Trace Research & Development Center

Director: Gregg C. Vanderheiden

About Us

The Trace Research & Development Center is a part of the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland. Founded in 1971 by a group of students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Trace Research & Development Center 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.  

Our Purpose:

To apply engineering, computer science, disability studies, public policy, and information science to prevent the barriers to, and capitalize on the opportunities presented by, current and emerging information and telecommunication technologies.

Our Vision:

A world that is accessible and usable by people of all ages and all abilities - each experiencing information and communication technology in a way they can understand and use.

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Staff

Trace Research & Development Center News

Gregg Vanderheiden delivers Keynote at International Human Computer Interface Conference

  • iSchool News

    Gregg Vanderheiden proposes an alternate approach to accessibility and extended usability for next-next generation UI/UX.

Maryland Today: Pushing for Access, featuring Paul Jaeger

  • Chris Carroll

    Dr. Paul Jaeger describes how 30 years after its passing, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) has opened many doors for students and faculty with disabilities at UMD.

UMD TRACE Center is Leading the Way in Researching and Designing Tools for Digital Accessibility During COVID-19

  • Hayleigh Moore

    The UMD iSchool Trace Research and Development Center is taking up the challenge of accessibility work during the pandemic.