Users of telecommunications and information technology have a varied
capability of handling information and the controls for its
presentation. The source of this variation lies in cultural and
educational backgrounds as well as in age-related functional
limitations, in disabilities, and in other natural causes.
ITU-T is committed to improve ICT accessibility through standardization
of relevant technologies and promoting ICT accessibility awareness. In
fact, although innovative technologies have provided substantial
benefits to modern society, there are still a large number of people who
cannot enjoy them due to the lack of accessibility features.
The WTSA side event on ICT accessibility will provide an overview of
ITU-T activities to foster greater ICT accessibility, and will highlight
the impact of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities on ITU-T future standardization work. It will also
introduce the proposed first WTSA Resolution on accessibility. The
intention of the WTSA Accessibility side event is to create a venue to
discuss the impact of the UN Convention and the WTSA-08 proposed
Resolution on future ICT Standardization.