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From: Baquis David
Date: Wed, Nov 08 2006 5:00 PM
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Oh one other thing, you may want to follow the Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines (VVSG). See Volume One: http://www.eac.gov/vvsg_intro.htm. This is large, but if you use the search feature, you will find it quickly. The word "cognitive" shows up several times. Here is one hit:
The voting process should be accessible to voters with cognitive disabilities.
Discussion: At present there are no design features specifically aimed at helping those
with cognitive disabilities. Requirements 184.108.40.206 (f), the synchronization of
audio with the screen in a DRE, is helpful for some cognitive disabilities
such as dyslexia. Requirements in Subsection 3.1.4 also address cognitive
issues relative to voting system usability.
Even though the VVSG was published in December 2005, the EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee is already working on an update to those Guidelines. And soon they intend to begin develop testing methods for accessible technology, which might REALLY interest some of you. This is an instance of the federal government (The Election Assistance Commission) actually certifying technology as conformant with a set of standards (including conformance with accessibility design requirements). See: http://www.eac.gov/eac_vstcp_manual.htm. This is a new and evolving process.