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Accessibility Evaluation Facility

Accessibility Evaluation Facility

The Accessibility Evaluation Facility supports industry and government through the measurement of the ease of use of devices, services and packaging, the development of design solutions targeted at improving ease of use for all users, and research into the application of emerging technologies to universal design.

Our customer list includes both government and industry sponsors. In addition, the AEF serves as the official test lab for the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of Use program, the Arthritis Society of Canada’s Arthritis Friendly program, and similar programs for Arthritis Australia and Arthritis New Zealand.

Services

The Accessibility Evaluation Facility was developed to support industry and government by

  • Developing test methodologies designed to measure accessibility and usability
  • Measuring ease of use and comparing the ease of use of related products
  • Understanding user abilities and functional capabilities
  • Defining requirements for new product development
  • Providing training to managers, designers, and federal procurement officials
  • Working with design teams to develop more accessible products
  • Prototyping accessible technologies
  • Conducting research into emerging technologies, universal design practices, and government policy
  • Developing functional limitation simulation kits for use in disability awareness training

Accessible Design

AEF research into accessible product design has led to the creation of the Accessibility Assistant, a website that supports the design and procurement of accessible products and services. The site provides detailed information on disability legislation, and provides accessible design information tailored to specific products, including copiers, laptops, and point of sale machines.

Disability Awareness

The AEF has pioneered evaluation methodologies and design techniques focused on identifying and addressing the needs and aspirations of all consumers, including consumers with functional limitations. This experience has led to the development of the Arthritis Simulation Gloves, which inform designers and engineers of the difficulties these users experience as a result of consumer product design. The Arthritis Simulation Gloves are a tool that can bring insight to design when it is not possible to recruit individuals with arthritis for product evaluations. Although the use of Arthritis Simulation Gloves is not a substitute for human-centered design research and analysis, they provide a greater understanding of the issues associated with arthritis.

For more information or to purchase Arthritis Simulation Gloves, visit the Arthritis Simulation Glove information page.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Brad Fain
Human Systems Engineering Branch
Systems Evaluation Division
Electronic Systems Laboratory
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Atlanta, GA 30332-0840
Telephone: 404-407-7261
E-mail: brad.fain@gtri.gatech.edu