A person on a wheelchair with a foreground text: what does AT mean to you?

What does AT mean to you? An introduction to the Accessibility Masterlist

“I believe that AT help the people I work with and people of all abilities and ages to be included in everything” – Jason O’Reilly

We live in an era in which digital technologies have become an intrinsic part of society. They pervade in all aspects of life, from education to employment, civic participation, travel, entertainment, health and safety. Computers, tablets, smartphones, ticket machines, home appliances, you name it: all are essential to the day-to-day of people. Yet ironically not everyone is able to access these technologies – especially (but not exclusively) those who experience disability, digital illiteracy or aging related barriers to information and communication technologies (ICT).

The Accessibility Masterlist was designed as part of the DeveloperSpace to serve as a resource for researchers, developers, students, and others interested in understanding or developing products that incorporate one or more of these features. All content available is categorised by feature or approach along with its applicable disabilities, each marked by different icons: B for ‘blindness’, LV for ‘low vision’, CLL for ‘cognitive, language and learning disabilities (including low literacy), PHY for ‘physical disabilities’ and D/HOH for ‘deaf and hard of hearing’.

“This machine has changed my life and given me such self-confidence. I can speak to whoever I want, whenever I want, and joy of knowing I will be understood is immeasurable” – Bobbie Connolly

Ever since its launch, the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure has strived to make digital technologies accessible to everyone. The goal now is to attend as many queries as possible in order to expand the horizons on accessibility so that the above quote ceases to be an exception.