NSF should fund a Center of Excellence for Accessible Design in IT-enabled self service to promote self-service technology.
Accessibility, much like security or privacy, must be engineered early on in the development of products and services. For example, a self-service kiosk may not always be accessible to an individual in a wheelchair or an online application may not be compliant with accessible web standards. To ensure that as more self-service technology becomes available it does not come at the expense of any particular population, NSF should fund the creation of a Center of Excellence (COE) for Accessible Design in IT at a major U.S. university. The COE would support the development of best practices for accessible design for kiosks, online services, interactive voice response systems, and mobile applications and devices.