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G3ict is proud to present its latest White Paper researched in cooperation and with the support of AT&T. Drawing on interviews with key stakeholders, the White Paper explores how the Internet of Things will be a game changer for persons with disabilities and seniors in the coming years.

ATLANTA, GA (August 11, 2015) — G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies, is pleased to announce the release of a timely and critical report that explores the impact of the Internet of Things on persons with disabilities.

Recent developments in both networks and devices are enabling a much greater range of connected devices and Internet of Things (IoT) functionalities. Researched in collaboration with AT&T, the 22-page document, ‘The Internet of Things: New Promises for Persons with Disabilities,’ explores the impact of IoT on persons with disabilities. IoT opens new opportunities for persons with disabilities and seniors, giving them an unprecedented control on their environment.

 

Over the last 20 years, the Internet has brought a revolution in connecting people through the world, regardless of where they live. Today, the Internet connects objects to objects, and people to objects. The Internet of Things – with home automation, customized health care, better management of everyday tasks, transportation and energy consumption – provides an extraordinary opportunity for persons with disabilities and seniors to live independent and fulfilling lives longer and in better comfort.

 

The 2015 M-Enabling Summit, held on June 1-2, 2015 in Washington D.C., focused on those promises, and presentations by experts from industry, users and apps developers showed that they are quickly becoming a reality.

 

You can download this report for free from our Publications & Reports page. A hard copy of the report is available for purchase at MagCloud.
The G3ict White Paper Business-Case Series documents innovative accessibility solutions and good practices with real-world case studies for users and organizations seeking to improve the accessibility of their information technology, applications and services.

For more information, please contact: Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Vice President, Institutional Relations, G3ict fcesabianchi@g3ict.org

About G3ict
G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies – is an advocacy initiative launched in December 2006 to promote the ICT accessibility provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in cooperation with the Secretariat for the CRPD at UNDESA. Its mission is to facilitate and support the implementation of the dispositions of the CRPD promoting digital accessibility and Assistive Technologies. Participating organizations include industry, academia, the public sector and organizations representing persons with disabilities. G3ict produces jointly with ITU the e-Accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities, as well as specialized reports which are widely used around the world by policy makers involved in the implementation of the CRPD. For additional information, visit http://www.g3ict.org.

The MIREIA (Measuring the Impact of eInclusion Actors) study aims to better understand the role of e-Inclusion intermediary actors and to create adequate instruments to facilitate the demonstration of their outcomes and their contribution to the achievement of European e- Inclusion policy goals.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play an essential role in supporting daily life in today’s digital society. The EU policy on e-Inclusion aims at reducing gaps in ICT usage and promoting the use of ICT to overcome exclusion, and improve economic performance, employment opportunities, quality of life, social participation and cohesion.

The MIREIA research aims to address two key gaps identified at policy and research level:
a) the need to characterize the diverse set of actors involved in implementing eInclusion policies;
b) the lack of common methodologies and practice in measuring the impact of ICT for socio-economic inclusion.

The MIREIA research will carry out the following activities:

  1. State of play Analysis – Review of Literature and practice on measuring ICT for socio-economic inclusion.
  2. Selected Locality Mapping – to provide a detailed picture of eInclusion local landscapes in selected localities
  3. Conceptualization and design of the Impact Assessment Framework for eInclusion intermediaries
  4. Survey design and testing of the Impact Assessment Framework for eInclusion intermediaries
  5. Development of an implementation methodology for applying the Impact Assessment Framework for eInclusion intermediaries
  6. Stakeholders‘ Engagement, communication and dissemination

Dates
Start date: 1st January 2012
Preparatory studies: January – May 2012
1st Experts Workshop: 3-4 May 2012 (JRC-IPTS, Seville)
Stakeholders’ Consultation Workshops – 6th September 2012
2nd Experts’ Workshops: June 2013
Final Stakeholders’ Consultation Event: October 2013
End date: 31st December 2013

MIREIA website