Touchscreen Accessibility

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Doug

Is there anyone thinking, I don't understand or have a question about this?

Sterling

Actually, yeah I do. For touchscreens, how do we do that? I that...for the flat panel and VPAT for the touchscreen, how does that work for accessibility?

Doug

Oh, you mean if you have a touchscreen?

Sterling

Right, because we're trying to get new touchscreens and we have existing touchscreens to operate several of our various equipment rooms. To make that accessible, how do we do that?

Doug

You're saying that you have servers that are touchscreen sensitive?

Sterling

Uh, no. Just control panels that control lighting, that control...

Speaker

An AV control panel.

Doug

Oh, those sorts of things? I was at NIH, big bucks they have, and they have a great big auditorium. I know just what you're talking about. I set my computer down and the screen went up and the lights when down and oh my, everything started happening and I set my computer down on one of those panels.

(audience laughing)

Doug

Yeah, uh, well, first of all, I'll give you a cop out. We're talking about light switches and so on. Do they come under 508? I would be hard-pressed to say that they do.

Sterling

Let's say uh a person with a disability comes to work in our department and they have to do switching and all this other switching, you know, control lights, control audio, volume control, alot of that stuff they can control via one computer and its touch panel based.

Doug

It would be a major, major task to do and its one of those things you almost have to order a custom product. And, it would be very expensive. And, I think in this case, due to the fact that it isn't something that has a broad user base, am I correct? That your only users are a very specific set of people. I would go with the accessible system, at least for blind people, is just not commercially available. Now, you may think about it in terms of positioning it so that if somebody comes by with a scooter or chair and they can operate it. You certainly don't have to worry about different issues involving with hard of hearing. The only people who aren't going to be able to run it, I'm not going to say sickly...are the people who don't need the lights anyway...but, I will say, it's not a perfect world and, I don't know if you've noticed that, but its not a perfect world. But, some things, it's not even reasonable to try, when you know that you've got a certain group of people...

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