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Welcome to DSAI 2012


Welcome to DSAI 2012, the 4th International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion. DSAI 2012 will take place in July 19-22, 2012, in the Douro Region, Portugal.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play a major role in our lives. However, ICT development which is indifferent to the concerns of social inclusion may raise barriers and increase the gap between the average user and those with special needs, instead of contributing to eliminating this gap and promoting equal rights and opportunities for all.

Senior citizens and others with special needs are often faced with multiple minor disabilities that prevent them from enjoying the benefits of technology and higher quality of life standards. According to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, technology design should take into account accessibility and usability features for the protection and promotion of the human rights of persons with disabilities, in all policies and programmes.

Keynote Speakers


Frode Eika Sandnes

Frode Eika Sandnes

Oslo and Akershus University, College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway

For more information about Frode Eika Sandnes’s keynote click here.



Julio Abascal

Julio Abascal

University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibersity, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

For more information about Julio Abascal’s keynote click here.



Chieko Asakawa

Chieko Asakawa

IBM Research, Tokyo, Japan

For more information about Chieko Asakawa’s keynote click here.

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All accepted papers of the conference will be published in Procedia-Computer Science Journal go to new site (ISSN: 1877-0509) by Elseviergo to new site and will be indexed by ScienceDirect, Scopus, Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI Web of Science).

Best Papers

Universal Access in the Information Society

Best papers authors will be invited to submit an extension to a Special Issue of the Universal Access in the Information Societygo to new site international journal indexed by Thomson Reuters JCRgo to new site.