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Name : EID, Nabil
Date : January 14, 2016
Organization : Telecentre Foundation
Country : Syria
Job Title : ICT accessibility consultant-Middle East

Contribution : The main challenges are facing persons with disabilities in accessing ICT and using internet specifically in developing countries can be identified in lack of interest and ICT awareness, difficulty of access and high cost of ICT. Also lack of on-going support and training on ICT skills, ICT accessibility. In addition limited of complementary services, e.g. assistive technology, ICT accessibility tools and limited of accessibility features at mainstream ICT training facilities. In this sense, the above identified barriers can be seen as bottlenecks in the path towards ICT accessibility and accessing internet. There are different types of support structures available within countries but, must be focused upon combinations of one or more of the following to success the role of ICTs in development disabilities through attitude barriers in relation to understanding the benefits and possibilities of ICTs at policy and diffused responsibility for policy implementation. National, regional, and global Specialists are working groups to support networks and on – line networks. So we need to address the skills gap that currently prevents many people with disabilities from using ICT and accessing internet We need to implement ICT innovative approaches to training and preparing PWD for using ICT accessibility, Need for cooperation to develop IT skills program to help PWD develop their skills, increase productivity, gain ICT opportunities. IT/ICT skills training, there are few concrete programs that truly provide the opportunity for equal access to PWD. PWD are an untapped resource that can help close the growing deficit gap of skilled IT/ICT users. The governments can play vital role in addressing these challenges and gaps through collaboration of governments policy-makers, educators, NGOs and the manufacturing industry to help solve skills gap issues. Organize and promote ICT skills training and offer competitive compensation, flexible work programs and strong benefit programs to PWD. Support local community training programs, provide localized info on resources, funding and support to train PWD. UN should emphasizes on the need of standard on approach disability for all nations that ratified CRPD as Mandatory Resolution, also global effort concerted UN & Governments to set standard approach disability for action at national, regional, international level. Finally, I think we need to launch and promote strategy of“ Digital Literacy Campaign for Persons with Disabilities” specifically in in rural and disadvantaged communities in developing countries". The campaign aims to develop an effective strategy to enhance ICTs and IT skills among PWD.