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UN Report on the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s) to foster the inclusion of persons with disabilities

On the 27th September 2013, the United Nations launched a new document entitled “The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework”.  The report is based on feedback from a global consultation carried out earlier this year in support of the preparatory process for the High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development (HLMDD), which took place at UN Headquarters yesterday.  The global consultation took feedback from over 150 expert inputs from relevant organizations and key individuals from over 55 countries, representing governments, academic institutions, organizations of persons with disabilities, civil society organizations, the private sector and regional and international organizations.

The preface of the new framework Document highlights that “The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework contributes to a better understanding of the extent to which information and communication technologies (ICTs) enable and accelerate the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities. It highlights that when ICTs are available, affordable and accessible, they significantly improve access to all aspects of society and development.

It also lists challenges that are still to be addressed while outlining concrete actions to be undertaken by each group of stake holders - including national governments, the private sector, and civil and international organizations - and relevant indicators to monitor progress towards the achievement of a disability-inclusive development agenda”.

To learn more about the Framework click on this link.