Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing (ACM SIGACCESS)
FocusAccessible computing
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ACM SIGACCESS is the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Accessible computing, an interdisciplinary group of academic and industrial researchers, clinicians and rehabilitation personnel, policy makers, end users, and students to develop technologies for use by people with disabilities.[1]


In 1964, the Association for Computing Machinery started a Committee on Professional Activities for the Blind, which published a newsletter for four years and organized a conference in 1969. The purpose of the committee was to promote and support blind people as capable programmers.[2] The committee broadened its focus to include other people with disabilities and became the "Special Interest Group on Computers and the Physically Handicapped" (SIGCAPH) in 1971.[3] In 2003, the SIG was renamed to SIGACCESS.[3]


The ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS) is the flagship annual conference. All conference contributions are peer-reviewed by an international program committee, and accepted papers, posters and demonstrations are archived in the ACM Digital Library.[4] All authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to a special issue of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS).

SIGACCESS also sponsors other ACM workshops and conferences on a rotating basis.[5]


Transactions on Accessible Computing is a quarterly ACM journal that publishes refereed articles about accessible computing. The journal places emphasis on contributions with experimental results, but also accepts papers with new theoretical insights or positions.[6]

SIGACCESS also publishes the Accessibility and Computing newsletter.[7]


ASSETS Paper Impact Award

The ASSETS Paper Impact Award is given to authors whose papers have made a significant impact on the field. Papers must be at least ten years old to be considered.[8]

Outstanding Contribution to Computing and Accessibility Award

The Outstanding Contribution award is given in even-numbered years and recipients give a keynote presentation at the following ASSETS conference.[9]

Previous recipients:


  1. ^ Hanson, Vicki L. "ACM's Commitment to Accessibility". Communications of the ACM. 60 (3): 7. doi:10.1145/3047268. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  2. ^ Sterling, Theodor D.; Lichstein, M.; Scarpino, F.; Stuebing, D. (1 April 1964). "Professional Computer Work for the Blind". Communications of the ACM. 7 (4): 228–230. doi:10.1145/364005.364054. ISSN 0001-0782. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b Petrick, Elizabeth (1 January 2012). "Fulfilling the promise of the personal computer : the development of accessible computer technologies, 1970-1998". UC San Diego Electronic Theses and Dissertations. UC San Diego. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  4. ^ "The International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility". ACM ASSETS 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Related Conferences". SIGACCESS. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  6. ^ "TACCESS". ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing. ACM. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Newsletter". SIGACCESS. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Impact Award". SIGACCESS. ACM. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  9. ^ "SIGACCESS". ACM Awards. Retrieved 6 May 2017.

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