How ad-blocking software could revolutionise disabled people’s lives

30 Sep 2015

Internet users in general find autoplay videos and shiny dynamic advertising to be annoying. For persons with disabilities (e.g. deaf, blind or epileptic), these can go beyond annoyance, making some websites inaccessible. The Guardian's article How ad-blocking software could revolutionise disabled people’s lives explains more about the problems faced, and some possible solutions.

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Internet access is growing rapidly, yet large groups of people remain unconnected to the Internet. As of 2015, about 43% of people had access to the Internet (in developing countries only 34%). Access to ICTs is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to ‘significantly increase access to ICTs and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’ (Goal 9.c).

According to UN estimates, there are 1 billion people with disabilities in the world. The factors that contribute to increasing this number include war and destruction by natural as well as human causes; poverty and unhealthy living conditions; and the absence of knowledge about disability, its causes, prevention, and treatment. The Internet provides new possibilities for social inclusion and for safeguarding the rights of persons with disabilities.


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