Developments and assessments on barrier-free it in Turkey
The ratio of the population with disabilities in Turkey was approximately 12 percent as of 2002, and only a very little portion of them were found to have reached the higher education level. Furthermore, contribution of people with disabilities to employment is also important for their wellness and experiencing civil liberties. Barrier-free IT is among the most important tools in this respect. There is a legislation in Turkey for the practices in this field, and the special circumstances and technological services-related studies for accessibility are considered within the framework of a universal service. The shift towards an information society should offer an environment which involves all individuals of the society. Inter-institutional cooperation and more effective use of the resources are required to overcome the barriers. Furthermore, keeping a national database is also important for correct distribution and ensuring effectiveness of the resources. The problem of accessibility and availability in information technologies and services is waiting for a solution. Information technologies play a critical and distinctive role to solve these problems and create employment for people with impairment. This is a descriptive study on the developments and assessments regarding Barrier-Free IT in Turkey. © 2018, Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature.