Second annual Accessible Europe event held in St. Julian’s, Malta

ITU-branded banner for Accessible Europe: ICT 4 All - 2019
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The second edition of Accessible Europe was held in St Julian’s, Malta, from 4 to 6 December 2019. This regional event for Europe was jointly organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the European Commission (EC), within the framework of the ITU Regional Initiative for Europe on “Accessibility, affordability and skills development for all”. It was hosted in St. George’s Bay by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Persons with Disability & Active Ageing (PSDAA). 

Accessible Europe is a multi-stakeholder platform to advance the implementation of accessible ICTs across Europe for greater digital inclusion and the socio-economic development of all people, including persons with disabilities. The three-day forum featured sessions on topics such as: procurement and standards for accessible technologies, artificial intelligence for accessibility, digital innovation ecosystem for assistive technologies, accessibility in education and the future of accessible audio-visual media services. 

Among the highlights of the event was a Regional Competition on Innovative Digital Solutions for Accessible Europe, which selected winners across five categories: Signly (deaf or hard of hearing), Waymap (visual impairment), IrisGo (speech impairment), VR Therapies (cognitive and intellectual disabilities), and Mirrorable (physical disabilities category). 

ITU also provided a knowledge development session on ICT accessibility to grow regional capacity in the topic, training 71 participants from 17 countries.