About Us

The Trace Research & Development Center is a part of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Founded in 1971 by a group of students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Trace has been a pioneer in the field of technology and disability, known for high-impact research and development. 

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Our Purpose:

To apply engineering, computer science, disability studies, public policy, and information science to prevent the barriers to, and capitalize on the opportunities presented by, current and emerging information and telecommunication technologies.

Our Vision:

A world that is accessible and usable by people of all ages and all abilities - each experiencing information and communication technology in a way they can understand and use.

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Trace Center Management Team:

    Gregg C. Vanderheiden, Ph.D.

    Jonathan Lazar, Ph.D.
    Associate Director

    J. Bern Jordan, Ph.D.
    Asst. Research Scientist

    Kate Vanderheiden
    Program Manager

    Rashida Bandy
    Project Manager

To Contact the Trace Center

  Email:  trace-info@umd.edu

  Tel:  (301) 405.2043

  US Mail:  
     College of Information Studies
     Room 4105 Hornbake Bldg, South Wing
     4130 Campus Drive
     College Park, MD 20742

To Visit the Trace Center

     Our main offices are in Rooms 2117A & B, Hornbake South Wing.
     Map - How to get to Trace Center (includes parking info and links to Metro and UM Shuttle)


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Trace Research & Development Center
College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
Room 2117 Hornbake Bldg, South Wing
4130 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20742
Copyright 2016, University of Maryland
Tel: (301) 405.2043
Fax: (301) 314.9145
Trace Center