In the age of digital interconnectivity, information, and communication technologies (ICTs) are now woven into our daily lives. Our actions span various socio-economic domains, such as education, employment, entertainment, and social interactions, both online and offline. As a result, digital inclusion in societies and communities has become a fundamental human right. This event will delve into the role of ICTs/digital accessibility in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
This interactive workshop will aim to strengthen Member States and stakeholders involved in CRPD implementation understanding and knowledge on the key role of ICT accessibility. In an engaging and interactive executive workshop, participants will acquire a thorough understanding of terminology that may otherwise lead to confusion, including connectivity, access, accessibility, accessible ICTs, assistive technologies (AT), and ICT accessibility and will differentiate between assistive technology and accessible devices while identifying the beneficiaries of accessible features. The workshop will further clarify the importance of ICT/digital accessibility in achieving digital inclusion, benefiting not just persons with disabilities but all individuals, irrespective of gender, age, technical aptitude, literacy levels, and other factors.
Additionally, the discussions will encourage participants to contemplate the meaning of inclusion, envision the world we desire to inhabit, identify emerging global trends, and determine the next steps toward establishing inclusive digital societies and communities. Participants will also examine the main challenges to surmount, whether they stem from technological limitations or ingrained mindsets.
The workshops ultimately strive to stress that by mastering ICT/digital accessibility, all stakeholders and parties involved can cultivate collaboration, effect change, and sculpt a digital future that is accessible, inclusive, and equitable for everyone, laying the foundation for a universally inclusive digital world.
Speakers will include representatives from
Member States TBC