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DIGITAL INCLUSION

sis.pngDIGITAL INCLUSION FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIFIC NEEDS


 

Digital Inclusion means empowering people through information and communication technologies (ICTs).  The Digital Inclusion activities of the BDT are designed to promote ICT accessibility and use for the social and economic development of people with specific needs, including indigenous peoples and people living in rural areas; persons with disabilities; women and girls; and youth and children. 

Our work includes sharing information and raising awareness on policies, legislation, regulations and business practices that promote digital inclusion, including through this website, the Girls in ICT Portal, the Connect a School, Connect a Community toolkit, the e-Accessibility toolkit, our blog​, publications and awareness-raising events.  This work takes a holistic approach, recognizing that activities for one group also positively impact the other groups.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Indigenous Peoples

​ICTs can empower indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples can use ICTs for capacity bu​ilding, community development and to promote, preserve and protect their indigenous culture.​

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Persons with Disabilities

​Over 1 billion people living with some form of disability and growing numbers of senior citizens are often cut off from the digital revolution when ​ICTs lack accessibility features. Ensuring widely available, affordable accessible and assistive technologies requires innovative business, policy and regulatory practices.​

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Women and Girls

Women play a key role in reducing poverty and promoting social and economic development, for themselves, their families and their countries. ICT is an essential tool for the social and economic development of women and girls. Technology can be used to provide education as well as jobs, literacy and life skills training.
BDT promotes digital literacy training for women, empowering women through careers in ICTs and developing women’s community centres.

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Youth and Children

Youth and children with access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) are coming of age as digital natives, the early adopters of ICTs and better positioned than their parents to harness the power of digital technologies in new and imaginative ways.  Youth can only leverage the transformative power of ICTs when they have access to ICT services and are equipped with a range of digital skills.  ICTs can enhance education, reduce youth unemployment and promote social and economic development.

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