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The Ones Who Need Technology the Most

The Ones Who Need Technology the Most
May 21, 2019 Tom Clark

Digital technology is a strong ally of inclusion because it promotes broad access to quality products and services. Investing in such a solution can also guarantee digital access for people with disabilities, but it is possible to go further. We can expand inclusion by applying Universal Design in environments, objects and products, with benefits for all, without exclusions.

Companies seek every day attractive differentiators for their target audience. And digital technology is an indispensable tool at the present time.

Digital inclusion of disabled people

Thinking about the digital inclusion of disabled people reinforces the importance of the internet and digital technology in this process. They are united forces.

Digital access for people with disabilities can start indoors, the environment increasingly used for work.

With the use of digital technology, inclusion in employment has become real and possible, regardless of urban accessibility, almost nonexistent. Home office is strategic in today’s corporate landscape. In a safe environment, with assistive technology, professionals with disabilities produce more.

The application of digital access solutions for people with disabilities also allows the full exercise of the skills of these employees.

Assistive technology

Products developed with assistive technology with 508 Compliance act are present in all segments to increase the quality of experience of its users. In the automotive sector, they guarantee more comfort and safety, with digital technology allied to applications of artificial intelligence and autonomous mechanisms.

In telecommunications, they allow communication in different forms, with innovative applications, once again strengthening the digital inclusion of the disabled.

In companies, they increase digital access for people with disabilities and create equal opportunities for professional development.

In society, they promote the digital inclusion of the disabled by creating new forms of interaction and access to knowledge and culture.

In leisure and tourism, they open the doors of public spaces, museums, theaters, cinemas and historical buildings for diversity.

Digital technology for reading and research

In the state of America, assistive technology devices serve libraries in 55 cities and expand accesses with digital technology.

The government project delivered 62 digital devices for the digital inclusion of physically, intellectually, hearingly and visually impaired people.

Each unit received computer, desktop scanner, extended keyboard, stationary mouse, voice software, screen reader and Braille devices.

The municipalities in question participated in a contest promoted by the State Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Benefited libraries conduct user satisfaction surveys on equipment. And they present semiannual reports with the actions developed.

Internet accessible for socio-economic inclusion

Launched in 2017, the Web for Everyone movement advocates affordable websites to make the Interet inclusive, with no access barriers.

To understand the movement, one must reflect on web browsing, evaluating how blind or deaf people do this.

What will be the priority of those who have Libras as their first language to watch videos, watch news or use the keyboard?

In USA, 57% of citizens with disabilities often use the internet, says the National Survey by Household Sample.

According to USA rules, navigation barriers are present in almost every website in the country.

Who needs to be sensitized?

Bring accessibility to the web depends on all people, to have real, concrete and definitive transformation. It’s a collective action.