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GARI Annual Report 2021
May 2022 | Report

This GARI Annual Report summarises the outcomes of our research project on whether devices listed in GARI qualify as assistive technology, gives an overview of changes made to the GARI website and database throughout the past year, and outlines milestones for GARI in 2022.


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E-labelling Promotes Accessibility
May 2022 | Press Release

Every year, we celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on the third Thursday in May with the intention to “get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments ”. The digital ecosystem consists of a multitude of elements that can each promote or break accessibility for the user. Compliance and safety labels are one such element.


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Can smartphones qualify for assistive technology funding?
March 2022 | Viewpoint

Many smartphones today include accessibility features that can complement and for many use cases replace specialised assistive technology (AT) such as screen-readers, screen loops, speech-to-text programmes or alternative augmented communication (AAC). In some cases, an accessible mainstream device would even better fulfil the requirements of users with disabilities and/or individual access needs than specialised AT. For this reason, the MWF in 2021 initiated a research project to investigate whether devices listed in GARI fulfil the requirements of assistive technology (AT) and could be eligible for national assistive technology funding. A team of researchers from the Global Universal Design Commission Europe (GUDC-EU), and David Banes Access and Inclusion Services analysed the current policy environment in six countries, analysed eligibility, approval, funding, and provision of assistive technology – checking against user needs, and developed initial indicators for the social return on investment (SRoI) for including mainstream consumer technology in AT provision schemes.


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Now that I have an accessible device – how do I use it?
December 2021 | Press Release

Brussels, 2 Dec 2021: The International Day of Persons with Disabilities reminds us that even though we might have a device with a lot of accessibility features – knowing how to use and customize these features remains a challenge for many.


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The Importance of Quality Control Measures in Scientific Studies
September 2021 | Viewpoint

While there are many studies that have investigated the exposure to EMF over the years, there are also many that have utilized poor techniques and design. The importance of adopting quality control measures have been highlighted in a number of papers and reviews of the literature - several of which are summarised in this Viewpoint.


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Comparing Base Station Exposure Levels
September 2021 | Viewpoint

Electromagnetic Field (EMF) exposure levels from mobile base stations have been measured by operators and national regulators on a regular basis over the years and assessed in a number of studies. This Viewpoint details the results of those studies which all show that base station exposure levels at ground level are only a fraction of ICNIRP recommendations.


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