The head of the Civil Service Division for Google Spain, Esperanza Ibáñez, has taken firm steps to ensure that “the Net is within everyone’s reach”, whilst also insisting that Google “will continue to develop tools to cover all the needs of persons with disabilities”.

Ibáñez announced this during her speech at the Second National CENTAC Congress on Accessibility Technologies which took place on 18 October in La Cartuja Monastery, Seville.


 “Internet has changed our lives”, Ibáñez pointed out. She also announced that in a recent survey carried out by Cisco, “32% of young people said that the internet is as essential as the air we breathe”.  She said that there are currently 325 million websites and that the internet contributes 234 billion euros to Spanish national GDP and that its “economic impact continues to grow”.

Since its early days, as Ibáñez highlighted, the main aim of Google “has been to order information and make it accessible, because all users matter”. However, she stresses that, “we often make the mistake of thinking that persons with disabilities are only a small percentage”. As a matter of fact, in 2009 the number of internet users with a disability in Spain was greater than the total number of internet users in Bolivia.

In addition to this, she also presented some of the accessible products developed by Google, such as “Chrome Vox”, the web browser for those with a visual disability, the ‘Android’ open-source system for mobile devices or the application which allows users to subtitle YouTube videos.

Previously, a roundtable was celebrated under the title, “How can an idea become reality?”. The Head of Projects at CENTAC, Diego Soriano pointed out during this gathering that, “innovation is a motor for growth”, and he explained that because of this, “many companies solely focus on innovation and accessibility technologies”.

Source:  Servimedia

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