Anyone who has trouble using digital devices

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Users are the primary focus of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII). When completed and deployed the GPII will make it much easier for anyone facing barriers due to disability, literacy, digital literacy, or aging to figure out what would make products easier for them to understand and use. They would be able to use it if it was simpler, or had larger text, or would allow anything they couldn’t understand to be read to them, or would look like something they were used to, etc.

Once they had discovered which things would make it easier for them, the Unified Listing will make it very easy to find every assistive technology or mainstream technology that has the features they need anywhere in the world. As the GPII is deployed and is built in to all of the different digital technologies in the person’s environment, the GPII would allow them to come up to a computer or other device, and have it instantly and automatically change its interface into a form the user could operate. Today, we are working on computers and tablets and kiosks and phones. In the future, the goal is to reach any digital technology so that someone who is having difficulty understanding a complicated thermostat, or oven with a digital interface, would be able to have these devices also present them with interfaces that were easier to understand, or easier to see, or would work without vision if they could not see.

By making it less expensive for developers to create new solutions, the GPII will also lower the cost of assistive technologies. Also, as more and more access features are built directly into mainstream products, the GPII will allow users to have those features instantly turned on and configured to meet their particular needs. For example, a student who must move around on campus and use different computers in different computer labs, often using different operating systems (a Macintosh in their graphics course, Olympics machine in computer science, a Windows machine in engineering, and an android tablet in English lab). All of these have access features on them that might be appropriate to the individual’s needs but they are all different and they never know which computer they will be able to use when they enter the lab. The GPII will automatically cause any one of the computers in any of the labs to be able to automatically turn on the version of the features that are appropriate to that individual and adjust them all to that particular individual’s needs.