ICT / Digital Accessibility
The key to ensure digital inclusion of persons with disabilities and other persons with specific needs
Digital accessibility enables digital inclusion and ensures inclusive communication for all people – regardless of their gender, age, ability, or location. To achieve digital accessibility, ICTs should be not only be available and affordable, but also
accessible, which means, designed to meet the needs and abilities of as many people as possible – including those with disabilities. Accessibility of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is key given that ICTs have become the primary medium for communications, information, transactions, education, and entertainment worldwide. Its implementation by legislators and policy makers in all countries is essential to
ensure respect for all people rights to communicate in the connected world.
ITU’s membership is fully committed to advancing ICT accessibility implementation in their counties and regions. This is also reflected in ITU’s engagements and contribution towards inclusiveness in several Resolutions adopted by our members to support implementation of digitally inclusive societies. Moreover, ITU Strategic Goal nr. 2 “inclusiveness” and its Target 2.9- calls on ITU Members to ensure that
“By 2023, enabling environments ensuring accessible telecommunications/ICTs for persons with disabilities should be established in all countries”.
ITU’s Development Sector (BDT) work in ICT Accessibility supports the advancement of the global disability-inclusive agenda and the development of inclusive digital communities. It does this through raising awareness, building capacity, and providing policy and strategy advice to ITU members. BDT is also facilitating joint working platforms such as Study Group and regional “Accessible– ICT for ALL” knowledge development forums enabling stakeholders to share good practices and engaging in national and regional digital accessibility implementation. ITU Member States goal is to guarantee that all their citizens can benefit from digital information, products, and services equally and equitably. Therefore, BDT is supporting members’ efforts in mainstreaming digital accessibility to ensure full and effective participation of everyone in the digital economy also by developing and making
freely available the below indicated resources.