Tag Archives: ICT accessibility

Safe Listening Devices: Volume and Hearing Loss

Matt Brady still struggles with hearing loss. He suffered permanent hearing damage in 2009 after listening to music on the treadmill at home, playing it at a volume that his parents could hear on the floor below. Soon after, Matt started to experience pain in his head followed by loss of hearing. Today, Matt’s hearing […]

My Life Advocating for Accessible ICTs

ICTs help persons with disabilities (PwD) overcome issues of access, be that to education, employment, or physical mobility. Throughout the world, persons living with disabilities are already benefitting from the advantages of ICT-enabled applications. But more needs to be done to make ICTs accessible to persons living with disabilities, so these technologies constitute an opportunity and not a […]

It’s all about Accessibility!

Accessibility in information and communication technology (ICT) is intrinsically linked to ITU’s 150 year history of innovation, yet it has struggled to keep pace with the extraordinary advances in technology of recent years. Universal access to adequate and affordable technology remains a key challenge for people with disabilities. As a teacher of the deaf, Alexander […]

Renewing ITU’s mandate to promote ICT accessibility

Today, on 03rd December, we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities under the theme Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology. For ITU, technology, especially Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), plays a key role in the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. On this special occasion, […]

The importance of Information and Communication Technologies in Building an Inclusive Society

Over the coming weeks, ITU’s 193 Member States will be meeting in Busan, Republic of Korea for the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference. This event is of great importance for the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, as ITU Member States will approve a Strategic Plan which ITU will implement over the next four years with the […]

A call to action to build a fully accessible society

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, one of the committees in the UN human rights treaty bodies system, adopted at its meeting held in April 2014 its General Comment No 2 on the issue of Accessibility. The General Comment to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) aims to […]

Mainstreaming Accessibility: Deafblindness, Assistive Technology and Advocacy

As a deaf-blind person, I’ve had to fight for seemingly trivial things like the right to access cafeteria menus or participate in rock-climbing. Most of the barriers I have encountered stemmed from misunderstandings by people unfamiliar with accommodations for people with disabilities. Through guidance from teachers and parents, I learned to educate community members about […]