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Project work or final exam „Comparison of assistive Systems – Screenreader“

Study comparing different screen readers


Participatory Design, Community Based Participatory Research, Screenreader, Usability, Blindness, Visual Impairment


The research project iDESkmu (in short: inclusive DMS / ECMS and industry software in SMEs; further information on iDESkmu at https://italg.wineme.uni-siegen.de/?page_id=14 and www.projekt-ideskmu.de) is aimed at Maintenance and generation of barrier-free IT jobs.

In the course of the first field studies, it has already been shown that the topic cannot and should not be so easily limited to IT workspaces.

For this reason, we offer thematic project and final theses from the area of ​​”Accessibility”.


Screen readers are widespread, assistive programs to support blind and visually impaired people working on and with the PC. In the course of our field research, it has been shown that there are roughly 2-3 screen readers used, which differ among other things in terms of functionality, compatibility, further development / support, license and funding.

The task is to use the blind and visually impaired people to identify the screen readers that are most commonly used, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. Not only the functional aspects such as compatibility are decisive, but also the costs and funding as well as the opinion of the community. In addition, the practices of using screen readers are part of the study.


  • Experience with screen readers is desirable, but not a must
  • Interest in participatory approaches (Participatory Design, Community Based Participatory Research)
  • (Very) good command of the German language
  • Independent work, commitment and fun working in a team
  • Communicative and ready to work with users
  • Previous experience in qualitative field research and empirical research desirable

Target group

Students of the HCI, business informatics or related courses.


The scope is based on the course and format (thematic project or final theses).


According to the arrangement


Sven Bittenbinder (Dipl.-Wirt.Inform.)
Research assistant „iDESkmu“

Wirtschaftsinformatik/IT für die alternde Gesellschaft
Universität Siegen, Fakultät III
Kohlbettstraße 15
57072 Siegen

Room: US-E 117 (Campus Unteres Schloss)
Phone: 0271 740-4470
E-Mail: sven.bittenbinder@uni-siegen.de