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Funka is a company that works on accessibility.
They did an interview with Maureen Piggot.
Maureen Piggot is Inclusion Europe’s former president.
Funka asked Maureen some questions about accessibility and technology.
This is an easy-to-read version of the interview:
How can we make sure that technology is good for everyone,
also for people with intellectual disabilities?
Technology can be very good
for people with intellectual disabilities.
But technology can also be bad.
There is new technology now.
This technology was made to support
people with disabilities and people who are ill.
Sometimes, this works well.
But the new technology can also make people less included
It is important to listen to the people
who use the technology.
For example, people with intellectual disabilities.
They know what they need and what they want.
What new technology for people with intellectual disabilities
you would like to see?
I would like to see technologies that create information
I would also like to see games
that help people with intellectual disabilities to learn.
I would also like to see technologies
that support people who cannot speak.
And I would like to see technologies that
help with supported decision-making.
What should the European Union do to create more inclusion?
The most important thing is to close institutions
and end all forms of segregation.
The EU has done many good things
to create more inclusion,
but there is still a long way to go.
For example, accessibility of transport and buildings.
And institutions need to close down everywhere in Europe.
Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.
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