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Per-Olof Hedvall

Per-Olof Hedvall

Tel: + 46 46 222 40 94
E-mail: per-olof.hedvall@certec.lth.se
Fax: + 46 222 44 31
Address: Certec, LTH, P.O. 118, S-221 00 Lund, Sweden
Position: Doctoral student
Area of interest:  Augmentative and Alternative Communication, computer game accessibility
Curriculum Vitæ

In Swedish

I have been a doctoral candidate at Certec since January 2006. My research deals with accessibility. I am particularly interested in interactive communication media and new forms for augmentative and alternative communication that enable interaction between children with severe disabilities and their families.

I am also employed by the Furuboda Association, a nonprofit organization with an extensive program of activities for people with and without disabilities. Furuboda often works in a project format and has a separate project division, Furuboda Competence Center, of which I was the director from 2002 to 2006.

I am very involved in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and have been the chairperson of ISAAC-Sweden, a nonprofit interest association in AAC and member of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. I am also on ISAAC's international board of directors.

In recent years, I have worked extensively on how commercial computer games can be adapted so that people with disabilities can play them. I managed the Interagera Project from 2002-2004 which included the Gamer’s Lair. I am also a member of the European consortium, Games Accessibility, which works on guidelines for game developers.

On October 17, 2007 I presented my licentiate thesis entitled "Situated Design for All – In praise of improvisation." It is currently only available in Swedish, but a summary in English can be found here.

Last modified: mars 11, 2010