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Accessibility to ICTs: Achieving equitable communications for everyone

​​​​​​​15 per cent of the world’s population lives with a disability. This represents about 1 billion people globally. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), such as mobile phones, satellites or the Internet, are a unique infrastructure that expand access to key  public services, promoting digital inclusion. Throughout the world, persons living with disabilities are already benefitting from the advantages of ICT-enabled applications. 
But more needs to be done. To extend the benefits of ICTs to all, ICTs have to be made accessible to persons living with disabilities, so these technologies constitute an opportunity and not a barrier. Get involved in ITU activities to make ICT accessible to persons living with disabilities and to achieving equitable communications for everyone.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​

3 December 2017 - International Day of Persons With Disabilities






On 3 December 2017, ITU will join the United Nations system to conmemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) under the theme "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all". The IDPD provides an opportunity to highlight how far we have come in viewing persons with disabilities as just another way in which diversity manifests in our communities, and to stand in support of a society that embraces that diversity, in all its forms and shapes.

Click here for further information on the event organized by the UN system in Geneva

Accessible Americas IV

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San Jose, Costa Rica, 21-23 November 2017. The event will focuses on the importance of promoting accessibility policies; motivate policymakers of these policies, regulators and industries; and encourage all the stakeholders concerned to work together with the PCD for the expansion and inclusion of accessibility in all processes: legal framework; public access to ICT; mobile communications; television and video programming accessibility; accessibility of the web, mobile, and public procurement of accessible ICTs.

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WTDC-17 outcomes

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The World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-17) convened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 9 to 20 October 2017 defined a new mandate for ITU-D. The outcomes of the conference included a revision of WTDC-17 Resolution 58 (Rev. Buenos Aires, 2017) on persons with disabilities, updated and approved
 Study Group Question 7/1 on persons with disabilities updated and new approved regional initiatives on ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Click here to find out more about WTDC-17



At the 2016 Paralympics Game, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ITU and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) presented the results of the 3rd IPTV application challenge titled "Better quality of life with international standards: an accessible world for all". The Challenge focused on accessibility aspects to raise awareness of the importance of multimedia and multimodal audiovisual accessibility for everyone, especially persons with a variety of levels and types of disability.

Click here to meet the winners and find out more about the application challenge.

ITU-Samsung Regional Competition for Latin America and the Caribbean “Mobile Applications for Accessibility”

The ITU’s Applications for Accessibility Award is a competition to promote the creation and development of new solutions involving mobile applications for the Android platform, focused on accessibility. 
This award is primarily focused on developing innovative and creative solutions to benefit persons with disabilities, bringing more social inclusion and interaction, comfort and quality of life to their daily routine through mobile technologies.
Click here for more information on the results of the 2017competition.


​ITU actively contributes to the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities within the UN system. The report “The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework" was an advocacy tool to encourage mention of ICT accessibility within the outcome document of the High-Level meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development (HLMDD), held in 2013. This outcome document explicitly acknowledged the obligation to ensure accessibility “following the universal design approach, by removing barriers to the physical environment, transportation, employment, education, health services, information and assistive devices”. ITU also contributes to the work of the CRPD and of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

For more information: UN Enable- Work of the United Nations on Persons with Disabilities 

Connect 2020 accessibility target



The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 renewed ITU's mandate in the area of ICT accessibility . The new mandate includes a revision of Resolution 175 and the establishment of the new Connect 2020 agenda, which sets out the vision, goals and targets that ITU and its Member States have committed to achieve by 2020. Connect 2020 includes an ambitious target directed at cultivating an ICT sector that is inclusive to persons disabilities and specific needs:

Target 2.5.B: Enabling environments ensuring accessible telecommunication/ICT for persons with disabilities should be established in all countries by 2020

Click here to learn more about these targets and the new Connect 2020 Agenda


A joint report of ITU and G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs.  Click here for the full report.

 This Model ICT accessibility policy report is designed as a tool for national policy-makers and regulators to create their own ICT accessibility policy frameworks.

It includes six modules focusing on different aspects of ICT accessibility (amendments to the existing ICT legal framework, public ICT access, mobile communications, television/video programming, web accessibility and public procurement of accessible ICTs) so that countries can prioritize implementation. In all modules the approach is to develop national policies in consultation with persons with disabilities.

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 ITU is committed to becoming a fully accessible organization for staff, delegates and the general public living with disabilities. 

Click here to find out how ITU is working to become an accessible organization