Call For Papers

People with disabilities can use Computer and Information Technologies to overcome barriers encountered in day-to-day life, and to participate more fully in society.

The ASSETS series of conferences explores the potential of Computer and Information Technologies to support and include individuals with disabilities, and those around them. ASSETS is the premier forum for presenting innovative research on the design and use of both mainstream and specialized assistive technologies by people with disabilities. Sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and its SIGACCESS Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing, ASSETS includes formal paper sessions, demonstrations, posters, a doctoral consortium, and a student research competition. 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. Appropriate topics include (but are not limited to) 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

Successful submissions typically present (though submissions from other related areas are encouraged) novel ideas, designs, techniques, systems, 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 groups is strongly preferred. Authors should refer to the General Writing Guidelines for Technology and People with Disabilities when preparing submissions.

Based on the review process, a selection of technical papers will be shortlisted for the ACM SIGACCESS Best Paper Awards and for a Special Issue of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS) journal.

Submission Procedures

ASSETS accepts submissions in the following categories:

If you require further information, please contact the chairs who will be more than happy to help.

Authors who have never published at ASSETS can request a mentor by contact the Mentor Chair. Mentors will be experienced ASSETS contributors, who can help authors to improve their submissions. The deadline for requesting mentors is March 5, 2010.