ICTs safeguarding persons with disabilities’ human rights
Following up to the New Delhi Declaration on Inclusive ICTs for Persons with Disabilities, UNESCO took the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (celebrated this past December 3rd 2015) to sign their new partnership with the Nippon Foundation. The agreement encourages stakeholders to share their ICT related experiences on promoting persons with disabilities’ right to access information, awareness raising and effective application of inclusive ICTs by media, educators and decision-makers among others.
Earlier in the year, UNESCO hosted the “CONNECTing the Dots: Options for Future Action” Conference, taking the opportunity to acknowledge, once more, the immense potential ICTs have to foster the inclusion of persons with disabilities, particularly within the digital world but also to increase their access to information and civil participation.
Approximately 80% of persons with disabilities are believed to be living in developing countries and, among the children living with any kind of disability in developing countries, only 2% are in schools. Collective international action towards digital inclusion is hence particularly important and very welcome in any capacity.
The organization’s toolkit for the digital world, “Keystones to foster inclusive Knowledge Societies”, has been updated and you can access the 2015 version here. Accessibility is one of the principles outlining the four keystones that the toolkit encompasses, namely Access to information and knowledge, Freedom of expression, Privacy and Ethics.