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  1. WHO WE ARE… • The Technology Accessibility for All Floridians (TAAF) is a subcommittee that reports to the CIO Council. TAAF is represented by the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of Florida government. TAAF also has participants that represent the Military and local government. • Our subcommittee has over 50 members representing a cross section of skills that include Web Managers, Computer Programmers, Public Information Specialists and Training Specialists.

  2. WHO WE ARE… • Enterprise Guidelines Subcommittee • Our Purpose: • To develop guidelines that ensure universal access to electronic information. • Guidelines for: • Electronic Documents • Multimedia • User Interface

  3. WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO… • Florida AeIT Act of 2006 • During the 2006 Florida Legislative session, the Florida Legislature passed the Accessible electronic Information Technology Act (AeIT) regarding access for persons with disabilities to electronic information and information technology.

  4. WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO… • Florida AeIT Act of 2006 • The AeIT Act was incorporated into sections 282.601 through 282.606, Florida Statutes. The Florida Department of Management Services adopted administrative rules for the development, procurement, maintenance, and use of accessible electronic information technology by governmental units in January 2007. These rules are published as Florida Administrative Code, Sections 60-8.001 through 60.8.004.

  5. WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO… • It’s the LAW • and…

  6. WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO… • It’s the • RIGHT THING TO DO! Accessibility Benefits Everyone

  7. ACCESSIBILITY BENEFITS EVERYONE • Promoting Universal Design • Accommodating Aging & Impairments • Bridging Digital Divide • Recognizing Trends in Internet Access

  8. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –UNIVERSAL DESIGN • While the original purpose for accessibility of electronic information was to answer the needs of persons with disabilities, everyone benefits by making electronic information accessible.

  9. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –UNIVERSAL DESIGN • HOW?

  10. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –UNIVERSAL DESIGN • Examples: • Curb cuts were first instituted for accessibility when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 mandated that physical, public locations be accessible for any user. • The curb cut example is often used to describe universal design. While a great example, what is sometimes missed are the benefits that are an off shoot of this design strategy.

  11. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –UNIVERSAL DESIGN • Curb Cuts Cont. • For example, A wider curb cut is also useful for motor vehicles to enter a driveway or parking lot on the other side of a sidewalk. • Smaller curb cuts, approximately a foot in width, can be utilized in parking areas or sidewalks to allow for a drainage path of water runoff to flow into an area where it may infiltrate such as grass or a garden.

  12. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –UNIVERSAL DESIGN • There are many examples of universal design as it relates in the technology world: • Buttons on control panels that can be distinguished by touch • Auditory output redundant with information on visual displays • Visual output redundant with information in auditory output • Volume controls on auditory output • Speed controls on auditory output • Choice of language on speech output • Closed captioning on television networks • Language Translation On Demand

  13. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –UNIVERSAL DESIGN • People with disabilities constitute a major portion of global population. According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that 400 to 500 million people worldwide have some kind of disability and require access to Information Technology. • Recent statistics indicate there are 54 million visually disabled and 10 million legally blind Americans, and the number is increasing at an accelerated rate.

  14. Accessibility Benefits Everyone – ACCOMMODATING AGING & IMPAIRMENTS • An aging population in U.S., Europe, and Japan is another parameter in the accelerated rate of people with disabilities. Overall aging is a major social and economical parameter in industrial nations.

  15. Accessibility Benefits Everyone – ACCOMMODATING AGING & IMPAIRMENTS

  16. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –ACCOMMODATING AGING & IMPAIRMENTS • 57% of current working-age computer users may benefit from accessible technology because of mild to severe impairments: • Vision • Hearing • Dexterity • Speech • Cognitive As the number of people who experience these impairments continues to increase, more people will require accessible information technology.

  17. Accessibility Benefits Everyone – ACCOMMODATING AGING & IMPAIRMENTS • All adults over 50 who use the Internet: 29 percent, or approximately 47.27 million. Adults over 50 comprise about 37 percent of the overall U.S. adult population. • Adults age 50-64 who use the Internet: 29 percent, or approximately 47. 27 million. Adults age 50-64 make up approximately 22 percent of the total U.S. adult population.

  18. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE • Making electronic information accessible was envisioned to answer the needs of persons with disabilities after the internet moved away from text based sites. What has emerged is the realization that we all benefit by making electronic information accessible through multiple venues. The most important being cell phones. • Only 41% of all internet access is by people who access the internet by PC only. In 2006, 25% of all internet access was exclusively by mobile phones. This year it is anticipated that more people will access the internet using a mobile device than via a PC.

  19. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE Internet Available Everywhere: • Home • Public Places • Public Transit • Satellite Connections • Cellular Connections

  20. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE Home broadband adoption increased from 47% from March 2007 to 55% in April 2008 and is expected to hit 1 billion world wide users in 2008.

  21. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE • Yet 10% of homes in the USA still use 56K modems

  22. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE • Although there are very few (mobile) satellite internet users, it may be their only means to access the internet. • Satellite internet access is used from the most remote locations in the world.

  23. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –RECOGNIZING TRENDS • This increasingly omnipresent internet is allowing the creation of new devices that change where, when and how we access information. • A growing portion of the population now access the internet through non-traditional devices.

  24. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –RECOGNIZING TRENDS • Cell phones represent over 25% of internet users. • Internet browsing on cell phones is primarily text based.

  25. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –RECOGNIZING TRENDS • Portable devices now have similar power and feature experience when compared to laptops and workstations. Examples of internet access on a portable device:

  26. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –RECOGNIZING TRENDS • Even refrigerators now come equipped with internet access.

  27. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –RECOGNIZING TRENDS • A recent survey finds that 97% of young people today play video games in one form or another. • Both regular gaming consoles and portable gaming devices have internet browsers.

  28. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –RECOGNIZING TRENDS Portable Assistive Technology • Voice & Hearing Amplifiers • Tour Guide Systems • Braille Note with GPS • Portable Word Processors • Voice Activation • Text to Speech • KNFB Readers • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)

  29. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –RECOGNIZING TRENDS Accessibility is NOT JUST FOR WEB Consider accessibility when distributing electronic information: • Email • CDs / DVDs • Shared Drives / Thumb Drives • Intranets • Television Broadcast / Webcast • Multimedia • Publications (newsletters, magazines, etc.)

  30. Accessibility Benefits Everyone –RECOGNIZING TRENDS Degrade Gracefully

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