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Accessibility to ICTs Taking into account persons living with disabilities in ITU activities. Peter Major Co-coordinator Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability. Persons with disabilities. 1 billion people (15% of the world population) lives with some type of disability

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Accessibility to icts taking into account persons living with disabilities in itu activities

Accessibility to ICTsTaking into account persons living with disabilities in ITU activities

Peter Major

Co-coordinator

Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability

IGF 2012 6-9 November 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan


Persons with disabilities
Persons with disabilities

  • 1 billion people (15% of the world population) lives with some type of disability

    • This percentage will increase in the upcoming years - Longer life expectancy (resulting in disabilities acquired through aging)- Unavailability of medical treatment- Accidents- Wars- Poverty

IGF 2012 6-9 November 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan


Information and communication technologies
Information and Communication Technologies

  • Improve lives of persons living with disabilities

  • Through ICTs PwD benefit from - improved access to basic public services (such as education, health, government information)- improved access to information- smart services, adapted to their specific needs

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Itu is the international organization promoting accessibility of icts
ITU is the international organization promoting accessibility of ICTs

  • ITU´s mandate in accessibility is defined by Resolution 175 (Guadalajara, 2010)

  • Telecommunication/ICT for persons with disabilities, including age-related disabilities

  • WCIT - proposal for ITR: Accessibility for persons with disabilities

  • IGF – support of Dynamics Coalition on Accessibility and Disabilities

IGF 2012 6-9 November 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan


Examples of itu activities study groups
Examples of ITU activities: study groups

  • ITU-T SG 2 - Operational aspects of service provision and telecommunications management

  • ITU-T SG 16 - Multimedia coding, systems and applications

  • ITU-T Focus Group on Audio-visual Media Accessibility

  • ITU-R SG 5 – Mobile service and ITU-R SG 6 - Broadcasting service

  • ITU-D SG 1 - Question 20-1/1, “Access to telecommunication/ICT services by persons with disabilities and with special needs”

  • Other progress in ITU-T Study Groups 9, 12 and 13

IGF 2012 6-9 November 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan


Examples of itu activities relevant standards developed in itu
Examples of ITU activities: Relevant standards developed in ITU

  • Telecommunications Accessibility Checklist to be incorporated into all ITU recommendations

  • ITU-T Recommendation F.790, Telecommunications accessibility guidelines for older persons and persons with disabilities

  • ITU-R Report BT.2207, Accessibility to broadcasting services for persons with disabilities

IGF 2012 6-9 November 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan


Examples of itu activities policy and regulatory guidelines
Examples of ITU activities: policy and regulatory guidelines

  • ITU Guidelines for policy makers and regulators (e.g. “Making TV accessible report”)

  • ITU-G3ICT Accessibility toolkit for persons living with disabilities

  • Several advocacy and awareness raising events on this area, with key partners such as the UNESCO, EBU, the World Standards Cooperation or G3ICT.

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Examples of itu activities support to developing countries
Examples of ITU activities:support to developing countries

  • Community ICT Centres for Persons with Disability implemented in Armenia, Ethiopia and Mali in 2011;

  • Multi-purpose Community Tele-centres (MCTs) for persons with disabilities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka in 2010;

  • Several capacity building activities throughout the world on the e-Accessibility toolkit.

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Making itu more accessible
Making ITU more accessible

  • Incorporation of accessibility features in ITU meetings (e.g. remote participation, captioning, sign language interpretation upon request).

    • Examples of meetings: WSIS Forum 2011 and 2012, JCA-AHF, the Focus Group AVA, ITU-T SG16 Question 26, ITU-T SG2 Question 4 or TSAG

  • Continuous improvements in ITU facilities.(e.g. refurbishment of room Popov incorporates high accessibility standards)

  • Next goal: to develop an ITU Accessibility Policy to be presented to Council 13 for endorsement

  • IGF 2012 6-9 November 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan


    Why additional funding is needed
    Why additional funding is needed?

    The following activities are resource intensive:

    • Implementation of ITU Accessibility Policy to make ITU facilities, meetings, documents and resources fully accessible to persons living with disabilities;

    • Sponsorship of experts in ITU meetings when needed;

    • Funding additional projects at the national, regional and global level to promote the use of ICTs by persons living with disabilities.

    IGF 2012 6-9 November 2012, Baku, Azerbaijan


    The itu accessibility fund
    The ITU Accessibility Fund

    • Instructed by Resolution 175

    • Open to voluntary contributions from ITU Membership, private sector organizations, non-for profit organizations and individual contributions.

    • Contributions to be used to:

      • Promote representation of PwDin ITU activities;

      • Make ITU activities accessible to PwD;

      • Support implementation of projects at national and regional level.

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    Become a supporter of the itu accessibility fund
    Become a supporter of the ITU accessibility fund

    Let´s work together to improve the lives of 1 billion people through ICTs

    (and let´s bring this message to the high level session on disabilities and development at the 68th UNGA - 2013)

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    GET INVOLVED

    www.itu.int/accessibility

    [email protected]

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    Thank [email protected]

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