Inclusion4EU: Co-Designing a Framework for Inclusive Software Design and Development

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2023 Aug 23:306:497-502. doi: 10.3233/SHTI230668.


Digital technology is now pervasive, however, not all groups have uniformly benefitted from technological changes and some groups have been left behind or digitally excluded. Comprehensive data from the 2017 Current Population Survey shows that older people and persons with disabilities still lag behind in computer and internet access. Furthermore unique ethical, privacy and safety implications exist for the use of technology for older persons and people with disabilities and careful reflection is required to incorporate these aspects, which are not always part of a traditional software lifecycle. In this paper we present the Inclusion4EU project that aims to co-design a new framework, guidelines and checklists for inclusive software design and development with end-users from excluded categories, academics with expertise in human-computer interaction and industry practitioners from software engineering.

Keywords: Co-Design; Inclusive Software Design and Development; Older Adults; Persons with Disabilities; Software Engineering.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Checklist*
  • Humans
  • Industry
  • Internet Access
  • Software Design
  • Software*