Access for people with disabilities
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that 15 per cent of world population are with disabilities. However, information and communication technologies (ICT) have the potential for making significant improvements in the lives of these persons, allowing them to enhance their social and economic integration in communities by enlarging the scope of activities available to them.
UNESCO is one of the UN agencies that promotes and supports the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted in 2006. UNESCO’s vision is to create knowledge societies that are inclusive, pluralistic, equitable, open and participatory for all its citizens.
To achieve this vision, UNESCO has undertaken an action plan centred around thematic priorities:
- Research and evidence-based data collection
- Development of policies and strategies on inclusion of persons with disabilities
- Building an enabling environment and raising awareness
- Development of appropriate tools for inclusion
- Capacity building