Fifty-four million Americans and more than one billion people worldwide live with disabilities, including a large proportion of senior citizens. They represent a largely untapped market for new and enhanced mobile applications and services. The M-Enabling Summit is the sole global venue exclusively dedicated to supporting innovation and promoting solutions to address this major opportunity.

Market Drivers Converge to Create Major Opportunities for Accessible and Assistive Mobile Solutions

  • Aging populations are increasing in key markets due to improved life expectancy and slowing birth rates.

  • Mobile service providers operating on markets near saturation need to expand among underserved segments including seniors and persons with disabilities.

  • Innovative mobile technology enablers allow developers to deliver new sophisticated accessible and assistive solutions not previously available on other technology platforms.

  • Accessibility features enhance the experience of all users who use mobile devices in situation requiring alternative modes of interaction with their handsets.

  • Accessibility and usability features are now central to the competition among handset and operating system vendors

  • More than 6.5 billion mobile devices create the opportunity to leverage economies of scale for accessible technologies, more than any other technology platform.

  • The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities signed by 159 countries creates a favorable global policy and regulatory environment  to promote mobile phone and service accessibility

  • The implementation of the U.S. 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act further promotes accessible mobile solutions in areas such as emergency communications of web browsing.

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Supporting Organizations:
Aging 2.0 Logo AAPD-The American Association of People with Disabilities AFB-American Foundation for the Blind Logo ATIA-Assistive Technology Industry Association Logo
BiometricUpdate Logo BridgingApps Logo Daisy Consortium Logo Hearing Loss Association of America Logo
HelpAge USA Logo IAAP Logo IAAIS Logo Oasis
Raising the Floor/GPII Logo RESNA Logo RespectAbility Logo TDI–Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
USICD-U.S. International Council on Disabilities Logo The Viscardi Center Logo World Institute on Disability Logo ZigBee Logo

 

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