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G3ict’s Digital Accessibility Rights Education (DARE) Academy Announces 20 Recipients to Cycle 1 of its Scholarship Fund Program

Twenty recipients have been awarded scholarships as part of Cycle 1 of the scholarship fund program.

ATLANTA (September 15, 2021) —

The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) is pleased to announce the recipients of Cycle 1 of its Scholarship Fund Program through its Digital Accessibility Rights Education (DARE) Academy. Twenty applicants have been awarded the scholarship for Cycle 1 of the scholarship held from July 15 to August 15, 2021.

The 20 recipients are:

  • Opeolu Akinola (Nigeria)
  • Isaiah Daniel (Nigeria)
  • Thu Huong Dao (Viet Nam)
  • Jules Good (USA)
  • Oleksandr Hryshchenko (Ukraine)
  • Candice Jordan (USA)
  • Sanjog Kumawat (India)
  • Ka Ming Lau (Hong Kong)
  • Hiu Tung Lau (Hong Kong)
  • Jun Jun Limbo (Philippines)
  • Emmanuel Mhehwa (Tanzania)
  • Shamim Nampijja (Uganda)
  • Eric Ngondi (Kenya)
  • Ruci Senikula (Fiji)
  • Muhammad Shafique (Pakistan)
  • Muhammad Babar Shahzad (Pakistan)
  • Shrutilata Singh (India)
  • Ishmael Turay (Sierra Leone)
  • Beatrice Umutesi (Rwanda)
  • Joanne Webber (Australia)

G3ict’s DARE Academy Scholarship program is dedicated to opening new potentials for persons with disabilities who are interested in and passionate about advocating for digital accessibility and to get certified as professionals in this field. Forty scholarships are available through 2021, with Cycle 2 of the program awarding another 20 recipients between October 2021 through December 2021.


The 20 scholarship recipients successfully completed a global call for applications held from July 15 to August 15, 2021. Applicants were shortlisted and selected by the DARE Academy Advisory Council, consisting of representatives from regional and international Organizations of Persons with Disabilities. The Selection Jury consisted of members from CBM Global Disability Inclusion, European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), International Disability Alliance (IDA), International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH), DAISY Consortium, Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI), Leonard Cheshire Disability, and the World Blind Union (WBU).

The scholarship covers 100% of the costs of G3ict’s International Association of Accessibility Professionals’ education material, developed in partnership with Princeton University's Office of Information Technology to prepare for IAAP’s Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) exam. The scholarship also covers the fee to take the CPACC exam, and access to IAAP membership for one year.

The scholarship aims to make available to officers, advocates, and volunteers of organizations of Persons with Disabilities the same quality IAAP and G3ict training and certification resources than those available to private or public sector executives and academic personnel.

To learn more about the DARE Academy Scholarship Fund please visit the G3ict DARE Academy Scholarship webpage.


G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies – is an advocacy initiative launched in December 2006, in cooperation with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UN DESA. Its mission is to facilitate and support the implementation of the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) promoting digital accessibility and Assistive Technologies. Participating organizations include industry, academia, the public sector and organizations representing persons with disabilities. G3ict promotes good practices in digital accessibility policies and programs and provides tools for advocates around the world, including its Digital Accessibility Rights Evaluation Index (DARE Index) designed to benchmark countries' progress. Through its division IAAP, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, G3ict offers professional development resources and certification to more than 2,000 members in 46 countries. Since 2011, G3ict has organized the M-Enabling Summit in cooperation with E.J. Krause and Associates which promotes innovation in accessible technologies and environments. For more information, please visit the G3ict website.


Contact: Mahtab Irani, Program Officer, DARE Academy,