What We Do

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Raising the Floor partners with collaborative, multi-sector and applied research organizations and networks that proactively prevent barriers and promote greater inclusion. We facilitate adopting an inclusive-centered approach to help design, develop, and promote resources and products that contribute to advance digital equality, enhancing people's quality of life.

Key activities

Advocacy. We ensure a project includes a perspective for inclusion, in RtF-I’s broader sense. 

Assessment. We evaluate and improve the accessibility of interactive systems.

Design and development. We co-create and develop solutions.

Exploration - Continued exploration of other ways to ensure digital inclusion for all.

Research. We conduct inclusive-centered research, to help inform design. 

Standards - Continued work with standards groups to ensure inclusion of inclusion. 

Training. We ideate educational tools on the principles and techniques of inclusive design.

Examples of projects

  • Coding to Learn and Create - designing educational coding tools for kids who have been left out of learning—especially those with complex needs.
  • DeveloperSpace - A common space for those wanting to learn about or develop new solutions (a GPII project).
  • Global AT Database Initiative - participation in a new collaborative effort to promote AT databases for every country.
  • Inclusive Learning - developing new IT-based tools and methodologies to address students' diversity in vocational education centres.
  • Morphic - making computers easier to use through auto-personalization, making built-in accessibility and usability features easier to find and use, and interface simplification and ultra-simplification (based on GPII's auto-personalization project)..
  • SmartWork - supporting active and healthy ageing at work for older office workers, through a suite of smart services, building a Worker-Centric AI System for work ability sustainability. (Horizon 2020). 
  • UI Options - adapting the user interface to meet diverse and variable personal needs (GPII project, led by IDRC).
  • Unified Listing  - A comprehensive compilation of ICT accessibility tools from around the world
  • We Count - a community-driven project to address the inherent bias against small minorities and outliers in artificial intelligence and data analytics.

This work is the result of a collective effort of over 50 organizations from 13 different countries and the multidisciplinary expertise of top research centers, universities, companies, data protection agencies and public and non-profit organisations.