What people are saying about RtF

"An intractable problem in establishing accessible information technology to date has been the lack of affordable and widespread access to assistive technologies for users with disabilities. Without access to up-to-date assistive technologies which work in tandem with many information and communication technologies, many people with disabilities are unable to take advantage of advances in mainstream technologies."

- Judy Brewer (Director, Web Accessibility Initiative, W3C)

"I have traveled considerably and seen that people with limited means seldom get the chance to participate in today's online information society, and if you have a disability the opportunities are even more limited. Without intervention we will continue to leave these people with disabilities behind at a time that is greatest for success. This is why I feel IBM must participate."

- Richard S. Schwerdtfeger (Distinguished Engineer, Accessibility Architecture and Strategy, IBM)

"I am particularly interested in contributing to the aspects related to cloud computing and the addition of access features to the spectrum of services available... It is timely for a serious focus on this topic ... the appropriate team to assemble the necessary intellectual and development resources for the proposed project."

- Vinton G. Cerf (VP, Google)

"Raising the Floor ... paves the way for important developments for industry, persons living with disabilities, and institutions responsible to implement the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities."

- Axel Leblois (Exec. Director, G3ict , a partnership initiative of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development)

We have long been concerned with the crisis facing users of alternative access systems as well as developers and vendors of assistive technology. The existing business model is not sustainable, putting users with disabilities at risk of either losing access, interruptions in access, or significantly reduced access to the growing world of computer mediated essential and every day functions. The proposed approach will establish a safety net, provide AT developers with foundational technology, and begin the groundwork for a more sustainable approach to accessibility."

- Jutta Treviranus (Director, Inclusive Design Resource Center, OCAD Univ.)

"I believe Raising the Floor is visionary in seeking ways to consider a number of disabled users by addressing root causes and seeking systemic solutions."

- Vicki Hanson (Manager, Accessibility Research, IBM Watson Research Center)

"The directions proposed by Raising the Floor are right on target for meeting the needs of people with cognitive disabilities, as well as those of people with disabilities of other kinds."

- Clayton Lewis (Professor and Scientist in Residence, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder)

"The Raising the Floor initiative takes a fresh approach to achieving more than small, incremental advancements in the methods and techniques people with disabilities use to gain access to the rapidly expanding universe of information available to everyone else in the United States and throughout the world. Without the sort of dynamic and breaking-the-mold plans you have proposed, people with disabilities will find themselves edging further and further backwards, losing out on the educational, employment and social opportunities presented by new media and information technologies... We welcome the opportunity to join this grand venture."

- Larry Goldberg (Director, Media Access, WGBH)

"Persons with disabilities are at great risk if this population is not integrated. Being denied access will mean being disenfranchised from education, employment, and essentially all of society. We are committed to collaborating [with Raising the Floor] to prevent this from happening."

- George Kerscher (Secretary General, DAISY Consortium)

"The cell phone revolution combined with publicly available computers and 'cloud computing' have created an opportunity to meet the needs of the poorest of the poor in the world, for free or a locally affordable price. Because it's now possible, it's imperative that we do it."

- William C. Mann (Distinguished Professor and Chair, Rehabilitation Science, University of Florida)