HFP Teleconference
Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Participants: John Wack, Sharon Laskowski, Whitney Quesenbery, John Cugini, Alexia Scott-Morrison, Jim Elekes, Wendy Havens


0. TGDC and EAC updates from; John Wack.
(Allan Eustis is on leave)

1. Attending the ICDR Cognitive Technology Conference in Washington, DC
on June 29-30. See http://www.icdr.us/cognitive/; John Cugini

2. Status reports on NIST work; Sharon Laskowski and John Cugini

3. Next teleconference: Friday, August 4, 2006 ~ 2:00 PM EST

4. Update from Jim Elekes; Access Board reappointment letters have been sent out as to
who the new TGDC board nominees will be to replace Jim Elekes and JR Harding. The representatives are Phillip G. Pearce (Registered Accessibility Specialist) and Tricia Mason (Representing Little People of America Association).

(Meeting Began: 11:03 am)

Administrative Updates:

JW- Dr. William Jeffrey's testimony today at 2:00 pm. It will be Web cast (http://boss.streamos.com/real/science/sci06/071906.smi). (Testimony available at: http://vote.nist.gov/jeffrey_science20060719.pdf) JW noted that voting security "solutions" need to be usable.

SL: EAC monthly meeting with NIST upcoming; suggestions to JW on some issues to mention. JW will contact SL.

WQ: Noted that she has been named as a usability representative to the Access Board's 508 refresh committee.

Cognitive Technology Conference Review:

  • JC/SL reviewed June 29-30 ICDR Disability Research conference; purpose was to show were there might be gaps in the current research; priorities as well as direction to be established for future disability research. Voting standards topics reviewed:

  • Classification of disabilities research (cognitive, psychiatric, aging impaired etc.)

  • Use of audio/ video and synchronization

  • Use of plain language and simple instructions

  • Use of icons and graphics

  • definition of cognitive disabilities in various environments; good example by WQ- "self identifying is not likely by some voters" ; Also conscious decision in VVSG to put cognitive disability requirements within general requirements where possible.

  • cognitive disability can also describe those who have learning disabilities (example, ADD), memory that has been compromised due to injury, stroke or also issues due to aging.

NIST Status Report:

JC-reviews what he has been working on for NIST (see: http://vote.nist.gov/TGDC/cuginihfp/homepage.html) Future deliverables for mid August time frame include:

  • restructuring of VVSG human factors sections
  • rough draft of VVSG 2007 Human Factors section incorporating identified issues from VVSG 2005

SL: Just received human studies "exemption" waiver and should be able to begin benchmark usability testing research; (Still finalizing Paper Work Reduction Act approval).

SL-update on ITAA vendor feed-back about voting response time. SL is interacting with representative who is knowledgeable in IEEE P 1583 process. 3 seconds response time discussed for required action completion and inclusion of a feedback icon at that time. WQ; discussion of levels of interaction and need for immediate response

JE-hoping all members read the article he sent around; informative information about his use of the Kursweil/NFB reader; other issues that address "memory cards", document identification and other technologies on the horizon.

Next scheduled meeting: Friday, August, 4th @ 2:00 PM EST

Meeting adjourns: 11:40


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