Possible: accessibility by design - why?
Technological advances have progressed at an unprecedented rate throughout the 21st century. As technology advances, it transforms more and more areas, including public transportation, banking and retail, healthcare, higher education, and government-related services. COVID-19 has further accelerated this process, with many people working, studying, and shopping from home.
Despite the advantages of such advances, including environmental benefits and ease of use, they also pose a threat. Approximately 15% of the population is comprised of people with disabilities and 5% is comprised of elderly people with accessibility needs. These two populations constitute 1.2 billion people, who are unable to use digital technology unless they are accessible.
With more and more of the world becoming digital, and according to the 2022 forecasts, all IT spending segments will grow positively, it is vital that ALL people can access the newest technology and services related to technology. Making the newest technologies and technology-based services accessible will enable them to be used. Insufficient action will exacerbate the social and economic disparities facing people with disabilities and the elderly.
Providing accessibility retroactively is incredibly costly, rather than inclusive design. Furthermore, the price tag is both financial and social, and takes many years to fix - we need to shift the paradigm from retroactively fixing acessibility to accessible by design.
Possible! Initiative: what do we do?
The "Possible! - Accessible Technological Future by Design" initiative aims to address this reality by turning an obstacle into an opportunity: ensuring that people with disabilities will have full access to the new technological era by design. The project will make sure the tech era is accessible and usable for people with disabilities and the elderly, generate new startups and technologies, provide inclusive employment opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as contribute to a reduction in social inequity and generate economic growth. As part of this initiative, businesses and people with disabilities will be benefited in a win - win situation.
Our initiative will involve working closely with "The Valuable 500" and the global initiatives of the World Economic Forum.
The process includes four steps:
Based on our conversation we are now launching milestone 1# of the process, and we are happy to have you as our partner on this initiative.
Possible for you?