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Accessible Americas 2019: ICTs for ALL, 20-22 November 2019. Quito, Ecuador

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The sixth edition of “Accessible Americas: ICTs for ALL” will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 20 to 22 November 2019. This regional event for the Americas Region is being jointly organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society (MINTEL) from Ecuador.

Accessible Americas is held within the framework of the implementation of the Regional Initiative for Americas on Accessibility and Affordability for an Inclusive and Sustainable Americas Region adopted by the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 and aiming at ensuring the affordability of Telecommunication and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) services in order to build an information society for all and ensure accessibility of telecommunications/ICTs for persons with disabilities and others in vulnerable situations.

Accessible Americas is the main ITU regional event focused on Digital Inclusion and ICTs Accessibility, which play a role of vital importance in the empowerment of persons with disabilities, women and girls, youth, the elderly, indigenous people and other persons with specific needs. The main purpose of the event is to present good practices in digital inclusion in order to encourage stakeholders to join efforts in seeking solutions to eliminate barriers of access to ICTs, enabling human development and promoting accessibility policies that will improve the quality of life of all individuals, with no discrimination.

The sixth edition of Accessible Americas is expected to further advance on discussions capable of stimulating and guiding the development of ICT accessibility’s policies and practices, especially in developing countries, highlighting the importance of strategic cooperation amongst stakeholders through projects and initiatives that aim to strengthen the full participation of all persons in society, creating more fair and equitable opportunities.

Accessible Americas will be conducted in English and Spanish.

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