The Inclusive Digital Design & Engineering Research Group aims to offer an independent place for the growing need for knowledge development and dissemination in the area of digital accessibility
The inclusive design and engineering of digital tools that we all use every day is a broad topic. Ultimately, we’d like to see companies, institutions and public authorities automatically designing their products and services in an inclusive manner and continuing on this track through to delivery.
Inclusive design becoming the new normal
Inclusive design will increasingly become the norm. The issue of accessibility has gained momentum in society, partly because of new laws and regulations that require both the government and the business world to make their products and services accessible. In order to give shape to this requirement and support the policies, research into practical solutions is vital. The research center wants to make a useful contribution to this so policy makers at companies and public authorities can make feasible decisions.
The research group aims to bring inclusive design and engineering one step further. Our focus from 2021-2025 will therefore be:
Digital accessibility for everyone (including people with disabilities) is not only a question of social responsibility, but also a legal requirement for products and services. The UN, Europe and the Netherlands have extensive laws and regulations in this area, which the professional field is required or will be required to comply with.
Nevertheless, the topic of digital accessibility barely comes up at Dutch educational institutions. What’s more, new media applications, technological applications and innovations from education and the professional field are often inaccessible. One of the core tasks of the research center is therefore contributing to the awareness and professional development of students, lecturers, researchers and the professional field in the area of digital accessibility. This occurs in close collaboration with an engaged partner network.
This objective focuses on conducting practice-based research in the area of inclusive design and engineering of new media applications and technological applications. This research takes shape within the triangle of education-research-professional field. We do this in the form of projects, assignments, internships and research assignments.
The research group aims to be the leading place of knowledge in the Netherlands for digital accessibility. An open place where all the knowledge comes together and where industry partners work and experiment together with researchers, lecturers and students. With the aim of building on knowledge about accessible solutions for people with a visual impairment.
KNOWLEDGE PARTNERS AND NETWORKS
The Inclusive Digital Design & Engineering Research Group was initiated by HAN and Bartiméus, the expertise organization for the blind or visually impaired. Together with the Bartiméus Fonds, which funds the research, they aspire to broaden the digital accessibility within education, research and the professional field.
The research center is strongly characterized by its close working relationship with various partners. First and foremost, the different customer groups of Bartiméus and the degree programs of the School of IT and Media Design. An example of a collaboration partner is Stichting Accessibility (previously Bartiméus Bedrijven en Maatschappij).
The practice-based research and the network to be built are also relevant for companies, public authorities and institutions that wish to apply the research results to their products and services.