Open source eBook: Disability and Bridging the Digital Divide – ICT Accessibility and Assistive Technology For People of All Abilities
“Disability and Bridging the Digital Divide, ICT Accessibility and Assistive Technology for People of All Abilities” is an open source e-book that is focused upon the use of e-Accessibility, Assistive Technology and accessible ICTs for empowerment and inclusion of persons with Disabilities. It explores the proper planning, management and implementation of accessible ICT products and services in order to promote universal access for all users.
It includes 15 studies such as: Teleworking for employment, Accessible banking , Future of the Internet of Things “IoT”, Telecare for persons with dementia, Accessible e-learning platforms, Accessible Tourism destinations, Accessible telecentre for refugees with disabilities, Disability – Friendly environments in the age of 5G, Softwarization and other important topics.
According to author Nabil Eid, “universal accessibility in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector holds unparalleled promise and opportunity for persons with disabilities that has never been seen before in history.” Therefore, the book includes an extensive range of articles and studies explaining how persons with disabilities have used ICT accessibility and assistive technologies to promote digital inclusion.
The book explains that society benefits when all members are equally enabled to achieve their goals. Persons with disabilities must be able to become part of the workforce and become tax payers. Employers are also benefited by promoting the consolidation of a more diverse workforce that fosters innovation and cooperation.
Additionally, the book explores how inclusion of individuals with disabilities requires the combination of efforts of stakeholders involved in every aspect of society including education, employment, transportation, housing and socialization. Based on the civil rights concept of universal access, persons with disabilities must be able to access technology to navigate the world and contribute based on their unique innate abilities.
According to the author, “An inclusive, accessible and universal design approach to technology is critical to both public and private industries wishing to anticipate future needs of this growing population. By recognizing the importance of the protection and promotion of the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities through assistive technology and accessible ICT, the world continues to strengthen policies, strategies, and programs along with an increase in public awareness of the importance of the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities, accessible ICT and assistive technology.”
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