Accessibility

Issues related to accessibility and individuals with disabilities.

Report Lays Out Array of Options to Ensure Disabled Veterans Can Vote

WASHINGTON - Better use of technology and support services could make voting more accessible for the more than 49,000 Americans injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report released today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Read more »

After illness, transportation is the most frequently cited barrier to voting for people with disabilities, reported by approximately 25% of respondents in a national survey.

States should provide electronic ballot delivery to all voters. Electronic ballot delivery allows voters to use a computer to download, complete and print their absentee ballots. This eliminates the costs of mailing out ballots to voters and allows individuals with disabilities to use the assistive technology on their computers to complete the ballot. Voters do not send completed ballots over the Internet, so the security risks are no greater than other vote-by-mail systems. Read more »

The Importance of Absentee Voting for Accessible Elections

May 21, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

States should provide electronic ballot delivery to all voters. Electronic ballot delivery allows voters to use a computer to download, complete and print their absentee ballots. The voter then mails in these ballots just like current absentee ballots. There are two main benefits of electronic delivery: first, it eliminates the costs of mailing out ballots to voters; and second, it allows individuals with disabilities to use the assistive technology on their computers to complete the ballot. Voters do not send completed ballots over the Internet, so the security risks are no greater than other vote-by-mail systems. Moreover, this option is already available for military and overseas voters in many states so it would be relatively easy to extend it to all voters.

ITIF Consortium Wins Federal Grant to Make Voting More Accessible for Injured Soldiers

WASHINGTON - The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) consortium is the winner of the Military Heroes Initiative grant competition, sponsored by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The $500,000 grant will help advance efforts to improve voting technology and processes for military service members disabled in combat operations. Read more »

Statement by ITIF President Rob Atkinson on the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

"Information technology has played an important role in helping millions of Americans with disabilities reach their potential and more fully enjoy life. Fortunately, we are just getting started. From GPS with audio prompts that help disabled people navigate, to IT-enabled artificial retinas that are restoring and improving vision to IT-powered artificial limbs, IT is at the center of giving new abilities to more and more people. Read more »

Policies to Increase Broadband Adoption at Home

November 5, 2009
| Reports

While the vast majority of U.S. households can subscribe to broadband, far fewer choose to. Thus crafting effective policies to increase demand for broadband should be a critical part of a national broadband strategy aimed at increasing the number of individuals who use broadband Internet to drive productivity, enhance their quality of life, and benefit society. In a new report, ITIF details a number of policy proposals that could significantly spur an increase in broadband adoption by addressing critical barriers to adoption including cost, usability and the perceived utility of broadband access. These policies include:

1. Fund a competition for ISPs to attract new subscribers in low-income communities.
2. Support innovative pricing plans by ISPs.
3. Allow Lifeline to be used for broadband.
4. Use E-rate funds to help defray the costs of low income families owning a computer.
5. Extend and expand the moratorium on Internet taxes.
6. Fund digital literacy programs.
7. Create a digital literacy and broadband adoption clearinghouse.
8. Establish a reinvented TOP program.
9. Pass along cost savings to citizens that use e-government services.

Digital Quality of Life: Understanding the Benefits of the IT Revolution

October 1, 2008
| Reports

In the new global economy information technology (IT) is the major driver of both economic growth and improved quality of life. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in its 2007 report Digital Prosperity: Understanding the Economic Benefits of the Information Technology Revolution documented how IT, since the mid-1990s, has been the principal driver of increased economic growth not only in the United States but also in many other nations. However, IT is also at the core of dramatic improvements in the quality of life for individuals around the world. In our new report, we show how IT is the key enabler of many, if not most, of today’s key innovations and improvements in our lives and society—from better education and health care, to a cleaner and more energy-efficient environment, to safer and more secure communities and nations.

Download a complete copy of the report (PDF)

Table of Contents

Part I – The Digital Information Revolution

Part II – Improving the Lives of Individuals

Part III – Improving our World

Part IV – Challenges Moving Forward

Mind the Gap: Benchmarking Digital Inclusion in America

December 10, 2007
| Presentations

Benchmarking Digital Inclusion, a presentation by ITIF President Rob Atkinson to the Digital Inclusion Forum on December 10, 2007.

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