My nursing department uses sophisticated manikins that receive, act on and return data. Does this define them as a Section 508 ICT device?

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My nursing department is using some very sophisticated manikins that receive direction from the instructors, provide vital signs pulse, breathing etc. and returns information on the students actions. Does this rise to the level of now being an ICT device?
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Tim Kyllingstad

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Nicolas

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Hello Tim,

This is a great question. 

The Section 508 standards include the following definition:

Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Information technology and other equipment, systems, technologies, or processes, for which the principal function is the creation, manipulation, storage, display, receipt, or transmission of electronic data and information, as well as any associated content.

Examples of ICT include, but are not limited to: computers and peripheral equipment; information kiosks and transaction machines; telecommunications equipment; customer premises equipment; multifunction office machines; software; applications; Web sites; videos; and, electronic documents.

There are example of mannequins that are wireless and designed to receive and transmit electronic data and information.

I would recommend reviewing the Section 508 hardware standards for the mannequin.  If there is software associated with the mannequin, even if it is for use instructors, it would need to be considered as well.

Best regards,
Nicolás

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Hi Tim

I would need to know more about how the information is received from the mannequin to give a better answer, but, as with anything that a person with a disability is using, yes,  you do need to consider how they are receiving that information. If the information is received via a web or mobile interface, then yes, it will need to be WCAG compliant.

Kind regards
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The mannequin emits audio (breathing, heartbeat) tactile (pulse) to the student as determined by the instructor using an application. The students responses are transmitted by the mannequin to the application that records the interactions of the instructor, mannequin and student for review.