A new ITU report outlines the current commitments and progress of 46 countries across Europe in creating enabling environments that foster the accessibility of digital technologies for persons with disabilities.
At a recent ITU-D Study Group public webinar on digital accessibility during COVID-19, panelists discussed the importance of ICT accessibility.
Digital inclusion means a world without barriers, and as more of the global population gets connected, ICT accessibility must be broadened so that it becomes a reality: People with disabilities should have equal access to information and communication and be able to lead more independent lives. ICT Accessibility a Requisite Towards an Inclusive Digital Society highlights how this can be achieved.
Accessibility is related to the concrete experience of using ICT. If ICTs are not accessible, older persons, persons with disabilities or with low literacy levels, among many others, will not be able to utilize them. Innovation and creativity are key in the ICT sector to ensure that products and services are universally designed and usable by most of the world’s population.