The Vulnerable groups of the Unite IT Network is holding its first webinar on Thursday 17 July 2014, at 11h-12h30 CET.
More than a billion people live with some form of disability, and 80% of them live in developing countries. Disability is both a cause and a consequence of poverty: poor people are more likely to become disabled, and people with disabilities are among the poorest and most vulnerable groups of the global population.
The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework highlights that when ICT is available, affordable and accessible, it significantly improves access to all aspects of society and development.
Removing barriers to accessing Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by persons with disabilities is of paramount importance. In today’s world, with the ubiquitous impact of ICT across all sectors of activities in all countries, no one should be excluded from using mobile phones, the Internet, television, computers, electronic kiosks and their myriad of applications and services including in education, political life, and cultural activities or for e-government, e-health, etc. Being excluded from these ICT-enabled applications implies being shut down not only from the information society, but also from accessing essential public services, as well as from the opportunity of living an independent life.
In this context we can say without any hesitation that ensuring accessible ICT for persons with disabilities and expanding access to these technologies as well as to assistive technologies, should become a key element of global, regional and national strategies to remove the remaining barriers faced by persons with disabilities. In other words, ICT must be an integral part of a disability-inclusive development agenda.
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