Accessibility

Issues related to accessibility and individuals with disabilities.

Will Open Government Be Accessible for People with Disabilities?

February 3, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

As the open government movement picks up steam, there is potential for the “digital divide” to eventually become the “government gap” wherein access to government grows for some groups and declines for others. In particular, open government advocates and policymakers need to be cognizant of the extent to which open government projects deliver benefits for people with disabilities. Castro discuses the problem and potential solutions in this piece for Open Government: Global Perspectives.

EAC Grant Funding: Accessibility Research, Election Administration and Voting Systems

May 9, 2013
| Presentations

Senior Analyst Daniel Castro will be part of the EAC discussion on the results of grant funded work and how recent innovations in accessibility research may be applied to the future of election administration and voting systems. The event will be webcast live & feature a Twitterfall on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Visit the EAC website for more information. 

Accessible Voting Technology Initiative

April 24, 2013
Daniel Castro is interviewed by BFM on the Accessible Voting Technology Initiative.

With poling day approaching very soon, many still are unregistered and some who are registered may not even be able to attend. Citizens that are dealing with disabilities face a variety of barriers to cast their vote. Daniel Castro, Senior Analyst for Information Technology & Innovation Foundation speaks to BFM radio about the Accessible Voting Technology Initiative.

50 Ideas for More Accessible Elections

October 31, 2012
| Reports

This report highlights fifty ideas, both big and small, to improve the accessibility of elections. Some of these ideas have already been implemented in a few elections and represent emerging best practices; others are still in the early design phase. These ideas can help spur others to continue to innovate and pursue new ways of making elections more accessible for all Americans.

ITIF Releases “50 Ideas to Make Voting More Accessible”

WASHINGTON (October 31, 2012) - The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) today released a report detailing fifty actionable ideas to make voting more accessible for all Americans, including voters with disabilities. Read more »

Beta Release of Voter Information Guide® Android Mobile App to Help Make Election Information Accessible for Voters with Disabilities

WASHINGTON (October 18, 2012) – A project funded as part of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation’s (ITIF) Accessible Voting Technology Initiative announced the release of a beta version of its "no-cost-to-the-user" Voter Information Guide® (VIG). VIG is being developed by Apps4Android, Inc. and is being funded by ITIF through a grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. The purpose of this grant is to support the development of technologies that will increase the accessibility of elections for all voters. Read more »

Access Board Meeting on Voting Accessibility

September 10, 2012
| Presentations

ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro will present on current research to make voting more accessible at the September meeting of the Access Board. This event is open to the public.

Making Voting More Accessible for Veterans with Disabilities

July 24, 2012 - 9:30am - 11:00am
Russell Senate Office Building
Constitution Avenue and 1st Street NE
Room 188
Washington
District of Columbia
20001

More than 40,000 American military personnel have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many of these Americans are undergoing lengthy recovery and rehabilitation treatments at hospitals far from home. Many barriers exist that may prevent these Americans from registering and voting in elections. Read more »

Making Voting More Accessible for Veterans with Disabilities

July 24, 2012
ITIF and its research partners will share the conclusions from a set of studies that outline the problems as well as technical and policy recommendations to make voting more accessible.

More than 40,000 American military personnel have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many of these Americans are undergoing lengthy recovery and rehabilitation treatments at hospitals far from home. Many barriers exist that may prevent these Americans from registering and voting in elections. Fortunately, if done right, technology can facilitate voting for these Americans and others who face barriers to participating in the electoral process. Sen. Read more »

Making Voting More Accessible for Veterans with Disabilities

July 24, 2012
| Reports

More than 40,000 American military personnel have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many of these Americans are undergoing lengthy recovery and rehabilitation treatments at hospitals far from home. Many barriers exist that may prevent these Americans from registering and voting in elections. Fortunately, improvements in technology and support services can make voting more accessible for these Americans and others who face barriers to participating in the electoral process. This report outlines the scope of the problem and lays out a number of technical and policy recommendations to make voting more accessible for veterans who have been injured while serving their country.

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