Latest Mexican developments on accessibility and ICTs

Joining the bandwagon of accessibility related news released at the beginning of this month, in the light of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Mexican government has published the web content accessibility guidelines to be followed by public agencies and estate companies. The document contains the principles and technical aspects that should be followed to ensure that the 6.6% of Mexicans that have a disability have access to all information and public services.

The National Programme for the Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (Programa Nacional para el Desarrollo y la Inclusión de las Personas con Discapacidad 2014-2018), in which technology, and more specifically ICTs, play a key role on the improvement of people’s well being. Objective 5 of the programme states the government’s engagement towards making public services accessible to all, including those in remote areas and Indigenous Peoples, via adequate use of ICTs. Conadis1 and Conacyt2 joined forces to ensure the application of the program, as well as to support related research.

The Mexican Government’s new online portal was launched this December 1st and is committed to having all of its content accessible to persons with disabilities in the medium term. A forum hosted by the IFT (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones) and jointly organized by Conadis and G3ict also took place on the same day to discuss digital inclusion of persons with disabilities and best practices.

You can find the published Mexican’s WCAG here.

1 Conadis is the government agency for the development and inclusion of persons with disabilities (Consejo Nacional para el Desarollo y la Inclusión de las Personas con Discapacidad)

2 Conacyt is the National Council for Science and Technology (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología)

Additional Sources: Conacyt, Mexican Government, El Financiero