Raising the Floor Home Page
"Raising the Floor addresses a major unmet need through an ambitious and exciting approach."
Judy Brewer (Director, Web Accessibility Initiative, W3C)
"Without the sort of dynamic and breaking-the-mold plans you have proposed, people with disabilities will find themselves edging further and further backwards, losing out on the educational, employment and social opportunities presented by new media and information technologies."
Larry Goldberg (Director, Media Access, WGBH)
"The proposed approach will establish a safety net, provide AT developers with foundational technology, and begin the groundwork for a more sustainable approach to accessibility."
Jutta Treviranus (Director, Inclusive Design Resource Center, OCAD Univ.)
"It is timely for a serious focus on this topic ... the appropriate team to assemble the necessary intellectual and development resources for the proposed project."
Vinton G. Cerf (VP, Google)
There are over a billion people across the globe with disabilities or literacy problems. Many of these people cannot access the Internet and its wealth of resources as their peers can, because they require a special interface accommodation of some type.
Raising the Floor (RtF) is an international coalition of individuals and organizations working to ensure that the Internet, and everything available through it, is accessible to people experiencing accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, or age. Of particular concern are those that are underserved or unserved due to the type or combination of disabilities they have, the part of the world they live in, or the limited resources (financial or program) available to them.
Our goal is to raise the level of access technology (the floor) that is available to everyone, and to create an infrastructure to facilitate the development, distribution, and support of a wider range of more affordable accessibility solutions internationally.
We will do this by:
- facilitating innovation,
- increasing natural built-in accessibility,
- growing the market for assistive technologies - internationally,
- reducing the cost to develop, disseminate, deploy and support new assistive technologies and services
- maximizing that which can be done through ordinary market mechanisms and minimizing what must be done through government or philanthropic efforts
University Looking for Public Comment on Proposed Accessibility Policy
June 1, 2013.
New Mobile Company Offers Phones and Service for Consumers with Vision Loss
May 31, 2013.
Surveys on Costs and Benefits of Accessibility
May 27, 2013.
New Toolkit for Broadband Adoption
May 6, 2013.
Low Income and the Internet: Help on the Way?
April 24, 2013.