Interaction in Accessible Virtual Learning Environments: An Interdisciplinary Challenge
Vania Ribas Ulbricht, TarcĂ­sio Vanzin, Daniela Satomi Saito, Elisa Maria Pivetta

This paper discusses digital Accessibility and Digital Inclusion, especially the difficulties and barriers which deaf and blind people are submitted to in daily life activities from work, education and leisure. Research results show that, in general, contents that are available in web are restrictive, mostly because they are produced by people with little knowledge about accessibility, which results in a certain inadequacy of the final product. Among the factors determining this inadequacy, are the development of language and fluency of dialogue, which are significantly impaired for the interaction of blind, which relies heavily on the hearing, and the deaf that use the visuality to obtain the information necessary for their knowledge. Lastly, it presents the theoretical configuration of a digital technologic instrument able to intermediate a fluent communication between people with different abilities, but identifying the main barriers to a material realization of this technological resource. The merit lies on the offer of a reflection that brings Social Inclusion from Accessibility with autonomy, which already became a part of State Policies in several countries around the world.

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