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Implications of Cloud Computing for People with Cognitive Disabilities

  • James Sullivan
  • Clayton Lewis
  • Jeffery Hoehl
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6766)

Abstract

A public workshop was convened in the Fall of 2010 to bring together leaders from industry, education, public policy, disability advocacy, and government with a shared focus in shaping our national information and computing infrastructure to improve the lives and independence of people with disabilities, particularly those with cognitive disabilities. The workshop provided introductory presentations about the state and future of cloud computing technology, cognitive accessibility, and policy considerations, and was followed by interactive panel discussions about technical directions and opportunities; the potential benefits, opportunities, and challenges of cloud computing from the viewpoint of people with disabilities, caregivers, and advocates; and legal and regulatory barriers to accessing technology in “the cloud.” This paper summarizes insights about how cloud computing could improve the lives of people with disabilities from the perspective of leading representatives from industry, academe, government, and advocacy organizations.

Keywords

cloud computing cognitive disabilities disability advocacy law and public policy 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • James Sullivan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Clayton Lewis
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jeffery Hoehl
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Coleman Institute for Cognitive DisabilitiesUniversity of Colorado at BoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Colorado at BoulderUSA

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