More and more HCI professionals are working on increasing access to computing systems for people with disabilities, as can be attested by participation in the lively ASSETS conferences of ACM's SIGACCESS (Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing). Technology for people with cognitive disabilitiesfrom mental retardation and developmental disabilities, brain injury, stroke, effects of aging, or severe mental illnessis an area in which activity is growing especially rapidly. And the need is great: While good world data is not available, it's a reasonable estimate that as many as 400 million people worldwide suffer from these conditions. While public attitudes are…
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