The Accessible Wearable Workshop: Accessibility, Usability, and Wearable Technology

This workshop has been postponed and will not take place on Sept 9th.

To be held at  the colocated ISWC 2019 the International Symposium on Wearable Computers and UbiComp 2019. In London, September 9th - 13th

Objective and Call for Papers

The development and adoption of wearable technologies continues to gain momentum in both industrial and consumer product arenas. With wearable and on-body solutions offering new solutions to advance the future of work (especially in the new rapidly evolving gig economy), it is imperative that the people designing and creating wearable technology interfaces and devices understand the impact of their decisions on device accessibility and more broadly, usability. Individuals with functional limitations or other impairments could be left behind through poorly considered design of the new wearable technologies. This workshop will bring together experts in assistive technology, usability, and wearable computing to discuss ways to help designers and technologists create more accessible, usable, devices.

Papers may include topics such as:

  • Accessible design for wearability for individuals with mobility impairments
  • Multimodal output for individuals with sensory impairments
  • Creating accessible and wearable input interfaces
  • Rapid prototyping interfaces for people with disabilities
  • Examples of inclusive participatory design for assistive technology
  • The interplay of policy and design in the development process
  • Targeting the effects of specific disabilities through individual personas
  • Designing for impairments associated with aging
  • Creating wearable interventions to improve sensory and mobility abilities
  • Dissemination of techniques and processes for inclusive design in an educational setting
  • Impacting mobile device design via industry education and regulatory mechanisms
  • Case studies of wearable design for populations with disabilities
  • Use of audio and sonification in assistive technology devices
  • Social acceptability of wearable assistive technology
  • The role of policy and regulation in enhancing accessibility
  • The design at intersection of technology, economics and policy
  • Designing inclusive technology policies
  • Engaging Industry Stakeholders in the inclusive design process



Workshop Paper Submission

We are soliciting original research contributions and will have a peer-review process for submitted papers. We hope all accepted workshop papers can be included in the ACM digital library and the supplemental proceedings. Conference participants can sign up for the workshop without submitting a paper.


Workshop papers may be 4-8 pages in the template we are now using is the SIGCHI styled. The template can be downloaded here: Alternatively, the Overleaf version can be found here: Latex documents should use the "sigchi" template style.  Word users should use the interim template downloadable from the the ACM link above.

Submission deadline: June 24, 2019 (extended) to

Notification of acceptance: July 8, 2019

Camera-ready: July 19th, 2019

You may also email with any questions about the workshop, or submission process.


Workshop Schedule - One Day

The workshop will be held over the course of one day.

Expecting 10-15 papers.

8:30 AM          Check In / Networking / Coffee

9:00 AM          Welcome / Kickoff

9:30 AM          Papers Group 1 (5 papers)

11:00 AM        Break

11:15 AM        Papers Group 2 (4 papers)

12:30 PM        Lunch

1:30 PM          Papers Group 3 (4 - 5 papers)

2:45 PM          Break

3:00 PM          Group Discussion

                        Future of the Accessible Wearable

                        Workshop Outcomes, Suggestions, and Proposals

5:00 PM          Conclusion



Clint Zeagler

Interactive Media Technology Center - Senior Research Scientist

Wearable Computing Center - Program Manager

Georgia Institute of Technology

Peter Presti

Interactive Media Technology Center - Senior Research Scientist

Wearable Computing Center - Co-Director

Georgia Institute of Technology

Paul M.A. Baker

Center for Advanced Communications Policy - Principal Research Scientist

Senior Director of Research and Strategic Innovation

Georgia Institute of Technology

Thad Starner

School of Interactive Computing - Professor