Aging with Multiple Sclerosis - Inclusive Universal Design (UD) Guidelines for Mobile User Interfaces

Ljilja Ruzic Kascak, Jon A. Sanford


The population of older adults with multiple sclerosis (MS) is growing because of the increasing life expectancy of people with MS and the rising number of older adults. The complex health status of older adults with multiple diseases and consequent disabilities has overlapping symptoms with MS. Mobile technologies have been recently developed to provide better solutions for older adults and people with disabilities. However, many older adults, specifically those with MS, have many usability problems with current mobile technologies. Current design guidelines focus on singular and static limitations, thus being less effective for users with multiple limitations and changing abilities. In addition, there is a lack of literature on needs and concerns of people aging with MS to inform the design of mobile technologies, the design of user interfaces, and corresponding guidelines for older adults with MS. As an integrated set of design guidelines, Universal Design (UD), Design for Aging (DfA), Universal Usability (UU) and mobile design guidelines provide comprehensive inclusive UD guidelines which accommodate variability and combinations of limitations that would help the design of mobile technologies for people aging with MS as well as to all users. This research contributes to the state-of-knowledge about design for people aging with MS and provides a inclusive set of UD guidelines for mobile user interfaces for users through the analysis of data from usability studies of three mobile applications to inform the design of the health recording mobile application for older adults with MS.


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Ruzic Kascak L. and A. Sanford J. (2015). Aging with Multiple Sclerosis - Inclusive Universal Design (UD) Guidelines for Mobile User Interfaces . In Doctoral Consortium - DCICT4AW, (ICT4AgeingWell 2015) ISBN , pages 21-25

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author={Ljilja Ruzic Kascak and Jon A. Sanford},
title={Aging with Multiple Sclerosis - Inclusive Universal Design (UD) Guidelines for Mobile User Interfaces},
booktitle={Doctoral Consortium - DCICT4AW, (ICT4AgeingWell 2015)},

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JO - Doctoral Consortium - DCICT4AW, (ICT4AgeingWell 2015)
TI - Aging with Multiple Sclerosis - Inclusive Universal Design (UD) Guidelines for Mobile User Interfaces
SN -
AU - Ruzic Kascak L.
AU - A. Sanford J.
PY - 2015
SP - 21
EP - 25
DO -