop held at ASSETS in 2022.

Overview of ASSETS 2022

In this overview of the 24th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility held in Athens, Greece, between October 23rd and 26th, Stephanie Ludi and Kristen Shinohara share highlights from their role as Co-Technical Program Chairs. The overview provides a day-by-day summary of the technical program, a highlight of the amazing keynote speakers, a breakdown of the submissions, details about the Student Research Competition, a list of the inaugural Workshops, a recap of the Doctoral Consortium, a synopsis of the awards, and acknowledgments of the significant effort needed from all involved to make ASSETS 2022 a wonderful success.   

Challenges in Conducting Accessibility Research with Users with Multiple, Profound, or Complex Disabilities

n this article, Arthur Theil presents a summary of discussions initiated during the ASSETS 2022 workshop titled “Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Designing Accessible Systems for Users with Multiple Impairments: Grand Challenges and Opportunities for Future Research” which was one of the five workshops in the inaugural year. The article advocates the need for future research to include people with multiple, profound, or complex disabilities and discusses grand challenges, including standards related to methods, terminology, complexity, and plurality of needs, resources, and expertise that the field should address moving forward by using inter-and-multidisciplinary approaches.

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