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Workshop on ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, Kampala, Uganda, 6 May 2010

 
Background  

The World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-06) held in Doha, Qatar, established a new Special Global Initiative on “Access to telecommunication services for people with disabilities” through Resolution 56.

Three workshops have since been held in Geneva (September 2007),  Cairo (November 2007) and Lusaka (July 2008) to share experiences and best practices for ICT policies, strategies and services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities. Participants in both events urged ITU-D to continue these events in an effort of creating awareness among its member states and sector members on the need to address the special ICT needs for persons with disabilities. During the same events, ITU-D was requested to support countries in meeting their obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which became effective on May 3, 2008.

 

Objectives  

 

  • Review and discuss issues and trends in accessible ICT policies, structures and technologies to promote opportunities for persons with disabilities and identify priorities to further accessible ICTs for all.

  • Share experiences on best practices on ICT policies, strategies and actions for promoting awareness, planning and developing accessible ICT solutions to address the special needs for persons with disabilities.

  • Acquire skills in formulating a strategic planning framework for accessible ICTs for an all inclusive information society.

  • Establish contacts and build national capacities for accessible ICTs in line with the WTDC-06, WSIS Geneva Declaration of Principles & Plan of Action and the Tunis Commitment emphasizing on full and effective involvement of persons with disabilities in social and economic activities.

 

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