Vint Cerf, known as one of the "fathers of the internet", also happens to have a hearing impairment. In a recent interview with CNET conducting as part of their “Tech Enabled” series, he stated
"It's a crime that the most versatile device on the planet, the computer, has not adapted well to people who need help, who need assistive technology.”
In recent years, however, that’s begun to change, and the pace of technological advances is dizzying. Prior to 1998 when Congress amended the Americans with Disabilities Act to make IT accessible to all (Section 508), the iPhone was still a decade away. Today, some smartphones incorporate active braille technology. A decade from now, who knows what breakthrough new tech will be available.
Here at Qlik, our architecture and philosophy are to embrace cutting edge technology, including those serving accessibility needs. Because technology moves quickly, Qlik’s platform is built to leverage the best of new advances. Our open architecture and extensibility allows users to integrate and leverage the latest accessibility capabilities as soon they are developed. So rather than waiting for the next product release, users can benefit from the latest innovations today.
Because just like driving or grabbing a cup of coffee, data exploration is for everyone.