Qatar and the needs of Arabic PWD Rethinking Universal Access
Rethinking the issue <ul><li>Traditionally the model has been to see the problem as one of the region </li></ul><ul><li>Th...
Current model <ul><li>AT industry design and builds for a market, it has to as it must make profit to develop </li></ul><u...
AT Ecosystem in Middle East is Changing <ul><li>Region is characterised by  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Variation of Language </...
Growth in Global Access requires new thinking <ul><li>AT and Accessibility reframed </li></ul><ul><li>Take account of lang...
Risks ? <ul><li>Increased fragmentation </li></ul><ul><li>Increased dependence on Industrial model </li></ul><ul><li>Creat...
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ATIS4all First Workshop, 14th and 15th March, 2011. Madrid.

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Qatar and the needs of Arabic PWD_David Banes

  1. 1. Qatar and the needs of Arabic PWD Rethinking Universal Access
  2. 2. Rethinking the issue <ul><li>Traditionally the model has been to see the problem as one of the region </li></ul><ul><li>This equates to a medical not social model of disability </li></ul><ul><li>We perceive the problem as being local, not systemic </li></ul>
  3. 3. Current model <ul><li>AT industry design and builds for a market, it has to as it must make profit to develop </li></ul><ul><li>The model has been successful in developing for fixed markets. </li></ul><ul><li>As a result english speakers and broadly latin based languages use and reuse eachothers material from advice to training to code and experience </li></ul><ul><li>Non Latin languages are excluded as a result of the model </li></ul><ul><li>Solution is to attempt to localise and retrofit AT to meet regional needs </li></ul>
  4. 4. AT Ecosystem in Middle East is Changing <ul><li>Region is characterised by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Variation of Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variation of Wealth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variation of culture from west – differing principles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Region is developing Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Mada Center Qatar links with Egypt, Tunisia, UAE, Saudi Arabia </li></ul><ul><li>Technology platforms are changing from local to pervasive and cloud based </li></ul>
  5. 5. Growth in Global Access requires new thinking <ul><li>AT and Accessibility reframed </li></ul><ul><li>Take account of language and culture – without assumptions and imposition of value judgements </li></ul><ul><li>Explore definitions where integration of AT enhances existing social roles rather than replaces </li></ul><ul><li>Found on principle that globally PWD have more in common than differences </li></ul><ul><li>Start with licences -Open source and Creative commons need to evolve to allow universal use and reuse whilst protecting and financing industry and copyright holders as key stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Entry level concept needs to be rethought as a global issue based on local dependencies not as a universal designed for those countries with long AT history, wealth or infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Based on Universal Access </li></ul><ul><li>Designed as Vanilla to be flavoured </li></ul>
  6. 6. Risks ? <ul><li>Increased fragmentation </li></ul><ul><li>Increased dependence on Industrial model </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of a new third world of Digital Societies </li></ul><ul><li>As global politics shift and evolves it is as much in the interests of developed AT regions to respond as it is of benefit to emerging ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>Leads to increased </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Market </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Investment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value </li></ul></ul>

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