May: Most products are not fully usable by a blind consumer, so it is important that we highlight those products that are accessible in order for manufacturers to take note of this important customer segment.
Said: CES is shining a 2020 light on the importance of accessibility in consumer products and is a very important perspective that can add a competitive edge to any product and enhance its usability. CES is where innovation starts. I am a believer that only
when accessibility starts at the design stage will we close the gap between disability and mainstream. Otherwise the gap will
keep widening and we will never be able to catch-up with the rapidly changing technology.
Lane: It is so important for them to be in attendance. This helps them to find out what technology is out there that can help the community. It also gives them an opportunity to talk with other like-minded organizations and tech companies. This can help in the education and implementation of assistive tech.
May: Bringing together the companies that focus on accessibility allows other manufacturers that wish to be accessible to learn best practices and to understand the tremendous value of their products to people who are blind or disabled.
Said: I totally agree and love the idea! I attended once, and it was a nice introduction to other key players in the industry. Although it’s important to have round tables, I’m not a fan of isolating disability discussions from the mainstream. I think it will be very effective and brilliant if we can immerse ourselves in the advanced technologies of all ability and all ages and learn from each other’s perspectives.
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