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University of Minnisota  Appendix

Hardware Accessibility Guidelines

Appendix to Policy

Hardware to be developed, purchased or acquired by the University of Minnesota must be accessible to persons with disabilities. “Hardware” includes — but is not limited to — computers and peripherals, telecommunication products, Audio and multimedia capture and playback devices, authentication devices, copiers and fax machines.

Keys, Keyboards and Keypads

  • An option for ignoring brief or repeated keystrokes is provided.
  • An option for adjusting key-repeat and key-activation latencies (the amount of time a key is held down before an event is triggered) is provided.
  • An option for adjusting key-repeat rate is provided.
  • An option for auditory feedback of toggle key status is provided.
  • Tactile feedback of key status (e.g., keys that remain depressed when engaged) is provided.
  • Key status information is available to software applications.

Touch Operated Controls

  • Controls can be discerned tactilely without activation.
  • Raised borders around controls on membrane interfaces are provided.
  • "Home" keys are tactilely identified.
  • Non-visual means of distinguishing controls and control clusters (e.g., shape, texture and/or layout) are provided.
  • A key guard or overlay option is provided.

Controls and Latches

  • At least one mode that is operable with limited reach, strength and/or dexterity is provided.
  • At least one mode that does not require disparate and concurrent actions is provided.
  • At least one non-time response mode, means of by-passing or adjusting the response interval is provided.

Drives and Removable Media

  • Drive openings and related controls must be positioned as not to require extended-reach or manual dexterity.
  • Drive openings and related controls must be tactilely discernible.

Standard Ports

  • Industry standard ports are provided.

Audio Output

  • Software access to system sounds (alerts and hardware-generated sounds) is provided.
  • An option for visual feedback of warning sounds and other audio indicators is provided.
  • Blinking or flashing visual indicators must do so at a frequency of less than twice a second (2 Hz) or greater than 55 times a second (55 Hz).
  • A means of connecting headphones or other audio output devices is provided.
  • A physical volume control is provided.

Displays

  • Methods for adjusting the height, depth and angle of a display are provided.
  • Non-reflective display surfaces or non-glare filters are provided.

Color and Contrast

  • Non-visual indicators for color identifiers, alerts/warnings, prompts or feedback are provided.
  • Color combinations of significant brightness and contrast are provided.

Documentation and Technical Support

  • Documentation and training materials in alternative accessible formats is included or available upon request.
  • Accessibility knowledgeable customer support is provided.
  • Any training provided by manufacturers, venders or other parties accommodates the functional capabilities of all participants.

Biometric Identification

  • A non-biometric identification alternative is provided.
  • Alternative methods of biometric identification are provided.

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