A GAAD reminder

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day designed to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access, inclusion, and people with disabilities.

There are many events around the world including one here in the Netherlands, run by the Inclusive Design & Accessibility team.

In my last post, I detailed my time in San Diego, at the CSUN conference. One particular moment stuck with me and serves as a timely reminder today.

Deaf-blind man with two interpreters, myself looking on with an iPad showing Proloquo4Text

Demoing Proloquo4Text to a Deaf-Blind man

A Deaf-Blind individual dropped by the AssistiveWare booth while I was there and I went over to see if I could answer any questions that he may have.

He was interested in learning more about Proloquo4Text, an app that is described on the AssistiveWare website as being a 'Text-based communication app that gives a voice to literate people who cannot speak', it is a 'premier Augmentative and Alternative Communication solution for literate children, teenagers, and adults, including people with autism, cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, apraxia, ALS/MND, laryngectomy, stroke, or traumatic brain injury'.

With my limited braille keyboard knowledge I was unable to provide a good demo.

My timely reminder for GAAD 2017 is this …

We can only create the products, we cannot choose who wants to use our products.

We can only create the products, we cannot choose who wants to use our products.

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