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Author(s): Dusan Simsik | Alena Galajdova | Zlatica Dolna

Journal: Advances in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
ISSN 1804-3119

Volume: 4;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 220;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Information and communication technologies | social inclusion | information society | assistive technologies | design for all | disadvantaged groups.

ABSTRACT
Information and communication technologies (ICT) affect all aspects of life, in the time of technical progress there are also special assistive devices developed that makes the daily life easier. The use of the ICT is rapidly becoming an essential part of social, educational and economic of sphere of European citizens’ life. There is a concern whether the products and services, that are available nowadays, are fully accessible to the public area, but also to elderly people and people with disabilities. The aim of this article is to acquire an outline about recent programmes of information society (Slovakia and EU), to revue the basic knowledge about the accessible ICT related to the equal opportunities for people with disabilities and to the social inclusion and describes the principles of accessible technologies (design for all, accessible webpages, electronic services). ICTs offer the enormous potential to maintain, improve quality of life, integration and independence.Information and communication technologies (ICT) affect all aspects of life, in the time of technical progress there are also special assistive devices developed that makes the daily life easier. The use of the ICT is rapidly becoming an essential part of social, educational and economic of sphere of European citizens’ life. There is a concern whether the products and services, that are available nowadays, are fully accessible to the public area, but also to elderly people and people with disabilities. The aim of this article is to acquire an outline about recent programmes of information society (Slovakia and EU), to revue the basic knowledge about the accessible ICT related to the equal opportunities for people with disabilities and to the social inclusion and describes the principles of accessible technologies (design for all, accessible webpages, electronic services). ICTs offer the enormous potential to maintain, improve quality of life, integration and independence.
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