[Irl-dean] ICT-Expo

Gerry Ellis gerry.ellis at feelthebenefit.com
Mon Feb 27 05:53:33 GMT 2006


8% is a very low estimation on the number of people who have a disability.

The report of the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities reckons that it is conservatively 10%. However, half of these are over 60 years old

Microsoft commissioned Forrester to do research for them and came up with a figure of 60% of the population who are in some way or other affected in their use of technology if it is inaccessible. See their research at

Take care,

Gerry Ellis
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: brendan spillane 
  To: irl-dean at list.eeng.dcu.ie 
  Sent: Friday, February 24, 2006 12:34 PM
  Subject: Re: [Irl-dean] ICT-Expo

  I agree with Paul on this epically about getting the message to the passers by in only a few seconds. What may be useful is stating the amount of people in this country that have at least 1 form of disability and inform the passers by that their company maybe ignoring this major percentage of the population (8%) 

  Can any business afford to turn 8% of it potential customers away from the door????

  It is my belief that accessible design will only really become mainstream once there is an economic reason for companies to implement it whether this is through advantageous access to more customers or heavy fines from the government. And we have seen how long it takes legislation to come along. 


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