Accessible Design for an Aging Population

Accessible Design for an Aging Population

Recording Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Length: 1.5 hours
Speakers: Susann Keohane, Global Research Leader for Aging, IBM; and Bo Campbell, Advisory UX Designer, Accessibility Design Lead, IBM
Target Audience: All.
Skill Level: Beginner

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Overview: The world is aging at historic rates. Accessible technology has a profound purpose. It can be used to address the complexity of human needs over time as we age and enable us to tackle the challenge of designing for the entire human experience.

People are living longer. By 2040 there will be more elderly people than children for the first time in history. Roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 today and every day for the next 15 years. Accessible technology has a profound purpose. It can be used to address the complexity of human needs as these needs change over time and enable us to tackle the challenge of designing for the entire human experience.  It reinvents the relationship between computers and humans and levels the playing field so that all people have equal access to the information they need for work and life. All of this drives us to more completely define the experience of users in their aging process and their interactions with “technologies”, providing a mechanism for holistic solutions focused on healthy living, financial security, and social engagement. Accessible technology, when designed right, has the potential to be the most positive impact on an aging person's quality of life.

  • The impact and opportunity from the global aging demographic boom.
  • How do we eliminate the barriers to digital technology and make it easy for someone over 65, 85, and 105 to adopt new technology.
  • Understand the similarities and differences of the aging population when it comes to user-centered design and how they may be addressed. 
Speaker Bio's: Susann Keohane is a global research leader for the strategic initiative on aging. She is an expert in enabling human ability through accessible ICT with a strategic focus on aging-related research, cloud-based personalize access and adaptive interfaces. She is a prolific inventor with over 100 patents. In her current role, she is tasked to build a strong community of researchers, technologist, and clients who are focused on using IBM cognitive technology to develop solutions designed to address the needs of the Aging demographic.

Bo Campbell joined IBM Accessibility as an Accessibility Design Consultant in 2013 after more than 10 years as a User Experience Designer. Bo specializes in Interaction Design and earned his MS in Human Computer Interaction in 2011 from Iowa State University. Hired as a UX Design Lead for IBM Design, Bo moved into the IBM Research Organization to enable IBM Designers to create accessible digital interfaces. Bo is a member of the W3C CSS working group.


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