RNIB to guide engineers

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is to launch a comprehensive guide aimed at engineers and technicians, to help designers and manufacturers of ICT systems understand how to make them more useable by disabled and elderly people.

The guidelines are divided into four sections, which include, user groups, application areas, technology and related aspects. The user group section provides demographic information and details about the types of disabilities that designers need to consider.

The application areas section details everyday situations and environments where accessibility is a major consideration. While the technology section refers to specific systems such as radio frequency identification (RFID) and smart media and how they can be used to address accessibility.

A wide range of applications and technologies are covered, from household appliances and transport to biometrics and information displays.

The information can also be found at www.tiresias.org/guidelines.