Co-design of an Assistive Internet Navigation Device for People with Visual Impairments

The Internet is not inclusive for people with visual impairments. Indeed, assistive devices do not allow people with visual impairments to easily locate themselves on a web page, nor to interact quickly. However, the Internet has become an essential tool (especially during these pandemic times), for communicating, working, accessing leisure and social activities. Thus, this project aims to co-design an assistive device with users, partners, clinicians, research team, which can be adapted to online navigation for people with visual impairments. We will adopt the co-design method and, in this context, we will carry out focus groups, present some initiatives including a technological tool with haptic sensations reflecting the Web navigation hierarchy. One of the outcomes of the project will be to build and implement the device within the service offer of the partners for the people with visual impairments.


The main objective of this project is the co-design of the device. This project has four sub-objectives:

  1. Assess the user’s needs
  2. Develop the assistive device
  3. Test the performance of the device when performing an online task
  4. Evaluate the degree of satisfaction of users during their online interactions


  1. Co-design of the prototype
  2. Build the device & Co-creative Interactions
  3. Experimentation
  4. Analyses and final adjustments to the device
  5. Knowledge transfer

Last update: February 22, 2021

Global progress
Co-creation of the prototype
Construction & Co-creative Interactions
Analyzes and final adjustments to the device
Knowledge transfer
Team members
Researchers: Jocelyne Kiss, principal investigator | Regular researcher, CIRRIS and Professor, Département de design, Université Laval Frédérique Poncet, principal investigator | Researcher, Centre de réadaptation Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay (CRLLM), CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest de l’Île-de-Montréal (CCOMTL) Walter Wittich, co-investigator | Regular researcher, CRIR and Professor, École d’optométrie, Université de Montréal Juan Nino, student | PhD student, Faculté de design, Université Laval Partners : France Picard, principal partner | Chef de service de la recherche, de l’innovation et du secteur de l’adaptation de l’information et médias substituts, Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille, Direction des programmes déficiences (DI, TSA, DP et DV) du CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre Geneviève Chabot, principal partner| Rehabilitation Assistant Director, Centre de réadaptation Lethbrige-Layton-Mackay (CRLLM), Direction de la réadaptation et des services multidisciplinaires, CIUSSS Centre-Ouest Pascale Dussault, partner | Executive Director, Regroupement des aveugles et amblyopes du Montréal Métropolitain (RAAMM)
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Innovation stages
  • Émergence
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