G3ict releases the Digital Accessibility Rights Evaluation Index to assess worldwide preparedness to boost digital inclusion for persons with disabilities
The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) released the first Digital Accessibility Rights Evaluation (DARE) Index to assess the level of preparedness of 121 countries to address the need for digital inclusion of persons with disabilities. The index, which was developed in collaboration with Disabled People’s Intenational (DPI), gathers insights from research and experts across eight regions.
The DARE Index measures three categories of variables: country commitments, country capacity to implement, and digital accessibility outcomes for persons with disabilities in 10 different areas of digital products. Results showed positive advances in country legislation for promoting digital accessibility rights, but also significant gaps in countries’ capacity to implement actions to make products accessible.
The top ten countries ranked by the index were Oman, Brazil, France, South Africa, Qatar, the United States, Italy, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, Kenya, and Spain. Success stories from the most advanced countries suggested that increasing accessibility for persons with disabilities requires long-term collaboration between public sector, industry, and non-governmental organizations. Another relevant highlight was that persons with disabilities should be included in the discussion and policy-making process.