ADA and Section 508 Compliance

This section addresses how FCS kisok/touchpad functions and features relate to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act, more specifically with respect to subsection 1194.25 “Self-Contained, Closed Products”.  FCS kisok/touchpad solutions support these requirements to the maximum extent possible.  It must be noted, however, that web and locally stored content supplied by others and presented via the kisok/touchpad/display must be formatted in compliance with Section 508 standards to take proper advantage of the FCS accessibility features.  A completed Section 508 Compliance

Physical Accessibility

There are several requirements with regard to the physical dimensions of the hardware, including the physical accessibility of the operable controls (forward reach and side reach).  For wall-mounted units located in potential corridors, there are also maximum horizontal protrusion and the minimum/maximum height above the ground.

Current ADA and Section 508 guidance requires that the height of the “operable control” (with respect to kisok/touchpads with keyboards, the height of the keyboard; with respect to touchscreen kisok/touchpads without keyboards, the highest point on the touchscreen where user selections are made) shall be 48” maximum and 15” minimum above the floor and 10” or less from the accessible vertical plane.  All FCS kisok/touchpads and interactive displays fully comply with this physical accessibility requirement.  For kisok/touchpads equipped with a rugged keyboard and/or trackball, the input device is always located below 48”.  For standard kisok/touchpads without a keyboard or trackball, the midway section of the touchscreen monitor is always at or below 48”.  For non-standard kisok/touchpads without a rugged keyboard or trackball — for example large format monitors used for directory applications — using just the lower portion of the screen for user controls might cause an inconvenience to non-seated users.  In these instances, the FCS Virtual Touchpad control solves the problem by allowing seated users to access the entire screen using an onscreen “virtual touchpad” at the bottom of the screen (see below).


Virtual Touch Pad

FCS kisok/touchpad software includes a special control that allows seated users to access the entire screen using an onscreen “virtual touchpad” at the bottom of the screen. Like a physical touchpad found on laptops, the virtual touchpad is a pointing device that can translate the motion and position of a user’s fingers as a substitute for a mouse.  A small area at the bottom of the touchscreen is repurposed to form the surface area of the touchpad.


As a function of the FCS software and screen layout, all GUI content is designed to be easily readable.  This readability is supported by the use of appropriate font colors and sizes, proper spacing of text and user selection elements, and good general design and use of color.