Universal accessibility of NICTs means that products must include basic accessibility functionalities, and they must be easily adapted to all types of disabilities, in accordance with the needs of each individual. Given the non-accessible nature of standard products for people with disabilities, the practice of manufacturing separate, adaptive products must be avoided. Thus, not only must we work on developing adapted products, but we must also, above all, work directly with standard product designers and manufacturers so that their products might eventually become more easily adapted and usable for people with disabilities. When creating standard products, a provision must be made from the outset for future product adaptation.
It is important to develop adaptive interfaces so that all technology can be of use to people with disabilities.
In preparing an in-depth cost analysis for the development of an adaptive product, all costs to society of not developing a product must be considered.
The inclusive approach calls for the involvement of adaptive product users, i.e., people with disabilities, in the entire product development process, from design to research and development, so as to truly meet their needs. This approach may lower the cost of specialized equipment, which is still very expensive.
Technological research is currently lagging in terms of analyzing demand and the true needs and expectations of people with disabilities. The role of scientists is to identify the needs of this sector of the population and determine what technology can best meet them.
The ageing of baby-boomers, a group with minor impairments, is translating into an increase in the number of customers in the market for adaptive products. This increase is being acknowledged by companies with large markets, but it also constitutes a considerable threat to people with more serious impairments. This latter group is a much less profitable clientele in the adaptive products market. The market itself is currently the only NICT regulator, and not the true needs of people with disabilities. Moreover, the adaptive products market for people with disabilities is small, and so companies have little incentive to improve existing products.
La Commission des partenaires du marché du travail contribue au financement des activités du
Comité d'adaptation de la main-d'oeuvre (CAMO) pour personnes handicapées.
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