Alzheimer’s Patients and Web Accessibility

Clyde W. Holsapple, Sharath Sasidharan, Ramakrishnan Pakath

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Although the Net is an indispensable business/personal tool for many, indications are that a growing population chunk – the Alzheimer’s afflicted – will be unable to harness it due to inappropriate interface design. By 2050, over 80 million will exceed age 65, the Worker/Retiree ratio will shrink to 2, and the number of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) patients will triple to 14 million. Annual estimated societal costs attributable to AD are about $100 billion with no cure in sight. Simultaneously, more Americans must remain productive post retirement age and non-retirees are increasingly being diagnosed with AD. The socio-economic ramifications are tremendous. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Congress have advanced guidelines/laws to make IT more disabled friendly. However, a fundamental issue remains: to our knowledge, the guidelines are entirely prescriptive and we are unaware of rigorous research evidence demonstrating benefits to compliance. Our work focuses on specific aspects of this research opportunity.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2004
Event10th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2004 - New York, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2004Aug 8 2004


Conference10th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research work was supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation as per Grant Agreement #KSEF -148-502-04-103 with the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2004, Association for Information Systems. All rights reserved.


  • Accessibility
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Disabled
  • Rehabilitation Act-Section 508
  • UAWG 1.0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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