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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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​

ITU ACCESSIBILITY FUND

Resolution 175 instructed ITU to establish a fund to expand ITU's activities in the area of accessible ICTs and to make ITU a more accessible organization. The ITU Accessibility Trust Fund, is open to voluntary contributions from ITU Member States, Sector Members and academia.

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MAKING ITU ACCESSIBLE

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

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THE ICT OPPORTUNITY FOR A DISABILITY-INCLUSIVE FRAMEWORK

 
A new report released on September 2013 demonstrates how ICTs, have become a positive force of transformation and a crucial element of any personal development, empowerment and institutional framework for inclusive development. “The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework” contributes to a better understanding of the extent to which ICTs can enable and accelerate the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities. It lists challenges that are still to be addressed while outlining concrete actions to be undertaken by each group of stakeholders and a set of indicators to help measuring progress towards the achievement of a disability-inclusive development agenda.
 
 

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ZERO PROJECT CONFERENCE 2015

 
logo of the zero project and the "call 2015" 

The Zero Project Conference promotes inventive policies and practices that overcome obstacles that prevent persons with disabilities from enjoying their human rights.

This year the Zero Project Conference invites leading experts and organizations to nominate (deadline is the 28th July 2014) innovative practices and policies that have clearly and measurably improved the Independent Living and/or Political Participation of persons with any kind of disability. The selected policies and practices will be:

  • featured in the Zero Project Report 2015, on its website www.zeroproject.org and social media platforms
  • their representatives will be invited to speak at the Zero Project Conference 2015 in Vienna.

For more details on the nature of practices and policies that can be nominated and the nomination form, click here.

For more information on ITU's participation in the the Zero Project Conference of 2014, click here.

ITU STUDY GROUPs: IRG-AVA

The  IRG-AVA (Intersector Rapporteur Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility) studies topics related to audiovisual media accessibility and aims at developing draft Recommendations for “Access Systems” that can be used for all media delivery systems, including broadcast, cable, Internet, and IPTV.

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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 

MAKING MOBILE PHONES ACCESSIBLE

This joint ITU-G3ICT report looks at the strategic implications of making audiovisual content accessible to persons with disabilities​. It is written for professionals ​involved in decisions to introduce or scale up measures to make television and other ​kinds of audiovisual content accessible.​
 

MAKING TV ACCESSIBLE

This joint ITU-G3ICT study compiles and  analyses different ways in which mainstream accessible mobile phone technologies and services are already implemented around the world by various stakeholders. It includes practical information and case studies which can serve as a foundation to promoting accessible mobile phones and mobile assistive technologies.
 
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