This year, World Telecommunication and Information Society Day has adopted
the theme: “Connecting Persons with Disabilities: ICT Opportunities for All”
to address the special requirements of persons with disabilities.
The World Summit on the Information Society, through the
Geneva Plan of Action,
urged Member States to address the special requirements of
persons with disabilities in
their national e-strategies and encouraged the design and production of ICT
equipment and services suited to their needs, including adherence to the
Universal Design Principle and use of assistive technologies. A further call was
made for research and development to facilitate accessibility of ICT for all,
including people with disabilities.
The Doha Plan of Action endorsed the Tunis Commitment of building ICT capacity
for all, including people with disabilities, through the promotion of universal,
ubiquitous, equitable and affordable access to ICT. It encouraged adoption of
universal design and assistive technologies to ensure that the benefits are
evenly distributed within societies as well as to bridge the digital divide by
creating digital opportunities for all and by harnessing the full potential for
development offered by state-of-the-art ICT.