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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 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 Access® technologies to provide cross-disability seamless access.
  2. We provide expertise and technical assistance related to the purchase of accessible Kiosks or ATMs.
  3. We are a university research center - not a commercial entity.
  4. We have been working on accessible technology for over 45 years.
  5. We have partnered with Assistra Technologies to license, certify, and commercial support EZ Access.

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 Accessis a proven way of making touchscreen-based devices cross-disability accessible and is currently used in thousands of kiosks and transaction machines across the country.
  • EZ Access involves a tactile keypad (square or linear) and software enhancements.
  • EZ Access is a low-cost strategy for complying with regulatory requirements (e.g., 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. 
  • 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 Assistra Technologies

 


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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