Technology can make "an enormous difference" for pupils with disabilities, offering them the same opportunities as other students, according to Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, and Sports.
The European Accessibility Act for people with disabilities opens a "huge horizon" and new innovation fields for everybody, but its scope should be widened to more products and services, MEP Konstantina Kuneva said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
The hurdles faced by disabled citizens every day are not just infrastructure-related. Despite the disabled being the most frequent users of media, just 5% of websites in Europe are accessible to the blind and an even smaller proportion of TV programmes are deaf-friendly.
The information society should be open to all and not discriminate against people with physical and sensory disabilities or senior citizens. In a joint effort with the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry, the EU is attempting to ensure that all citizens can use computers and the internet to realise their potential.