Ease of Use Certification Program

The Ease of Use program recognizes arthritis-friendly products made with you in mind. Independently tested, products that have earned this special seal are proven to make everyday tasks easier for people living with arthritis.

Program Purpose

To test and certify products/package designs that are easier to use for people with arthritis and debilitating limitations due to pain. 

#1

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
 

54M

Adults living with arthritis in the U.S
 

300K

Children living with arthritis in the U.S.
 

Product Testing

Products being considered for the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of Use Certification are first independently tested by the Intuitive Design Applied Research Institute (IDARI). The methodology for testing is based on the Accessibility Evaluation Methodology first developed by Dr. Brad Fain at the Georgia Institute of Technology to evaluate product and services under the Federal technical requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 508).  Section 508 requires that Federal agencies consider the needs of people with disabilities in the procurement of technologies such as copiers, computers, and web sites.  Dr. Fain has a 20- year history of testing products and advising companies on how to design products to meet the needs of people with disabilities.  The testing process includes both a lab-based evaluation of the functional abilities required to open the packaging and use the product as well as a human performance-based assessment with eight research participants to determine real-world ease of use. .Once the evaluation report has been finalized, the product receives a Pass or Fail (IDARI highlights key ease of use issues and potential design solutions) rating.  Companies receiving a Pass rating on their products have the opportunity to license the Ease of Use Certification with the Arthritis Foundation. 

Test

Once you have a product or package designed for consumers' ease of use, you can apply for the Ease of Use testing process.

Results

IDARI will provide a complete final report on the test process with a PASS or FAIL. If the results are PASS you can move to the certification process. If FAIL, IDARI will provide some design suggestions which if implemented, product can be retested. 

Certification

Once a PASS report has been received on the product/package design the Arthritis Foundation will work with the company to contract a license for the Ease of Use Certification.

Ease of Use Certified products have never been easier to find. We provide product details and links to purchase online, you can also purchase products in several retail locations in your community. 
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Ease of Use Certified products have never been easier to find. We provide product details and links to purchase online, you can also purchase products in several retail locations in your community. 
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Once a product/package has earned a PASS from IDARI, the Arthritis Foundation will work with your company to contract for the Ease of Use license.
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Once a product/package has earned a PASS from IDARI, the Arthritis Foundation will work with your company to contract for the Ease of Use license.
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How Do Products Earn the Seal?

Being granted an Ease of Use seal means a product has earned a favorable rating from IDARI and meets the following criteria:

  • A PASS rating was given on all checklist evaluations.
  • At least five of the eight testers were able to use the product with little or no difficulty.
  • No more than one of eight participants experienced great difficulty using the product.

Easy to use products are important to all consumers, when a product is easy to use for someone with
arthritis, it will improve the experience for everyone. 

Dr. Brad Fain, PhD – Owner, IDARI & Principal RS Georgia Institute Technology
Finding Arthritis-Friendly Products
Looking for more arthritis-friendly products?
In addition to purchasing Ease of Use Certified products, keep the following tips in mind as you look for easier to use products. 
Be Selective

Are there tasks you find difficult or that interfere with your independence? Seek out products that can make these everyday tasks easier.

Choose Texture

Products that offer better grip can be easier for people with arthritis to use. Choose tools with rubberized, bumpy handles, or drinking classes with textured exteriors for easier grasping.

Go Minimal

Products that require a lot of maintenance or cleaning will add to your to-do list. Choose products that are easily maintained to avoid added strain on your joints.

Think Safety

Choose products that are easy to use and that can keep you and your joints safe.

Tread Lightly

Lightweight items, especially those deigned for cooking and cleaning, can be easier on your joints. Heavy pots and cumbersome cleaning tools can strain your joints and cause unnecessary pain.

Open Wide

Products that are difficult to grasp or require twisting with your fingers to open and close should be avoided. Instead, look for products with flip-top caps and larger, easy-to-open lids. When it comes to clothing and accessories, opt for zippers over buttons.

Choose Comfort

Items comfortable to wear, carry or operate can help alleviate joint pain. Wear loose clothing and choose garments that are easy to put on and take off.

Go Minimal

Products that are simple and practical are usually easier to operate than fancy gadgets with intricate pieces. 

Stay Close

Choose products that can be carried close to your body. This can help reduce pressure on your arms, hands and back.

Seal It

Products that feature the Ease of Use seal are proven to put less strain on your joints. Choose these items to ensure you’re buying tested and trusted arthritis-friendly products.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.

Trailblazer

Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000

Visionary

Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.

Pioneer

Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.

Pacesetter

Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.

Signature

Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.

Supporting

Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.