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How People with Dementia Access Health Information: Research Identifies Barriers, Strategies, and the Potential for New Technologies

Dr. Amanda Lazar and her team presented recent research at the 2022 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems examining the barriers faced by people with dementia to accessing relevant, accurate health information, as well as the potential for AI-driven tools to support different types of memory. The inclusion of people with dementia […]

New Law Ensures Equivalent Access to Digital Tools for All of Maryland’s K-12 Students

Trace Center Director and iSchool professor Jonathan Lazar contributed to and testified in support of the bill to bring an accessibility requirement into the procurement process for digital educational tools in Maryland’s K-12 schools.   When Maryland’s 900,000 K-12 public school students hung up their backpacks in March 2020, where most remained for the next […]

Covid-19 Pandemic Moves Research on Assistive Technologies From the Lab to People’s Homes

Dr. Hernisa Kacorri’s research on object recognizers with blind participants required a pivot to remote usability testing, leading her team to reflect on the many lessons learned from the shift from the lab to people’s homes.   When the covid-19 pandemic disrupted everyday life around the world, Dr. Hernisa Kacorri, assistant professor in the UMD […]

iSchool Faculty and Staff Join Global Team to Launch New Publication

“Including Disability” offers innovative approaches to eliminating systemic barriers and gives voice to disabled people.   Including Disability is a free, open-access journal launched earlier this week by an international team, including faculty and staff from the UMD College of Information Studies, as part of a global effort to give voices to disabled people and promote […]

Online-Only Services Offer Safety, But May Limit Access

As a result of the covid-19 pandemic, interaction with websites and apps sometimes become the only way to access certain goods and services, leaving some older adults and people with disabilities facing significant accessibility challenges. A recent NYT article discussed the impact of bank branch closures during the covid-19 pandemic on older adults in Spain […]

Expanding the Possibilities for Accessible Data Visualization

iSchool professor and Trace affiliate faculty Dr. Niklas Elmqvist leads a team to continue work on accessible data visualization and to make a high school data science course accessible for all students with a $2 million contract from the Maryland State Department of Education.   Extracting insights from massive datasets in order to answer questions […]

Work on the Use of Intelligent Voice Assistants by Older Adults Wins ACM TOCHI Best Paper Award

The paper by iSchool PhD student Alisha Pradhan, iSchool assistant professor Dr. Amanda Lazar, and University of Washington’s Dr. Leah Findlater explores the potential for and challenges of this technology for older adults who use digital technology infrequently. Intelligent voice assistants like Alexa and Siri have become ubiquitous — in our homes, cars, and pockets. […]

Trace Center at 50: Accomplishments, Lessons Learned and Future Directions

Trace Center researchers present an overview of the first 50 years and a look forward at current and future work at the University of Maryland Disability Summit.                   The 2021 Disability Summit hosted by the University of Maryland President’s Commission on Disability Issues and the Trace R&D […]

Trace Faculty and Students Contribute to a Successful Virtual ASSETS 2021

Trace faculty and students contribute work and play key leadership roles at ASSETS 2021, which marks landmark 50th anniversaries for both the Trace R&D Center and SIGACCESS. The 23rd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility – ASSETS 2021 – wrapped up last week with a record-breaking 424 registrants, including 34 members of the […]

Jonathan Lazar Named Director of the Trace R&D Center

After 50 years, Trace Founder and Director Gregg Vanderheiden passes the gavel to a new director to carry the Trace legacy of accessibility research, policy, and impact into the next half century. Since 1971, the Trace Research and Development Center has been a pioneer in accessibility, at the intersection of technology and disability. Its mission […]

Trace Center Directs New Digital Accessibility Research During Covid-19 Pandemic

The Trace Research & Development Center at the UMD iSchool leads new initiatives to address accessibility barriers heightened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into stark relief the critical importance of digital accessibility and the particularly high stakes for people with disabilities. With stay-at-home orders, extended periods of quarantine and many […]

Where in the World (Wide Web) is the Trace Center?

The UMD iSchool celebrates the Trace Center’s 50th Anniversary highlighting some of its most influential technologies and industry standards developed to create a more accessible world for all. Since 1971, the Trace Research & Development Center has helped millions of people interact with the world using common everyday devices, like telephones and computers. Originally formed […]

Celebrating the UMD iSchool and Trace Center’s Commitment to Advancing Innovations for Older Populations

Developing innovative technologies, co-designing with seniors, and advocating for accessibility rights.   The University of Maryland College of Information Studies (UMD iSchool), home of the renowned Trace Research and Development Center, is a leader in accessible information technology, systems, and research. Strengthening resilience, self-sufficiency, and quality of life among seniors and older Americans with disabilities […]

UMD iSchool Faculty and Students Lead the Way at the ASSETS 2020 Conference

As a leader in the development of and advocacy for accessible information technology, systems, and research – the UMD iSchool is represented broadly in this year’s event. The 2020 International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, known as the ASSETS Conference, taking place October 26-28, is the premier forum for presenting innovative research on the […]

(Video) engAGED: Considering Technology and Access for Older Adults Discussion

Research experts from the UMD iSchool and School of Nursing discuss the use of and access to technology among older adults. Computers and smartphones have become important tools for everyday life, and the use of this technology continues to rise among those of all ages. However, there are still a significant number of older adults […]

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