Natural Language Processing for
Improving Textual Accessibility
Endorsed by ACL SIG-SLPAT
May 27, 2012 (Morning Session)
This workshop aims to bring together researchers focused
on tools and resources for making textual information more accessible to people
with special needs including diverse ranges of hearing and sight disabilities,
cognitive disabilities, elderly people, low-literacy readers and adults being
alphabetized, among others. This workshop is
=== Motivation and Topics of Interest ===
In recent years there has been an increasing interest in accessibility and
usability issues. This interest is mainly due to the greater importance
of the Web and the need to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people
with diverse disabilities. The role of assistive technologies based on language
processing has gained importance as it can be observed from the growing number
of efforts (United Nations declarations on universal access to information or
WAI guidelines related to content) and research in conferences and workshops
(W4A, ICCHP, ASSETS, SPLAT, etc.).
However, language resources and tools to develop assistive technologies
are still scarce.
This workshop will give an opportunity for individuals from different communities to present research findings, discover future challenges, and discuss potential collaboration.
We welcome papers describing tools, resources, models, techniques and evaluation
from all areas of natural language processing tailored to accessibility and
assistive technologies. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
– Resources: corpora of inaccessible documents, aligned corpora, gold-standards and annotation schemes.
– Evaluation, complexity and readability methodologies and metrics.
– Novel modeling and machine learning techniques for improving accessibility.
– Natural language generation for improving accessibility.
– NLP for Web accessibility.
– Text adaptation, elaboration, simplification and summarization.
– User studies on systems and components.
– NLP tools for accessibility
=== Submission Information ===
We encourage contributions in the form of full papers (6 to 8 pages long).
Papers should follow the LREC format which is available at the LREC 2012 Web Site.
The submission process will be online using the START conference system at
All accepted papers will be presented orally and published in the workshop proceedings.