Write-it-yourself: Empowering blind people to independently fill-out paper forms

Syed Masum Billah, Shirin Feiz, Vikas Ashok, Roy Shilkrot, I. V. Ramakrishnan

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Abstract

Filling out printed forms (e.g., checks) independently is currently impossible for blind people, since they cannot pinpoint the locations of the form fields, and quite often, they cannot even figure out what fields (e.g., name) are present in the form. Hence, they always depend on sighted people to write on their behalf, and help them affix their signatures. Extant assistive technologies have exclusively focused on reading, with no support for writing. In this paper, we introduce WiYG, a Write-it-Yourself guide that directs a blind user to the different form fields, so that she can independently fill out these fields without seeking assistance from a sighted person. WiYG uses a pocket-sized custom 3D printed smartphone attachment, and well-established computer vision algorithms to dynamically generate audio instructions that guide the user to the different form fields. A user study with 13 blind participants showed that with WiYG, users could correctly fill out form fields at right locations with an accuracy as high as 89.5%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th Web For All 2019 Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450367165
DOIs
StatePublished - May 13 2019
Event16th International Web for All Conference: Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: May 13 2019May 15 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 16th Web For All 2019 Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019

Conference

Conference16th International Web for All Conference: Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period5/13/195/15/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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