Maureen Piggot talks about technology for people with intellectual disabilities – ETR

Funka is a company that works on accessibility. They did an interview with Maureen Piggot. Funka asked Maureen some questions about accessibility and technology.

Maureen Piggot talks about technology for people with intellectual disabilities

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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

in society.

 

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

in easy-to-read.

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.

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