NCD released the report in conjunction with a Capitol Hill briefing on the report last week. The briefing panel featured technology industry leaders from Microsoft and IBM, as well as disability advocates and federal partners.
“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.”