2009. INREDIS. Deliverable 5.1.1. Present situation of the AT market and future technological trends. Confidential
2009. TRACE Center. National Public Inclusive Infrastructure. Confidential
Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem Main traits of the assistive technology market
Fragmentation caused by different national systems and policies makes an already limited market.
Impossibility of AT companies to tackle all the value chain.
Non-structured market caused by different delivery systems, methods of financing, availability of products , the existing assessment methodologies and methods fordefining user needs and expectations (user profile).
An enormous amount of information on AT is available but does not reach the end-users.
Additional costs are required to develop solutions for attending to the different national markets (different systems, policy and language).
Technology trends of the mainstream ICT provide other problems for AT vendors: higher cost and continuous adaption.
Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem Source: COM (2007) 694 final. Commission Staff Working Document, Accompanying the Communication European i2010 initiative on eInclusion: Impact Assessment
Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem Technological trends PresentInstallation of ATs from different vendors (niche) in mainstream technologies (PCs, ATMs, etc.) Present Integration of ATs in OS or browsers (built-in / embedded accessibility) Short-term Usage of the same API for facilitating interaction of ATs with a specific system. Accessibility API independent of platform updates. Medium-term Interoperability of ATs in different systems by a Universal Accessibility API. (Specific examples of accessibility APIs: Microsoft's UIA, Java Accessibility API, GNOME accessibility API, IAccessible2, W3C's WAI-ARIA, , Macintosh Accessibility Framework.) Long-term Ubiquitous access to software ATs as a service. Cloud of ATs
Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem Universal Interoperability API
Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem The possible future AT ecosystem
Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem Potential of a future AT ecosystem
Vertical AT companies are concentrated on survival due to market barriers. Diversification of AT industry with different kind of ATs and more market actors.
Mainstream technologies evolve rapidly. General consensus on universal APIs
Delivery is a key constraint. Cloud computing an ubiquitous ATs for software ATs as a service.
More open market. Combination of Open and Proprietary source solutions to foster the participation of the public. Fastest progress.
Disperse knowledge. Awareness activities and coordinated networks for interchange of good practices. Tools for developers.
Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem Suggestions for future progress Europeanlevel Thematic Network in ATs
Coordination of main active research projects and networks to foster interoperability of the AT products.
Interchange of good practices and development of guidelines for AT developers.
Integration of existing European repositories of ICT ATs.
Development of an accessible web 2.0 portal and a community to enrich contents and raise awareness.
Increase the diffusion of products and contributing to reduce distribution costs of manufacturers.
Facilitate and foster the development of inclusive technology as a service (ubiquitous access).
Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem Pilot for a European Portal of ICT ATs
Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem Suggestions for future progress International level
Organization of workshops to foster good practice interchange and debate on future progress: UN, European Commission, ATIA, AAATE, AIA, and main stakeholders.
Creation of an “Open Alliance for Assistive Technology” to deliver a common vision on the AT market and AT technology and to develop open specifications for interoperability of mainstream technologies and ATs.
Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem Questions What is the lead benefit of a well-structured AT ecosystem for each of the following main categories of staeholders? How should Assistive Technologies and built-in accessibility functions relate in the short and medium term? Is the industry thinking a standardization process for different existing accessibility APIs in order to foster interoperability of different ATs with mainstream technologies? As cloud computing is a general trend in different ICT environments, is the industry working on the interoperability with ubiquitous ATs available in a cloud? Do you have any kind of experience in mash-ups using ATs?
Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem An example of mash-up in the field of AT is the combination of two existing ATs with a web translation service.
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