Technology Bill of Rights could make accessibility a must
Last week the National Council on Disability (NCD) talked about one of the key findings from their "National Disability Policy Progress Report" - the need for a Technology Bill of Rights.
Why have a Technology Bill of Rights for people with disabilities?
NCD argues that the 57 million people with disabilities living in the U.S. should be able to use technology that works for them - no matter what their disability is. A "bill of rights" will help explain why it is important for everyone, including people with disabilities, to have access to information through technology.
“Accessible technology is not limited to what we can conceive of today. It also sets the stage for what we will achieve tomorrow,” said Clyde Terry, NCD Chair.“Regulations, legal frameworks and professional standards are important foundations, but they begin a process, they don’t end it. In today’s world, technological equality for persons with disabilities is a social justice issue. To be truly accessible, technological inclusion must be built in, from the ground up, with every user in mind. Anything else is a step backwards. Anything less creates second class citizens.”