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  • Man using a kiosk system with the words, "Procurement: The Trace R&D Center can provide assistance to organizations and institutions wishing to purchase accessible ATM and Kiosk systems and technologies."

    Man using a kiosk system with the words, "Procurement: The Trace R&D Center can provide assistance to organizations and institutions wishing to purchase accessible ATM and Kiosk systems and technologies."

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  • A woman using an EZ Access Voting System with the words, "Development The Trace R&D Center provides affordable access to its EZ® and EZ Access® patents in the interest of encouraging their increased use."

    A woman using an EZ Access Voting System with the words, "Development The Trace R&D Center provides affordable access to its EZ® and EZ Access® patents in the interest of encouraging their increased use."

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  • Man using an EZ door entry system with the words, "Consumers: EZ® and EZ Access® enhancements are curently available in several types of systems which are used by the public."

    Man using an EZ door entry system with the words, "Consumers: EZ® and EZ Access® enhancements are curently available in several types of systems which are used by the public."

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EZ and EZ Access

The EZ® Help button is a blue diamond shaped button that has a large question mark, "?", superimposed and centered prominently within it. The letters "EZ" also appear along the bottom right edge of this button. The Trace R&D Center offers the following kiosk and touchscreen-based information and assistance for developers, purchasers, and for users with disabilities:

  1. We explain how to implement EZ® and EZ Access® technologies to industry developers.
  2. We provide expertise and technical assistance related to the purchase of accessible ATM and Kiosk systems. (Note: We do not know of any other off-the-shelf product or system that is as accessible as EZ and EZ Access).
  3. Our services are either free or low-cost.

In addition to an extensive FAQ designed to answer questions from developers, procurement specialists, and the public, we offer the following overview.

  • A screenshot of a ticket kiosk monitor and an EZ Access keypad, which will direct you to a YouTube video when clicked on.EZ Access is a simple set of interface enhancements which can be applied in the design of electronic products and devices so that they can be used by more people including those with disabilities.
  • EZ and EZ Accessare a proven way of making touchscreen-based devices cross-disability accessible.
  • EZ and EZ Access enhancements include both hardware and software.
  • EZ and EZ Access are a low-cost strategy for complying with regulatory requirements (Section 508, ADA).
  • EZ Access enhancements can be applied to a wide range of interactive electronic systems, from public information and transaction machines such as touchscreen kiosks to personal handheld devices like cell phones.  
  • By using EZ Access, developers can create products and devices that are usable by more people, in a wider range of environments and contexts. 
  • EZ Access is a product of ongoing research and development. See Topic Search for a list of publications related to EZ Access. However, it should be noted that the techniques described in older publications have changed and evolved, so it is important to contact the Trace Center for current information.
  • Developers who are interested in implementation of EZ Access fitted to meet their specific conditions and contexts (or certification of an EZ Access implementation) should contact the Trace Center at EZ@trace.wisc.edu
  • The blue diamond EZ button (see above) only appears on devices that have certified implementations of EZ Access. See EZ Access Implementations for examples.

 


Funding for this work has been provided by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education, under grants H133E980008, H133E030012, and H133E080022.

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