Queen's Gazette | Queen's University

Search form

News Release - Designing Accessible Tech - Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Queen’s University Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Claire Davies is available to comment on how accessible technologies can be better designed and improved to truly improve the lives of people living with disabilities. Today – May 17, 2018 – marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day – a day recognized in 17 countries designed to get people talking, thinking, and learning about accessibility technologies.

“Technologies for access must be designed from an interdisciplinary team perspective,” says Dr. Davies. “We’re seeing too many devices that don’t meet user needs resulting in abandonment by the individuals that need them.”

“When users are involved in the design process, they have a vested interest in ‘getting it right’ and the end result is acceptable and more likely to be used to effectively meet their needs,” she says.

Dr. Davies research is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. Her research covers three main areas: biomaterials, motion analysis, and assistive technology.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Dave Rideout (613.533.6000 ext. 79648, 613.453.5676, or dave.rideout@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613.533.2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, ON, Canada.

Follow Queen’s News and Media Services on Twitter: http://twitter.com/QueensuMedia.

Attention broadcasters: Queen’s has facilities to provide broadcast quality audio and video feeds. For television interviews, we can provide a live, real-time double ender from Kingston with HD-SDI. Please call for details.

Related Experts