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2009 11 17 Transforming The At Ecosystem

  1. 1. 17 November 2009<br />The Accessible Technology Ecosystem and Why it is Critical<br />José Ángel Martínez Usero<br />Director of International Projects <br />
  2. 2. Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />Assistive Technologies as solutions for everyone, every time and everywhere<br />Every day we can have the same needs as a person with disabilities<br />
  3. 3. Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />
  4. 4. Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />Background<br />Networks and Alliances<br /><ul><li>ATIA, AAATE, AIA, EASTIN, Raising the Floor</li></ul>ResearchProjects<br /><ul><li>AEGIS. Open Accessibility Everywhere.
  5. 5. INREDIS. Interfaces for the Relationship between people with disabilities and the ICT environment.
  6. 6. European Assistive Technologies Information Network.
  7. 7. Keeping Pace with (ASSISTIVE) Technology (KPT project).
  8. 8. The GATEWAY Project (Guidance for Assistive Technologies in Education and the Workplace Advancing Young People with Disabilities)
  9. 9. The BRIDGE Project: Assistive Technology against Social Exclusion.
  10. 10. TATE - Through Assistive Technology to Employment</li></li></ul><li>Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />Background<br />Studies<br /><ul><li>2003. EC. DG Employment. Access to Assistive Technology in the European Union.
  11. 11. 2009. EC. eInclusion. Analysing and federating the European Assistive Technology ICT industry.
  12. 12. 2009. AEGIS. Deliverable 5.4.1.a. Market Analysis. Confidential
  13. 13. 2009. INREDIS. Deliverable 5.1.1. Present situation of the AT market and future technological trends. Confidential
  14. 14. 2009. TRACE Center. National Public Inclusive Infrastructure. Confidential</li></li></ul><li>Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />Main traits of the assistive technology market<br /><ul><li>Fragmentation caused by different national systems and policies makes an already limited market.
  15. 15. Impossibility of AT companies to tackle all the value chain.
  16. 16. 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).
  17. 17. An enormous amount of information on AT is available but does not reach the end-users.
  18. 18. Additional costs are required to develop solutions for attending to the different national markets (different systems, policy and language).
  19. 19. Technology trends of the mainstream ICT provide other problems for AT vendors: higher cost and continuous adaption. </li></li></ul><li>Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />Source: COM (2007) 694 final. Commission Staff Working Document, Accompanying the Communication European i2010 initiative on eInclusion: Impact Assessment<br />
  20. 20. Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />Technological trends <br />PresentInstallation of ATs from different vendors (niche) in mainstream technologies (PCs, ATMs, etc.)<br />Present Integration of ATs in OS or browsers (built-in / embedded accessibility) <br />Short-term Usage of the same API for facilitating interaction of ATs with a specific system. Accessibility API independent of platform updates.<br />Medium-term Interoperability of ATs in different systems by a Universal Accessibility API. <br /> (Specific examples of accessibility APIs: Microsoft&apos;s UIA, Java Accessibility API, GNOME accessibility API, IAccessible2, W3C&apos;s WAI-ARIA, , Macintosh Accessibility Framework.)<br />Long-term Ubiquitous access to software ATs as a service. Cloud of ATs <br />
  21. 21. Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />Universal Interoperability API <br />
  22. 22. Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />The possible future AT ecosystem<br />
  23. 23. Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />Potential of a future AT ecosystem<br /><ul><li> Vertical AT companies are concentrated on survival due to market barriers. Diversification of AT industry with different kind of ATs and more market actors.
  24. 24. Mainstream technologies evolve rapidly. General consensus on universal APIs
  25. 25. Delivery is a key constraint. Cloud computing an ubiquitous ATs for software ATs as a service.
  26. 26. More open market. Combination of Open and Proprietary source solutions to foster the participation of the public. Fastest progress.
  27. 27. Disperse knowledge. Awareness activities and coordinated networks for interchange of good practices. Tools for developers.</li></li></ul><li>Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />Suggestions for future progress<br />Europeanlevel<br />Thematic Network in ATs<br /><ul><li> Coordination of main active research projects and networks to foster interoperability of the AT products.
  28. 28. Interchange of good practices and development of guidelines for AT developers.</li></ul>European pilot <br /><ul><li> Integration of existing European repositories of ICT ATs.
  29. 29. Development of an accessible web 2.0 portal and a community to enrich contents and raise awareness.
  30. 30. Increase the diffusion of products and contributing to reduce distribution costs of manufacturers.
  31. 31. Facilitate and foster the development of inclusive technology as a service (ubiquitous access).</li></li></ul><li>Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />Pilot for a European Portal of ICT ATs<br />
  32. 32. Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />Suggestions for future progress<br />International level<br /><ul><li>Organization of workshops to foster good practice interchange and debate on future progress: UN, European Commission, ATIA, AAATE, AIA, and main stakeholders.
  33. 33. 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.</li></li></ul><li>Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />Questions<br />What is the lead benefit of a well-structured AT ecosystem for each of the following  main categories of staeholders?<br />How should Assistive Technologies and built-in accessibility functions relate in the short and medium term?<br />Is the industry thinking a standardization process for different existing accessibility APIs in order to foster interoperability of different ATs with mainstream technologies?<br />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?<br />Do you have any kind of experience in mash-ups using ATs?<br />
  34. 34. Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />An example of mash-up in the field of AT is the combination of two existing ATs with a web translation service. <br />
  35. 35. Transforming the Assistive Technology Ecosystem<br />Thank you for your attention&lt;jose angel martinez usero&gt;jamartinez@technosite.es<br />www.technosite.es<br />