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Access to people with inatellectual disabiliities to the Information Society
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No gap 2.0 arises from the BIT Project, project created in 1999 by the Orange Foundation, Carlos III University of adrid and Down Syndrome Foundation of Madrid. The objective of this project is to open new ways for the social integration, education and labor of people with Down's syndrome and/or intellectual disabilities through the use of information and communications technology. It is a Project I+D+i of technological an educational character.
Although there are legal regulations, both at Europrean level and at Spanish level, concerning to guarantee the access to people with disability to the differente environments, buildings, transport, etc,; it is also true that in many cases it does not solve the difficultuies that people with disability find every day. This consideration is even bigger, being the access to information.
While in other disabiliteis ther are adaptations and/or physical aids to ther technological environment, in the case of IDPs does not occur the samen. The access barriers that the technological environment presents to peopole with intellectual disability can be overcome thanks to the training systems and developments that guarantee the cognitive accesibility. In this way, they are learned attention problems, comprehension or navigation by the interface among others.
On the other hand it is evident that young people with disability, digital natives, must use ther own technological tools of the information society. And this is indispensable so do not beconme in "info-excluded".
For these reasons Down Madrid, through theri Project ICT "No gap 2.0" develops differents lines of action directed to facilitate the inclusion of people with intellectual disability in the digital society.