5.3 Technology considerations

The TASCHA report found that one of the biggest barriers to functional accessibility among respondents was the lack of low-cost AT in the local language (Spanish). The report recommended that:

  • The development of AT in local languages be promoted and supported by funding organizations of accessible MCT projects;
  • Center staff be encouraged to develop low-cost solutions, particularly for adaptive equipment such as input devices, or workstation adaptations to help overcome common accessibility barriers;
  • Large technology companies be encouraged to develop their products according to the principles of Universal Design, making mainstream products both accessible and usable to widest range of users.

The TASCHA study identified a disconnect between the AT available in the telecenters and those made available by employers to enable a person with a disability to carry out their job.