Since the advent of home broadband, smartphones and other internet-enabled devices, there has been a shift in how we communicate with each other. The internet has certainly made many aspects of life easier, but for those with a disability, digital exclusion is still a real problem.
Raising the Floor, a consortium of academic, industry, and non-governmental organizations and individuals are working to develop what they call the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure, a cloud-based personalized interface system that could change the landscape of assistive technologies. The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) would allow people who cannot use the standard interfaces on devices to create their own personalized interface settings and then invoke these interface adaptations, automatically, on any device, anywhere, anytime. In other words, someone who needs magnification, high contrast, captions, text-to-voice, or other interface adaptions will simply setup a profile that describes their needs, and any device that they use, such as an ATM, ticket machine, library or school computer, will access their stored profile on the Cloud and automatically change the device’s settings to match their needs.