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  • NCAM = Natl. Center on Accessible Media (WGBH)
    CAST = Center for Applied Special Technology
    DAISY = Digital Accessible Information System
    PCF = Participatory Culture Foundation
    AFB = American Foundation for the Blind
    TDI = Telecommunication for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    UCP = United Cerebral Palsy
  • This is an example of how people are expected to manage their email, photos, and voice conversations via their computer. Lots of complexity, including navigating between separate applications to do related things. We know that this complexity lowers adoption and use, and some people with disabilities are completely excluded.
  • Stripped down interface is focused on just the functions the user wants to perform, regardless of how they are implemented separately behind the scenes. This is still Gmail, Skype, and Picasa, and uses those servers; the interface makes it look unified because it shields the user from the complexity.
    [Actual demo is animated]
  • The dilemma is why so few public facilities can provide full accessibility
    Tight staff time: doesn’t mean they are not willing to provide special support, but they cannot spend the many hours per month it would take to remain expert in disability and technology – these are full-time occupations.
  • Gpii presentation for cdc

    1. 1. Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure Presentation to the U-M Council on Disability Concerns Jane Berliss-Vincent November 2011
    2. 2. Background • GPII is a project of Raising the Floor International • Non-profit organization; HQ in Geneva • Industry partners • Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Omnitor, Texthelp, Codefactory, … • Universities • Wisconsin, Colorado, OCAD (Toronto), Utah, Harvard • Organizations • Benetech, NCAM, CAST, DAISY, PCF/Universal Subtitles, AFB, TDI, UCP • Current funding (~$4M) from US, Canadian, EU sources • Proposals under review total > $10M; >30 partners • $10M in US 2012 budget (subject to review)
    3. 3. GPII Vision • “Any person, Anywhere, Any time, Any device” • Not a law or regulation, but a way for companies, institutions, etc. to meet legal requirements • Not an attack on existing AT • Part of the ecosystem • A new way for AT companies to distribute products • Stakeholders are diverse • People with disabilities – Schools & colleges – ICT companies – AT companies – Employers – Publishers – Governments … • To succeed, we must find out what each stakeholder needs and cares about, and respond to it
    4. 4. Current GPII Projects “In the Hopper” 1. Simplified interface for basic online functions 2. Wizard 3. Gadget for alternate input and accessibility solutions 4. Contextual portals l
    5. 5. 1. Standard Interface for Gmail, Skype, Picasa
    6. 6. GPII Solution: EZ Access Simplified Interface
    7. 7. 2. GPII Wizard • As shown in the animation, the Wizard is an engaging software experience that helps people identify the features that would make technology easier for them to use. • That personal profile is stored in the cloud and ready to be implemented on any device the person is using.
    8. 8. 3. Dilemma of the “Scarce Visitor” • In public settings (retail, libraries, etc.) people with disabilities may not identify themselves or may even shy away from visiting • Accessibility needs and solutions are diverse and complex • Staff time is tight • Cannot become experts on disability and technology • Budgets are tight • Some accessibility solutions are expensive
    9. 9. GPII Solution to the Dilemma: GPII “Gadget” • Special (secure) touchpad that plugs into computer and launches GPII login, accessibility solution menu, Wizard, and portal • Those who arrive with their GPII profiles can just log in and get their set-up • New users can go through Wizard or select a specific solution (esp. OS features) • Portal provides support for both user and staffer
    10. 10. 4. Contextual Portal • Solves local problems with localized information/resources • Examples: • Library: EZ Access, catalog of captioned and described movies, how to register for getting a sign language interpreter at upcoming municipal meetings • Retail: CTIA/GARI product information; screen shots of high contrast settings on settop box screens; access to video remote interpreter for retail transaction; access to retail chain’s accessibility home page
    11. 11. Current GPII Project Status Simplified interface for basic online functions • Demo version already completed Wizard • Software under development at Univ. of Utah Gadget for alternate input and accessibility solutions • Prototype under development with touch pad, face recognition, RFID • American Library Association (ALA) actively interested in supporting trials Contextual portals • ALA also interested in this • Good extension to GARI/CTIA, other retail situations
    12. 12. GPII Fundraising • Founding Sponsor Fundraising Program – Tiered program of 3 year funding – Honored at UN event December 2011 – Recognition on home page • Project participation – Funding, staff, and in-kind donations – Directed R&D with strategic overlap – Roles on Advisory Boards
    13. 13. Other Issues • Security/Privacy • Funding Responsibility • Support
    14. 14. Get Involved! Sign up at
    15. 15. Thank You!
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