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Sabine is the MWF’s Director for Communications and focuses on advancing the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI). GARI’s mission is to inform consumers about existing accessibility solutions in the market today and help them identify devices with features that best help their individual needs.

MY SESSIONS

  Sep 30th 2022.
  3:30 - 4:00 p.m.    

Using GARI Database to Choose Accessible Devices and Apps

About session

The Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF) established the Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI) in 2008 to provide information on the accessibility features within mobile phones and to help consumers identify devices that supported those features. Today, GARI features an online database where you can find information on the accessibility features in over 1,500 devices including mobile phones, tablets, Smart TVs and Wearables. You’ll also find information on accessibility apps that work on these devices.

The database is free to use, available online in 20+ languages and is used by governments, user organizations, telecom providers and many other stakeholders around the world.

The objective of GARI is to help people find a device that best suits their needs. GARI does this by providing a central source of information on the accessibility features available in devices and is primarily aimed at seniors, people with disabilities or some functional impairment and their families.

GARI constantly evolves based on feedback from the disability community, accessibility experts and the latest technological developments, and builds on partnerships with organisations around the world to expand and reach ever more users. Recently, GARI also explored the intersection of accessibility features and assistive technology in the listed devices. (www.gari.info)