December 3, 2014 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)

IDPD 2014: The Promise of Technology

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is an annual observation promoted by the United Nations to raise awareness of disability issues and the gains to be derived from the greater integration of persons with disabilities into  political, social, economic, and cultural life.

Each year the IDPD focuses on a different issue. The theme for 2014 is “The Promise of Technology”.  Assistive technology (AT) promotes greater independence by enabling people with disabilities to perform tasks that they would otherwise unable to accomplish. AT includes screen readers that interpret a document displayed on a computer screen and re-present it to the user, for example using automated text-to-speech.

Properly structured electronic documents, such as those that are PDF/UA (Universal Accessibility) compliant, optimize the reading experience of AT users.