Trace Research & Development Center

Director: Gregg C. Vanderheiden

The Trace Research & Development Center, founded in 1971 by a group of students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been a pioneer in the field of technology and disability, known for high-impact research and development. The center applies engineering, computer science, disability studies, public policy, and information science to reduce barriers experienced by populations with disabilities to current and emerging technologies and to create new solutions.  The Trace Center became a part of the iSchool in 2016.

Our mission is to capitalize on the potential that technologies hold for people experiencing barriers due to disability, aging, or digital literacy, and to prevent emerging technologies from creating new barriers for these individuals. In doing this, we bring together disciplines such as information science, computer science, engineering, disability studies, law, and public policy. We engage in research, development, tech transfer, education, policy, and advocacy. 

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Info College Faculty and Alumna Publish New Book on Information Literacy and Disinformation

August 5, 2022 | Hayleigh Moore
Dr. Paul T. Jaeger co-authored "Foundations of Information Literacy," the first book to offer frameworks for tackling information literacy and di …
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New Law Ensures Equivalent Access to Digital Tools for All of Maryland’s K-12 Students

May 5, 2022 | Liz Zogby
Dr. Paul T. Jaeger co-authored "Foundations of Information Literacy," the first book to offer frameworks for tackling information literacy and di …