New toolkit for smart cities provides guidance for accessible ICTs

A new toolkit for implementing smart city programs that are inclusive for persons with disabilities and seniors was created by G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs), World Enable and Microsoft. Some of the key components of this guide are a model accessible ICT procurement policy, an inventory of ICT accessibility technical standards, a database of smart city solutions, and communication tools to increase awareness about the benefits of ICT accessibility.

The toolkit presents six strategies, which include promoting equal ICT accessibility, providing training and knowledge sharing, driving accessible technology innovation, changing the global narrative, expanding the tools used in smart cities and providing direct technical assistance for users. Additionally, it was recognized that the main barrier to make cities’ digital services accessible is the lack of awareness.

According to Dr. Victor Pineda, President of World Enabled and Co-Chair, Persons with Disabilities, on the General Assembly of Partners, “In order to ensure that ICT accessibility is deeply embedded into these emerging norms, partnering with multilateral institutions and international NGOs engaged in smart cities work is critically important.”

Sources: Cities Today, Smart Cities NYC