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Background Papers for Accessible Europe

​​​​​​​"Accessible Europe: ICTs 4 ALL" is held within the fra mework of the Regional Initiative for Europe on Accessibility, affordability and skills development for all to ensure digital inclusion and sustainable development adopted by the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017. This regional initiative aims at bridging the digital divide and equipping all groups of society, including persons with disabilities and other groups of people with specific needs, to take advantage of ICT, by enabling capacity building in digital skills.  

The Regonal Forum on "Accessible Europe: ICT for All"​ takes place in St George's Bay, St. Julian’s, Malta, from 4 to 6 December 2019. This regional event for Europe is being jointly organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and European Commission (EC), and is hosted by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Persons with Disability & Active Ageing (PSDAA). ​The Regional Forum will focus on further promoting the development of accessibility in countries and institutions, through the collective effort and cooperation of stakeholders and through sharing of successful outcomes of projects and initiatives implemented, in order to interchange resources and solutions and make the European region a more inclusive society.

In this context, three Background Papers have been prepared to provide more in depth knowledge about three specific topics: artificial intelligence, universal design standards & public procurement and audiovisual media services. Background papers will be presented at Accessible Europe, setting the context for the sessions addressinf these topics.

​​​​1) Artificial Intelligence and Information Technology Accessibility

HIGHLIGHTS

Did you know that Artificial Intelligence (AI)  can assist in removing barriers through usable and accessible ICT, whilst enhancing skills with innovative AI driven assistive technologies?
Artificial Intelligence for Media support is a key assistive service that can change how people enjoy media content
Artificial Intelligence must be considered an augmentative technology that should be tailored to personal needs.
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2) Standards in the Procurement of Accessible Products and Services​

 HIGHLIGHTS

Did you know that public procurement is a fundamental component of any economy, estimated at around 15% of a country’s GDP, which helps deliver basic services such as health and infrastructure and achieve innovative policy objectives?

International and regional accessibility standards are invaluable tools to set minimum accessibility requirements for products and services.

Current regulatory trends in Europe promote regional and international harmonization of standards by incorporating them into most recent legislation.
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3) Future of Accessible​ Audiovisual Media Services, TV and Video Programming​ 

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.Did you know the transition from analogue to digital television has been one the biggest technological leap in the history of television? For Persons with Disabilities, it has brought new possibilities for delivering accessible services and with new promises for improving lives.

Collaborative efforts can help to solve these challenges through a mix of cross-platform solutions, capacity building, as well as tailoring international policies and standards to national contexts.

Barrier-free access to audiovisual services has been recognized as a fundamental human right established under UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, thus necessitating the use of subtitling, audio subtitling, audio description, and signed programs.

Technology is not a savior, but an enabler and its development must keep a human-centered focus that is inclusive to ensure accessibility for all.


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