Q&A with Jacob Wobbrock on UW’S new accessible technology research center

iSchool news, University of Washington | May 28, 2020

Jacob O. Wobbrock, CREATE Co-Director and a professor in the UW Information School, has become one of the world’s foremost experts on accessible computing and human-computer interaction. His approach is to create interactive systems that can capitalize on the situated abilities of users, whatever they are, rather than make users contort themselves to become amenable to the ability-assumptions of rigid technologies. He calls this perspective Ability-Based Design.

In the iSchool article, Wobbrock answers questions about what CREATE will mean for his research, starting with ‘why do we need CREATE?’ and a very compelling answer: “We’re getting older and living longer. If we live long enough, we will all have disabilities. So the need for technology to be accessible, and for technology-mediated services to be accessible, is clearer than ever.”

Read the full iSchool article.