New initiative promotes technology designed for everybody

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Monday, 17 December 2012 17:04pm

A major initiative recently launched in London is raising awareness of the need for technology design that includes people with a disability.

An initiative of The Royal London Society for the Blind, Everybody Technology works collaboratively with technology companies, developers, designers and people with disabilities to create products that combine technology and design for the benefit of all users.

Achievements to date include its collaboration with IBM to create a Conversational Internet, where people who are blind or vision impaired can browse the internet by using voice. It’s also aiming to make touchscreen devices available affordably to those who need them.

An Everybody Technology event hosted in London in November brought developers from companies such as IBM and Panasonic together with accessibility experts and user with a range of disabilities to discuss how technology can be improved for all. Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley was among over 200 people in attendance at the event, which saw people with disabilities give insight into their product experiences, and experts such as Dr Jonathan Hassell provide advice on inclusive design solutions.

It also showcased a mainstream example of technology developed through RLSB’s collaboration with Panasonic in the Panasonic range of talking TVs.

Watch the short film with captions or audio description created by Everybody Technology featuring Professor Stephen Hawking, which seeks to persuade technology companies and professionals to create technology for everybody.

To get involved and help raise awareness of the initiative, sign up at Everybody Technology.

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