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Trace Center Training Program

Our Training Mission:  to increase the number and level of expertise of people working to make mainstream information and communication technologies more accessible and usable for people with disabilities and elders.

Picture of a wireless handheld device with a stylus.Experience Lab

Photograph of students using arm splints during a Trace Experience Lab activity.

Hands-on activities in the Trace Center Experience Lab.

The Trace Center developed a one-hour lab to teach students about design choices that can make an enormous difference in whether or not people with disabilities can use an electronic product. Each year 300 to 400 freshman pre-engineering students participate in this lab, and it is frequently adapted for other groups.

Through a series of hands-on activities, lab participants gain experience with technology interfaces that are both inaccessible and accessible.  The Trace Center Experience Lab may be replicated in its entirety, or a few of the activities and elements may be used in more constrained settings or situations.  For more details, see How to Present an Experience Lab.

University Design Course

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A student team confers with experts in Africa about a design project.

Design for Human Disability and Aging (ISyE 662) is taught each spring semester at UW-Madison. Students in this course gain an understanding of the types of problems often encountered by people with disabilities and elders when they use standard technology products. The second half of the course gives students the opportunity to collaborate on a design project, where their task is typically to design a standard product so that it is more usable and accessible, as well as commercially viable.

Photograph of the contents of the Trace Usability Screening Kit (TUSK)Trace Usability Screening Kit (TUSK)

The Trace Usability Screening Kit (TUSK) provides a set of tools that can be used to identify some of the problems that people with disabilities might encounter in using a product.

TUSK Is meant to be used by developers, researchers, consultants, and educators who are interested in identifying common usability and design obstacles for people with functional limitations.

To find out more, go to Ordering the Trace Usability Screening Kit (TUSK).

Graduate or Post-Doctoral Study

If interested in graduate or post-doctoral study with the Trace Center, please send your vitae and a cover letter explaining in detail your research interests and career goals, to


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College Park, MD 20742
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