Accessible ICTs: Including persons with disabilities in technology standards

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on 3 December, celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018. In an article published on ITU’s news page, it was underscored that this year’s theme of ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’, resonated with the ITU’s efforts to empower persons with disabilities (PwD) through information and communication technologies (ICTs).

The article went on to site features such as captioning, screen-readers, assistive robotics technologies, and navigational tools as examples of how ICTs can provide opportunities and benefits for people with visual, hearing or motor disabilities and persons with specific needs to overcome difficulties in going about their most ordinary everyday activities.