As information and communication technologies (ICTs) become increasingly integral to daily life in today’s digital economy, it is more important than ever that ICTs are accessible to people with disabilities.
ICT accessibility was the topic of discussion at a side event during the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-16) in Hammamet, Tunisia this week.
Masahito Kawamori, Project Professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Japan’s Keio University and rapporteur of Question 28 “Multimedia Framework for e-Health Applications” in Study Group 16 of ITU-T, explained why accessibility is important and how ITU standards work is playing a key role in bringing about progress.
“ICT is everywhere. Unless you have very good accessibility, ICT doesn’t mean anything to people,” said Mr. Kawamori. “Mainstreaming ICT accessibility means that everyone actually doesn’t think about accessibility at all, so accessibility becomes normal.”
“In standardizing technology, we have to take into account accessibility in every detail … from the very beginning of drafting of standards as well as the implementation as well as actually in developing applications and technologies,” said Kawamori.
Kawamori spoke about how ITU standards work has progressed the mainstreaming of ICT accessibility in an interview with ITU News.
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