Mission and Vision
Raising the Floor is an international organization committed to the advancement of social equity through digital inclusion. In our research, design and development work we consider the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age, and other forms of human difference.
Our work is possible thanks to a global community of developers, designers, researchers, advocates, companies, universities and organizations, in particular, the Inclusive Design Research Center (IDRC) at OCAD University in Canada, and the Trace R&D Center at the University of Maryland in the United States, to proactively ensure that emerging technology and practices are designed inclusively.
Integrating inclusive design and solutions not only benefits those for whom these efforts were originally designed for, but often has a greater impact on society as well.
We support open standards to distribute our work as widely as possible.
The community working with Raising the Floor has grown to over 300 individuals and over 50 companies, universities and organizations. It includes people and organizations of all points of view and interests: consumers, developers, researchers, practitioners, policy people, vendors, and manufacturers of mainstream and assistive technology. They hail from all parts of the world including every continent except Antarctica.
There are two Raising the Floor divisions that work together to extend the reach and impact of our digital inclusion mission: