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Guidelines for the design of consumer products to increase their accessibility to persons with disabilities or who are aging

Working Draft 1.7 -- 1992

Gregg C. Vanderheiden
Katherine R. Vanderheiden
Trace R&D Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison

This document is the latest version of materials being developed by a task force involving researchers, industry, government, and consumers, identifying ways that standard manufactured consumer products can be made more accessible to people with disabilities.

The Ad Hoc Industry-Consumer-Researcher Work Group is an open group composed of those individuals interested in more accessible consumer product design. The work group is headquartered at the Trace R&D Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Anyone can join by reviewing or submitting comments to correct, elaborate, or extend these guidelines. To participate in the work group, simply send your comments, ideas, corrections or extensions to

A one-piece downloadable version of the Consumer Product Guidelines is also available.