"Global Drivers for Accessible Technologies Innovation"
Friday, 4/19, 12 noon
Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad
With one billion potential users living with disabilities around the world, accessible and assistive technologies would seem to be a natural area of market development for the IT industry. Yet, for many years, accessibility has made more progress due to legislation, regulation and jurisprudence than to market forces.
Axel Leblois, president and executive director of G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies, will discuss why this is about to change in a major way due to new global market drivers and why accessibility will be increasingly expected by consumers of technology products. His presentation will include examples of technology and business case studies demonstrating the many new opportunities that the accessibility market offers and the reasons why computer science programs promoting the study of accessibility and human factors are ahead of the game.
Marketing and Communications Officer
The University of Michigan School of Information
3421 North Quad, 105 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285
gbullock [at] umich [dot] edu