An accessibility infrastructure for the global south

Joyojeet Pal, Priyank Chandra, Terence O'neill, Maura Youngman, Jasmine Jones, Ji Hye Song, William Strayer, Ludmila Ferrari

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Abstract

We propose an "accessibility infrastructure" view to understanding accessibility in real-world settings for people with visual impairments in the Global South. We study six cities - Blantyre, Freetown, Kigali, Mumbai, San Jose, and Seoul - All major cities from signatory nations of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Using mixed methods including a survey of 219 respondents and 59 in-depth interviews, we examine the gap between the policy promise of technological accessibility and existing social and economic infrastructure. We examine the idea of accessibility infrastructure and specifically focus on its social components through two factors - stigma related to disability, and the community around technology users - both of which emerge as important factors in enabling or excluding AT use. We propose that efforts around accessibility, particularly in the post-CRPD global awareness need to closely examine the reasons behind the gaps between the technological capabilities, and the real world possibilities for people with visual impairments where a social infrastructure provides a major barrier to meaningful accessibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2016
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450343060
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 3 2016
Event8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2016 - Ann Arbor, United States
Duration: Jun 3 2016Jun 6 2016

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Volume03-06-June-2016

Other

Other8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2016
CountryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor
Period6/3/166/6/16

Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Korea
  • Malawi
  • Rwanda

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