Inclusive New Media Design

including people with intellectual disabilities in the WWW


What we have done

  • We read about other, similar projects.
  • We examined the guidance that aims to help web designers make websites for people with disabilities.
  • We found some web designers who wanted to work with us.
  • We spoke to the web designers to find out what they already know.
  • We carried out 9 workshops with these web designers. People with intellectual disabilities came to 4 of our workshops to talk to the web designers about the kinds of websites that they like.
  • We are looking at and talking about all the information we have gathered.
  • We are sharing what we have found out with other people who are interested in our work.

photo of workshop activityINMD workshop
3 web designers working on easy to read text
photo of workshop activityINMD workshop
brainstorming with post-its notes on whiteboard

Talking and writing about INMD

As part of our project, we are sharing what we have found out with other people. This means talking to groups of people, or writing about our projects for books, journals or other websites. For example:


‘The self-regulation of web designers in times of precarity’, Helen, Digital Labour: Workers, Authors, Citizens Conference, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, October 2009.

‘Intellectual Disability: Web Accessibility’s Invisible Community’, Simon & Siobhan, The Second International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Accessibility, Hammamet, Tunisia, May 2009.

‘Net Worker: creative biographies in 21st century web design’, Helen, Creative Biographies Seminar, Open University, April 2009.

‘Building an inclusive web: the role of web producers in facilitating access for web consumers’, Helen, invited plenary speaker, Disability and the Internet: Access, Mediation, Representation Seminar, Cultural Disability Studies Research Network, Liverpool John Moores University, December 2008.

‘Net Work: the professionalisation of web design’, Helen, Cultural Studies Association Conference, New York University, New York, May 2008.

‘Building an inclusive Web 2.0: reflections on the role of web professionals’, Helen, Politics: Web 2.0 Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, April 2008.


Helen, Siobhan & Simon, (2009) ‘Inclusive New Media Design: the place of accessibility guidelines in the work of web designers’, chapter in T. Inns (ed) Designing for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Methods & Findings, Gower Publishing (forthcoming)

Helen (2010) ‘Net work: the professionalisation of web design’, Media, Culture & Society, (forthcoming).


Channel 4 News (30 June 2008) new-window-green-mini ‘Off Limits to Online’, news report on how people with learning difficulties are still being overlooked when going online.

E-GOVERNMENT BULLETIN, (24 March 2009), ‘Window On The Future’ by Simon Smith,
new-window-green-mini A Headstar Publication.

To find out more, click the ‘INMD dissemination’ link below. You can download a pdf document to see the conferences, seminars, articles and books we have contributed to. You can also find out about our ideas for future projects.

INMD Dissemination (pdf)

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