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Accessibility to ICTs: Achieving equitable communications for everyone

​​​​​​​15 per cent of the world’s population lives with a disability. This represents about 1 billion people globally. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), such as mobile phones, satellites or the Internet, are a unique infrastructure that expand access to key  public services, promoting digital inclusion. Throughout the world, persons living with disabilities are already benefitting from the advantages of ICT-enabled applications. 
 
But more needs to be done. To extend the benefits of ICTs to all, ICTs have to be made accessible to persons living with disabilities, so these technologies constitute an opportunity and not a barrier. Get involved in ITU activities to make ICT accessible to persons living with disabilities and to achieving equitable communications for everyone.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​
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3 December 2015 - International Day of Persons With Disabilities

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On 3 December, ITU will join the United Nations and International Agencies based in Geneva to conmemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) under the theme A Day for All. The IDPD provides an opportunity to highlight how far we have come in viewing persons with disabilities as just another way in which diversity manifests in our communities, and to stand in support of a society that embraces that diversity, in all its forms and shapes.

Click here for further information on the event

ITU CWG-Internet online consultation on Accessibility

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On the 2nd of October 2015, the ITU's Council Working Group on international Internet-related public policy issues (CWG-Internet) agreed to conduct online and in-person open consultations on the topic of Access to the Internet for persons with disabilities and specific needs. 

This online open consultation will be a unique opportunity for the community of professionals working with persons with disabilities to highlight important issues. The deadline for the submission of online responses is 15 January 2016.

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TELECOMMUNICATION/ICT ACCESSIBILITY – RADIOCOMMUNICATION ASSEMBLY 2015 RESOLUTION ITU-R 67

"Telecommunication/ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities and persons with specific needs"

In acknowledging that the use of telecommunications/ICTs by persons with disabilities and persons with specific needs represents an essential tool for their personal, social and economic development, giving them the chance in their lives to empower their autonomy, ITU Radiocommunication Assembly 2015 (RA-15), 26-30 October 2015, decided that the ITU-R continues conducting studies, research, guidelines and recommendations, related to telecommunication/ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities and persons with specific needs in close cooperation with ITU-T and ITU-D, in particular, in the sustainable development of radio devices and applications and of the coexistence conditions between them, to benefit telecommunication/ICTs for persons with disabilities and persons with specific needs and in encouragement and promotion of representation by persons with disabilities and persons with specific needs so as to ensure that their experiences, views and opinions are taken into account.

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CALL FOR CONCEPT PAPERS - 3rd IPTV APPLICATION CHALLENGE

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ITU and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) are organizing an IPTV application challenge titled "Better quality of life with international standards: an accessible world for all". The Challenge is focusing especially on accessibility aspects to raise awareness of the importance of multimedia and multimodal audiovisual accessibility for everyone, especially persons with a variety of levels and types of disability. The Challenge will give both experts and non-experts a chance to uncover their innovative ideas and to develop/refine their applications for actual deployment in systems built to ITU-T's global IPTV standards.

For more information on the challenge click here.

ITU-Samsung Regional Competition for Latin America and the Caribbean “Mobile Applications for Accessibility”

The ITU’s Applications for Accessibility Award is a competition to promote the creation and development of new solutions involving mobile applications for the Android platform, focused on accessibility. 
This award is primarily focused on developing innovative and creative solutions to benefit persons with disabilities, bringing more social inclusion and interaction, comfort and quality of life to their daily routine through mobile technologies.
Click here for more information on this competition.

ITU AND THE UN DISABILITY AGENDA

​ITU actively contributes to the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities within the UN system. The report “The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework" was an advocacy tool to encourage mention of ICT accessibility within the outcome document of the High-Level meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development (HLMDD), held in 2013. This outcome document explicitly acknowledged the obligation to ensure accessibility “following the universal design approach, by removing barriers to the physical environment, transportation, employment, education, health services, information and assistive devices”. ITU also contributes to the work of the CRPD and of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

For more information: UN Enable- Work of the United Nations on Persons with Disabilities 

Connect 2020 accessibility target

 

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The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 renewed ITU's mandate in the area of ICT accessibility . The new mandate includes a revision of Resolution 175 and the establishment of the new Connect 2020 agenda, which sets out the vision, goals and targets that ITU and its Member States have committed to achieve by 2020. Connect 2020 includes an ambitious target directed at cultivating an ICT sector that is inclusive to persons disabilities and specific needs:

Target 2.5.B: Enabling environments ensuring accessible telecommunication/ICT for persons with disabilities should be established in all countries by 2020

Click here to learn more about these targets and the new Connect 2020 Agenda

MAKING TV ACCESSIBLE

A joint report of ITU and G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs.  Click here for the full report.

 This Model ICT accessibility policy report is designed as a tool for national policy-makers and regulators to create their own ICT accessibility policy frameworks.

It includes six modules focusing on different aspects of ICT accessibility (amendments to the existing ICT legal framework, public ICT access, mobile communications, television/video programming, web accessibility and public procurement of accessible ICTs) so that countries can prioritize implementation. In all modules the approach is to develop national policies in consultation with persons with disabilities.

Accessibility of PDF report checked and edited by BarrierBreak (www.barrierbreak.com).

Other versions: ArabicFrench​Spanish

MAKING ITU ACCESSIBLE

 ITU is committed to becoming a fully accessible organization for staff, delegates and the general public living with disabilities. 

Click here to find out how ITU is working to become an accessible organization

ITU ACCESSIBILITY FUND