Investigating the accessibility of crowdwork tasks on Mechanical Turk

Stephen Uzor, Jason T. Jacques, John J. Dudley, Per Ola Kristensson

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Crowdwork can enable invaluable opportunities for people with disabilities, not least the work fexibility and the ability to work from home, especially during the current Covid-19 pandemic. This paper investigates how engagement in crowdwork tasks is affected by individual disabilities and the resulting implications for HCI. We first surveyed 1,000 Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) workers to identify demographics of crowdworkers who identify as having various disabilities within the AMT ecosystem-including vision, hearing, cognition/mental, mobility, reading and motor impairments. Through a second focused survey and follow-up interviews, we provide insights into how respondents cope with crowdwork tasks. We found that standard task factors, such as task completion time and presentation, often do not account for the needs of users with disabilities, resulting in anxiety and a feeling of depression on occasion. We discuss how to alleviate barriers to enable effective interaction for crowdworkers with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '21
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 2021 CHI conference on human factors in computing systems
EditorsPernille Bjørn, Steven Drucker
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781450380966
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2021
Event2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: 8 May 202113 May 2021

Publication series

NameConference on human factors in computing systems - proceedings
ISSN (Print)1062-9432


Conference2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Internet address


  • Accessibility
  • Amt
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Crowdwork
  • Disability
  • MTurk


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