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Sony to make all products accessible for disabled, elderly

New guidelines being set for 'inclusive' design based on direct user input

Sony wants all its products accessible to persons with disabilities, whom the United Nations says number about one billion people -- or 15% of the world's population. (Source photos by AP and Sony)

TOKYO -- Sony will make all its products and services more user-friendly for people with disabilities and the elderly, as product development begins to target the 1 billion people worldwide who have some form of disability.

The Sony Group affiliate will make "inclusive design" an in-house rule by March. In principle, the process invites people with disabilities and the elderly to participate in the product planning and development stages, with their input incorporated into final production.

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