At today’s WSIS Forum session on ICTs and disability (#ICT4DD) led by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organsation and the UNESCO Chair in ICTD at Royal Holloway, University of London, more than 35 people in Geneva and some 15 people participating externally came together to explore ways through which accessibility/disability issues can be included more effectively in national ICT strategies. Three breakout groups came up with some 17 main reasons why disability issues are not more included within such policies and strategies, and then identified 7 practical ways through which these challenges can be overcome. Details of the outcomes are summarised in the mind map below (click on the image itself for a larger version, or the link below for a full sized version).
Solutions recommended included:
- The need to build awareness
- Mainstreaming accessibility
- Providing incentives, whilst also using regulation and enforcement
- Education as a means for affecting cultural change
- Using a quality label as a means for creating a minimum standard
- Capacity development
- The involvement of all stakeholders (Nothing about us without us)
Thanks to everyone who participated, and to all of the session partners including the ITU, G3ICT, the University of Michigan, OCAD University, the Daisy Consortium, and the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure initiative.