Nafath

Nafath aims to be a key information resource for disseminating the facts about latest trends and innovation in the field of ICT Accessibility. It is published in English and Arabic languages on a quarterly basis and intends to be a window of information to the world, highlighting the pioneering work done in our field to meet the growing demands of ICT Accessibility and Assistive Technology products and services in Qatar and the Arab region.

Accessible Information for people with disabilities and the elderly

Accessible Information for people with disabilities and the elderly

Access to information is a vital part of daily
life in today’s world. With the advent
of Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) has revolutionized
the various mediums of information
distribution. These visually rich multimedia based
mediums enable to engage wider audience however, it can often be
challenging for people with disability
to process information if not presented in an accessible manner. Accessible
information ensures that everyone (elderly
and persons with disabilities) can access
and understand the information they are
given. This accessible information is presented in various ways which may require assistive technology solutions to be read. Following are some examples of
formats and assistive technology solutions that can be used to convey information to the concerned disability areas: In today’s world, it is vital to ensure equal access to information for all segments of society including the elderly and people with disabilities. The advent of ICT has revolutionized the possibilities of presenting
and providing information to a wider range of audience. Access to information is critical at all stages of life including schooling, employment, etc. hence providing accessible information ensures individuals to have the right to information throughout their life cycle.

Persons with Visual Impairment
• Large Print
• Audio Books
• Braille or Tactile forms
• Electronic Documents
• DAISY Readers
• Desktop/Handheld Magnifiers for Print Materials
• Screen Readers for Computer-Based Content
Persons with Deaf or Hearing Impairment
• Closed Captions
• Sign Language Videos
• Text Messages
• Email
• Hearing Aid Compatible Surroundings
• Audio Amplifier Devices
Persons with Learning Difficulties
• Clear Text Font
• Screen Readers with Text Highlighting
• Visual Signages
• Audio/Video Books
• Daisy Readers
• Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Aids
Persons with Physical Disabilities
• Electronic Documents
• Kiosks Screens at Wheelchair Accessible Height
• Switch or Eye-Gaze Controlled Digital Interactive Screens
Elderly
• Large Print
• Clear Text Font
• Audio Amplifier Devices
• Desktop/Handheld Magnifiers for Print Materials
• Screen Readers with Text Highlighting
• Visual Signages

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