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This event aims at moving discussions from identification of principles to implementation of practices on how stakeholders from the Americas Region can ensure that accessible ICTs and assistive technologies are widely available to persons with disabilities (PwD) and can be used to safeguard and exercise their rights, considering equality and affordability. This event will further focus on the importance of ICTs to empower PwD emphasizing that through cooperation, development of tools, capacity building and the development of policies and strategies it is possible to remove barriers and enable human development and social inclusion.
An Americas Regional Work Plan on ICT Accessibility, which will identify realistic goals to be achieved by the Paralympics in 2016 in addition to medium and long term targets, is one of the main expected outcomes of the event.
The event will be conducted in English, Portuguese and Spanish.