HCC 741: Assistive Technology and Accessibility

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Investigating the Accessibility and Usability of Job Application Web Sites for Blind Users

2 Comments

Paper

Summary: Patsy Dahlheimer

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Author: amyhurst

Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in Human-Centered Computing and Assistive Technology

2 thoughts on “Investigating the Accessibility and Usability of Job Application Web Sites for Blind Users

  1. But the larger issue I think is missed in this paper is the fact that if the employers did not think to make the website accessible for blind users, is it not a logical conclusions that it is because they will not hire a blind person? Being able to apply for a job is important however if the job is not able to be completed without the use of sight the accessibility of the website is irrelevant. It could be that the websites in the study were for jobs that are not able to be completed by blind people.

  2. The paper found that even basic “search job” functions were not accessible, so it seems like blind users couldn’t even get to the stage where they could determine if a job listing was appropriate for them. I wonder if the core of a lot of the issues found in this paper was just bad design, because things like “confusing layout” or “bad labeling/ instructions” are a problem for all users.

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