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Digital accessibility is fundamental to digital engagement - or, at least, it should be.
G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies– is an advocacy initiative by the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, in cooperation with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UN DESA. G3ict works to:
The web site is packed with free resources and news, including G3ict’s Digital Accessibility Rights Evaluation (DARE) Index framework, which measures countries’ commitments, capacity to implement and actual implementation and outcomes when it comes to Digital Accessibility. This recent blog is about India's progress towards implementing digital accessibility, measured by the DARE index. Highlights:
According to the DARE Index, when it comes to accessibility implementation and outcomes, India is ranked 46th in the world and 9th amongst lower middle-income countries, behind Egypt, Kenya, Angola and the Philippines. When looking at countries in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, India ranks around 8th overall and has policies/measures in progress for around 50% or more of the areas measured in the DARE index. The DARE Index leaders in APAC include Australia, the Russian Federation, Philippines and Malaysia. India lags in the involvement of DPOs in policy making, putting in place a definition of USO in Telecommunications that includes Persons with Disabilities and the availability of ICT accessibility courses across universities in the country. Areas where India has made some progress include accessible websites, e-books and digital documents, inclusive ICTs in Education, eGovernment, smart cities for all and ICTs for independent living. India has made considerably less progress in the area of Accessible TV and video programming compared to countries like Kenya, Angola and Ukraine which are leaders in this group. The areas in which India has made negligible progress are mobile telephony, internet for persons with disabilities, Inclusive ICTs for employment and workplace) and Procurement of public goods and services.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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