IT and deaf people

April 14, 2008 – CS Faculty

Piazza Domenicani 3, Bolzano

working day

Deaf children have unique communication needs: unable to hear the continuous, repeated flow of language interchange around them, they are not automatically exposed to the enormous amounts of language stimulation experienced by hearing children. (UNESCO, 1987)


The attention of information technology (IT) towards accessibility issues is increasing. Deaf users seem to have specific requirements, e.g., deaf signers seem to prefer spatial demanding hypertexts, and show difficulties when text is concentrated in few nodes. Do information technologists know about such requirements? The first working day on “IT and deaf people” aims at discussing them with the help of two experts of deaf studies, Barbara Arfé and Inmaculada Fajardo.


No registration is required; participation in the working day is free and most welcome! Interpreting services from English to LIS are available.

10:30–11:30 Barbara Arfé
Deaf and hearing students' referential strategies in writing: What referential cohesion tells us about deaf students' literacy development.
LIS (coming soon).
Abstract and bio sketch
11:30–11:40 Break.
11:40–12:40 Inmaculada Fajardo
The influence of Hyperlink Format, Categorization Abilities and Sign Language in Deaf Users' Web Access.
LIS (coming soon).
Abstract and bio sketch


The working day takes place in the seminar room, 1st floor, Piazza Domenicani 3, Bolzano.

Organisers and contact people

Rosella Gennari <gennari AT>.

Ornella Mich <mich AT>.