Student researchers honored for advancements in accessibility

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) honored professor Juan Gilbert and his team of students from Clemson’s Human-Centered Computing division with the FCC Chairman’s 2012 Award for Advancement in Accessibility.

Prime III, a universally designed voting system, was the winning entry in the Civic Participation Solutions category. Unlike voting systems where people with physical disabilities are relegated to a separate voting machine, Prime III enables people with learning, intellectual or physical disabilities to cast their votes privately and independently on one machine.

The accessible voting system gained national attention when the state of Oregon utilized it during the 2012 Presidential Primary. The Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) organization also used Prime III during its annual board election.

Gilbert, Presidential Endowed Chair in Computing, directs the Human-Centered Computing division in the School of Computing.

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