Fourteenth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Fourteenth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and
October 22-24, 2012
Boulder, Colorado, USA

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 on topics relevant to computers and
accessibility are invited. This includes the use of technology by and in
support of:

* Individuals with hearing, sight and other sensory impairments
* Individuals with motor impairments
* Individuals with memory, learning and cognitive impairments
* Individuals with multiple impairments
* Older adults with diverse capabilities
* Professionals who work with these populations

Submissions should present novel ideas, designs, techniques, systems,
tools, evaluations, scientific investigations, methodologies, social
issues or policy issues relating to:
* Assistive technologies that improve day-to-day life
* Assistive technologies that improve access to mainstream Computer and
Information Technologies
* Innovative use of mainstream technologies to overcome access barriers
* Accessibility and usability of mainstream technologies
* Identification of barriers to technology access that are not addressed
by existing research

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:
* Technical papers
* Posters
* Demonstrations
* Student research competition
* Doctoral consortium

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: March 2, 2012, Friday
* Technical paper submission: May 4, 2012, Friday
* Notification of technical paper acceptance: June 15, 2012, Friday
* Posters and demos submission: June 29, 2012, Friday
* Doctoral consortium submission: June 29, 2012, Friday
* Student research competition submission: June 29, 2012, Friday
* Notification of posters and demos acceptance: July 25, 2012, Wednesday
* Notification of doctoral consortium acceptance: July 25, 2012, Wednesday
* Notification of student research competition acceptance: July 25, 2012,

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

Technical Papers
Accepted technical papers will be presented at the conference and will
appear in the conference proceedings.
Select authors will be invited to submit extended versions to a special
issue of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS).
Authors who have never published at ASSETS can request a mentor. Mentors
will be experienced ASSETS contributors, who can help authors to improve
their submissions. See the mentor program page for more information.
Papers must be a maximum of 8 pages long, in the ACM conference format
( Papers that do not
follow the submission guidelines will be returned without review. They
should be submitted electronically via the conference web site no later
than May 4, 2012.

Posters and Demonstrations
Posters and demonstration proposals should be submitted using the ACM
conference format (,
and they are limited in length to 2 pages. Proposals will be reviewed, and
accepted proposals will be included in the conference proceedings.
Submissions (in PDF format) must be made electronically via the conference
web site no later than June 29, 2012.

Doctoral Consortium
The ASSETS 2012 Doctoral Consortium (DC) will provide a forum for doctoral
students to present their research plans, receive feedback from senior
researchers, and promote contacts among students working in similar areas.
Students submitting to the DC should have a clear topic and research
approach, and made some progress, but should not be so far along that they
cannot make changes. The DC is ideal for students seeking feedback from
senior researchers; students who wish to present completed research or
participate in a research competition should submit their work to the main
conference or to the Student Research Competition. DC papers will appear
in a special issue of the SIGACCESS newsletter. Submissions will be due
June 29, 2012.

Student Research Competition
The ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) is an event open to
undergraduate and graduate students, interested in presenting their
research to a panel of experts. Students wishing to participate submit
abstracts of their work. Qualifying research must deal with topics that
are relevant to the mission of the ASSETS series, as described by the
call-for-papers. Preference will be given to work that has been completed
(or close to completion); the same work cannot be presented at more than
one of the conference venues (SRC, DC, or as a regular technical paper).
Selected students will receive partial support from ACM to attend the
conference. At the conference, entrants will display a poster and make a
brief presentation to a panel of judges. A small number of semifinalists
will be chosen by the judges to present their work in a conference
session, and of those up to three students will be designated finalists by
the judges, receive cash prizes and award certificates from the ACM, and a
chance to compete in the SRC Grand Finals, whose winners will be
recognized at the Annual ACM Awards Banquet.

ACM SIGACCESS Best Paper Awards

The following awards will be made at ASSETS 2012:
* SIGACCESS Best Paper Award (chosen from the technical program)
* SIGACCESS Best Student Paper Award (chosen from the technical program)

The selection process for SIGACCESS Best Paper Award and SIGACCESS Best
Student Paper Award will be carried out by members of the program
committee based on the technical paper review process. Papers to be
considered for the SIGACCESS Best Student Paper Award, must have the name
of the student as first author and must be indicated as such on
submission. Awardees will be presented with a certificate from ACM during
the conference.

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