The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework

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This publication contributes to a better understanding of the extent to which ICTs can enable and accelerate the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities. It lists challenges that are still to be addressed while outlining concrete actions to be undertaken by each group of stakeholders and a set of indicators to help measure progress towards the achievement of a disability-inclusive post-2015 development agenda and framework. The report is the result of collaborative input from the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, the International Disability Alliance, ITU, Microsoft, the Telecentre.org Foundation and UNESCO. For more information, please visit www.itu.int/accessibility.



Understanding the challenges

As outlined in Section 2, the use of ICTs is deeply woven into the fabric of society and has become a crucial element of any personal development /empowerment and institutional framework for inclusive social progress and economic growth. However, even with this positive force of transformation, key challenges remain to be addressed if persons with disabilities are to fully benefit from the use of ICTs. This section highlights the main barriers and challenges that persist and must be addressed in expanding the ICT opportunity to all persons with disabilities, as identified by the experts involved in the consultation.


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