Cloud Computing for People with Disabilities

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Cloud Computing:

A New Opportunity for People
with Disabilities


Clayton Lewis, NIDRR Consultant

Coleman Institute

March 13, 2012

What is cloud computing?

past

future

Advantages


Very low cost for services we already have


Much easier to develop and deploy new
services




A new world of useful services, at very
low cost, available everywhere to everyone

Why Is Cloud Computing Important for
People with Disabilities?


Cloud technology can be used to make access
to information and services
much easier
for
people with disabilities.


User profiles in the cloud can allow computers
to
automatically personalize
themselves to
meet the needs of
individual

users


GPII


Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure initiative


GPII.org


Led by Gregg Vanderheiden (U Wisconsin), with
NIDRR support


International effort to improve the user
experience for computer users with
disabilities…


… and promote the development of more and
better access technology.

How it Works

User
profile in
the cloud

Enhanced browser
accesses user
profile…

…customizes
presentation of Web
page to meet user’s
individual needs

How it Works

User
profile in
the cloud

Matchmaker
program helps user
identify content
and applications
that can be
configured to meet
their needs

Application Scenarios


Automatic setup of public computer in library
or shared computer at home


In school, children get the presentations they
need… and they can access them at home, too


Automatic setup of workplace
accommodations



More in vision video at GPII.org


Support for Software Providers


GPII infrastructure enhancements aim to


Simplify the development of accessible
applications


Support online delivery of tools and services


personalization for access


subscriber authentication


New and better services will result

GPII Status


Cloud4All


$11M European Commission project to
implement key aspects of GPII


Launched Nov 2, 2011


Additional amounts in international matches


NIDRR committed to the development of this
potential in the USA

NIDRR’s Cloud Initiative


Pilot implementations in partnership with
other agencies


Health care, education, voting


Development work to complement
international efforts


Cooperation on strategic research



A Word of Caution


cloud technology will not solve all of our
problems


there is a risk of exaggerated expectations and
mistaken resource allocations


parallel: technology in the schools


success with technology requires investment
in people and their skills


we need to grasp the opportunities of the
cloud, but with a sober sense of reality!

Discussion


Questions or comments?





Follow up:


clayton.lewis@ed.gov,

The Cloud Opportunity


Use the capabilities of the cloud…


…to make it easier for people with disabilities
to access the programs and services available
in the cloud, and


…to make it easier for service developers to
provide access for users with disabilities