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Closing the Technology Gap

An innovative opportunity to access new markets and distinguish yourself amongst your competitors

The widening technology gap

The last few years has seen an unprecedented burst of innovation in technology that has become ubiquitous in our everyday lives: touchscreens are no longer just on our phones, but our microwaves and refrigerators; computing is no longer about number crunching but about a quick Wikipedia search to settle a dinner time family debate; television isn’t just about watching, it’s about recording, multiple screens and social media.

With this comes an ever-increasing technology gap for persons with disabilities (PWD). It does not have to be this way. With some thoughtful planning and design, most of these products can be adapted to better meet the needs of PWD and also become more usable for everybody.

Why this is a concern for your organization?

Did you know:

  • On average, companies that pay attention to disability issues outperform their competitors.
  • About 1 in 3 adults have some form of disability (meaning they have difficulty with at least one basic action or complex activity limitation).
  • With the boomer generation now becoming the Silver Tsunami, the need for technology to adapt to serve persons with disabilities is greater than ever before.

Putting accessibility in your product development planning can seem overwhelming, but imagine the benefits when you are producing technology products that are accessible:

  • You are open to a wider market.
  • You build customer loyalty in a place that carries extraordinary meaning.
  • You set the pace for your competitors.
  • Complying with current and emerging regulations around accessibility and technology.

The Neil Squire Society is here to help you do just that.

What Can Neil Squire Society Do for You?

We are experts on the problems faced by PWD and understand how to create solutions in a pragmatic, cost effective way:

  • We are experts on the problem.
  • We understand technology.
  • We provide guidance about technologies used by PWD.

From product conception to production, we have a proven track record of helping businesses and organizations move towards meaningful accessibility, we can help you:

  • Craft an accessibility road map that includes such key elements as:
    • product development road map
    • coordination of accessibility across departments within an organization
    • building consensus and setting achievable strategic accessibility targets
    • corporate education on accessibility issues
  • Ensure that your product is both usable and accessible through professional testing.
  • Identify accessibility pain points through our comprehensive audit framework.
  • Fix website accessibility issues by delivering HTML done to accessibility standards.
  • Create open data accessibility strategies around visualization of data (graphs, charts and maps).

For more information contact:

Harry Lew
Manager of Research and Development
604.412.7599
harryl@neilsquire.ca

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