REQUEST FOR HELP AND INPUT
Access to next-generation info/transaction systems (including the NII)
by people with disabilities
The Trace Center at the University of Wisconsin, in conjunction with the
World Institute on Disability (WID) and the National Center on Accessible
Media (NCAM) at WGBH in Boston, has launched a program working with other
research, consumer and industry groups to develop a set of interface
strategies and design guidelines for next-generation information and
transactions systems (kiosks, Internet, information superhighway, TV set-top
boxes, etc.). Essential to the success of this effort is a knowledge of and
coordination with all of the other efforts in this and related areas.
We are requesting your assistance in locating information on others working
on the various aspects of this problem as well as information on any
documentation of work that has already been done.
Some areas we are looking for information on:
1) Documents On Disability Access to NII and/or Byways
- Summary or analysis documents on disability access to NII or
next-generation information systems in general
2) R&D on Disability Access to Kiosks, Touchscreens, ATMs, Phones, etc.
- Any papers, or references to people or programs working on access to
kiosks, touchscreens, ATMs, phones, building directories, fare machines and
other telecommunication, NII, or next-generation information and transaction
systems or interfaces, as well as any related design guidelines.
3) Legislation and regulation on access to NII
- (We have the national legislation, but state and local, as well as
particularly good analyses of legislation or regulations, is helpful)
4) Information on Infra Red Link Standards
- We have information regarding the InfraRed Data Association (IRDA), as
well as Prentke Romich and the work being done at Stanford University by
Neal Scott, but are seeking any other information on applications or what
information must be passed back and forth for disability access (blindness,
physical disability/augmentative communication aids, and any other)
5) Any other information relating to access to NII, kiosks, ATMs,
As we collect this information, we will be creating both a summary and a
bibliography (and as much as possible an electronic collection of the
documents). Anyone contributing new information to the collection or leads
to important new documents or ideas will receive a complementary and
complete electronic referenced copy of the collection when done (and will of
course be included in the acknowledgments).
We will also be posting a list of what we have as well as electronic copies
of the documents as we get them on the Internet via Gopher server at
trace.wisc.edu starting October 31st (and WWW - Mosiac shortly thereafter).
In this fashion, you can check to see if the document is already in the
collection, or just send the lead to us via email (or FAX or phone/TT).
For more information on this project, if you are interested in collaborating
on the project, or to send information, call or write:
Phone 608 / 262-6966
TT/TDD 608 / 263-5408
FAX 608 / 262-8848
Gregg C. Vanderheiden, Ph.D.
608/262-6966 fax 608/262-8848
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