Making Computers Accessible book cover

Elizabeth R. Petrick. Making Computers Accessible: Disability Rights and Digital Technology (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015)

Winner of the 2017 Computer History Museum Prize.


Available in hardcover and e-book formats from:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Barnes and Noble


Articles and Chapters

Elizabeth R. Petrick, “The Computer as Prosthesis? Embodiment, Augmentation, and Disability,” in Janet Abbate and Stephanie Dick, eds, Abstractions and Embodiments: New Histories of Computing and Society (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022).

Elizabeth R. Petrick, “A Historiography of Human-Computer Interaction,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Special Issue on “Interface Architects: The Evolution of Human–Computer Interaction,” 42, no. 4 (October-December, 2020): 8-23.

Elizabeth R. Petrick, “Building the Black Box: Cyberneticians and Complex Systems,” Science, Technology, & Human Values, Special Issue on “Unpacking the Black Box,” 45, no. 4 (July 1, 2020): 575–595.

Elizabeth R. Petrick, “Curb Cuts and Computers: Advocating for Design Equality in the 1980s,” Design Issues 35, no. 4 (Autumn 2019): 23-32.

Elizabeth R. Petrick, “Imagining the Personal Computer: Conceptualizations of the Homebrew Computer Club 1975-1977.” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 39, no. 4 (October-December 2017): 27-39.

Lisa K. Kaczmarczyk; Elizabeth R. Petrick; Philip J. East; Geoffrey L. Herman. “Identifying Student Misconceptions of Programming,” Proceedings of the Twenty-Second SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (Milwaukee, WI, March 10-13, 2010).

Winner of the Top Ranked Paper of the “Top Ten Symposium Papers of All Time Award” from SIGCSE, 2019

Reprinted: L. C. Kaczmarczyk, E. R. Petrick, J. P. East, and G. L. Herman. “The First of the Top Ten SIGCSE Symposium Research Papers of the Last 50 Years: Identifying Student Misconceptions of Programming,” ACM Inroads 10, no. 2 (June 2019): 65-69.