Mainstream and assistive technologies

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A Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure can help to lower the per device costs of developing accessibility/usability features and assistive technology by providing a common base from which to develop new products, by reducing duplicated efforts around compatibility with new mainstream technologies, and by increasing the market for accessible products through general awareness campaigns and ubiquitous presence.

The GPII can reduce the costs for Web developers to create content that can be accessed by all, by providing more users with more powerful assistive technologies, allowing web developers more freedom and the ability to use newer web technologies and still be accessible.

The GPII can reduce the costs for Assistive Technology developers by providing open source components to build new products and features, providing specialized cloud services that can add new features to their products by allowing them to reach more customers through the international Unified Listing, by making it much easier for users to install, launch or configure their software on different devices, by making it easier for libraries and other public access points to include their software, by providing access to testers, by providing access to experts on special areas, technical, consumer or service delivery, by providing an international marketplace to those who do not already have a way to market internationally and handle foreign currency purchases, and many other services in the DeveloperSpace and information services.

The GPII can reduce the cost for mainstream companies who are trying to make products that are compatible with assistive technologies for all disabilities by providing common code and approaches that are used across the different types of assistive technologies. Mainstream vendors can also participate more directly in the process of creating interface options.

The GPII can enable new on-demand accessibility services opening up new markets and ways to assist users where technology alone cannot reach.

Finally the GPII can be a facilitator for service-based assistive technology delivery:

As we move into a mobile, interconnected environment we are rapidly reaching a tipping point where the static models for assistive technology licensing reach diminishing returns. Mobile devices change constantly resulting in low cost devices that change in a very short time span. This makes the cost of expensive AT prohibitive to users and also makes the development of an all-inclusive AT for that device a questionable investment. The static model does not scale. Rather, a high volume low price solution is more appropriate. What is needed is a way to deliver an AT using a Software as a Service (SaaS) model such that assistive technologies can be delivered as a cloud-based service or as a standalone application which makes use of services delivered through the GPII. In this business model AT services can be charged using a varying array of licensing means while leveraging other available assistive technologies, provided and licensed through the GPII. In short, the GPII should be considered a facilitator for more rapid deployment of assistive technologies wanting to enter the mobile arena and a means to prototype new business models for new assistive technologies. Without such an infrastructure it will be much harder for assistive technologies to enter these new markets.” Richard Schwerdtfeger, IBM.