SOURCE: Assistive Technology Industry Association

Assistive Technology Industry Association

March 01, 2010 15:17 ET

Accessibility Interoperability Alliance Merges With ATIA

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) -  The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) and the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA) announced a merger agreement where AIA will become a new technical and engineering division within ATIA.

"The AIA represents a diverse group of organizations including software developers, hardware developers, academic institutions, solution providers, and user-interface developers," said Rob Sinclair, chair of the AIA Steering Committee and director of the Accessibility Business Unit at Microsoft. "By merging with ATIA, the AIA can reach new members and grow its capacity to resolve longstanding interoperability challenges between Assistive Technology (AT) and Information Technology (IT) products. This is our core mission and a natural fit with the mission of the ATIA."

"Working to improve the compatibility of mainstream products with assistive technology for people with disabilities has been a priority of the ATIA membership for quite some time," said David Dikter, executive director of ATIA. "Merging with AIA to create this new division of our association will allow our member companies to deliver AT and IT products that work better together -- and therefore offer greater value for people with disabilities."

This new division of ATIA will have three categories of AIA participants:

AT/IT Developer Members are companies that have a proven track record of designing, building and supporting assistive technology products or information technology products that help individuals with one or more disabilities successfully use computers or other personal technology.

Contributor Members are individuals or entities with demonstrated technical expertise who are interested in reviewing and providing technical feedback to a project team but do not produce AT or IT products.

Supporter Members are individuals or entities that principally represent non-commercial interests for people with disabilities and who are interested in providing general support for the AIA organization.

Organizations interested in participating in the AIA division of ATIA should consult www.atia.org/AIA for detailed membership requirements.

About the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA)

Initiated in 2007 by the accessibility industry, the AIA is a group of leading Information Technology (IT) and Assistive Technology (AT) companies, content providers, and other key engineering organizations, working to collaborate on the creation of solutions to long-standing compatibility problems that hinder the development of solutions for people with disabilities. More information about the AIA can be found at www.atia.org/AIA.

About the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)

The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services. ATIA represents the interests of its members to business, government, education, and the many agencies that serve people with disabilities. Its mission is to serve as the collective voice of the Assistive Technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities. For more information about ATIA and ATIA's educational opportunities and semi-annual conferences, visit www.atia.org.

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