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Za človeka gre: Relevanca znanosti in izobraževanja / All about people: Relevance of science and education 2020

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Accessible Future

Society is increasingly digitalised and connected. Bigger dependance on digital technology brings ever greater challenges. While societal and economic landscape is changing with technology advancements, more people than ever experience barriers in using digital technology. Population is steadily ageing and so the prevalence of age-related disabilities is increasing. At the same time, young people are at risk of health and visual or hearing loss due to increased use of digital technology. For sustainable development and smart communities, it is essential that digital transformations are based on technologies accessible to all — not only to the blind and deaf, but also to persons with hearing, visual, cognitive, neurological, physical and learning disabilities. Provision of digital accessibility is a technological challenge that requires rethinking of the entire process of product and service development. It also requires changes in digital policies, legislation and public procurement. Above all, however, strengthened leadership is required at all levels to foster cooperation among stakeholders and strengthen the provision of accessible digital technologies.

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