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Institutional Advocacy

G3ict’s Institutional Relations and Advocacy Division supports international organizations, in-country advocates and private and public-sector organizations in promoting digital accessibility for persons with disabilities and the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Its activities consist in helping raise awareness about digital accessibility through conferences, seminars and media relations, benchmarking progress in implementation and deploying capacity building programs for governments and advocates.


Promoting ICT Accessibility Awareness in Cooperation with International Organizations

Since inception in 2006, G3ict has participated or jointly organized more than 200 awareness raising programs for States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and key stakeholders with UNDESA, the ITU, the World Bank, UNESCO, UNESCAP, UNICEF, UNITAR, WIPO, WHO, ILO, OHCHR, the CTU, OAS, ALECSO, the European Commission, W3C, ISO and the Global Compact. G3ict works with the United Nations through its Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and accreditation to the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It maintains membership with a permanent delegation at the ITU in Geneva allowing accessibility experts and persons with disabilities to participate in the work of the ITU. G3ict participates in the Civil Society Steering Committee which contributes to the development of the agenda of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention. G3ict frequently provides speakers, technical information, background research or advice for awareness raising programs about digital accessibility around the world.

Learn more about International Organizations working in the field of ICT accessibility.


Benchmarking and Support of In-Country Advocates

Advocacy in support of digital accessibility, be it for television, websites, mobile telephony, software, electronic kiosks or areas of application such as e-government, workplace accessibility or education can be greatly enhanced if bench marking data is available to demonstrate gaps and opportunities for improvement in comparison to other countries. G3ict, in cooperation since 2008 with Disabled People’s International, provides data on the progress made by States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. G3ict upgraded access to its ICT accessibility data for advocates by launching in 2018 the Digital Accessibility Rights Evaluation index – DARE Index – which provides essential country information and comparisons in core areas of country policy making, capacity to implement and actual ICT accessibility outcomes for persons with disabilities. With 137 countries referenced with individual country profiles, the DARE Index (2nd edition) is the most comprehensive source of data available worldwide on the status of ICT accessibility around the world.

Learn more about the DARE Index.


Capacity Building Programs

Article 9 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, by incorporating ICTs in its definition of Accessibility on par with the built environment and transportation, creates many new obligations for its States Parties which can only be met with the cooperation of multiple stakeholders and by leveraging the latest innovations and standards in ICT accessibility. G3ict facilitates the development of such cooperation at country level by providing interactive capacity building seminars based on its specially designed curriculum allowing governments, advocates and the private sector to align their knowledge and understanding of ICT accessibility and engage in constructive dialogues to define priorities and action steps to implement solutions. Capacity building programs have been held, over the years, in India, South Africa, Mexico, Colombia, and Dominican Republic.

Learn more about G3ict events and programs.


e-Accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities

A Joint ITU-D and G3ict Global Forum collaborated toolkit is designed to support member states in raising awareness and capacity building to address ICT needs for Persons with Disabilities. The toolkit facilitates the development of successful policies and strategies; and serves as a global electronic repository and platform for sharing experiences on best practices addressing disability issues in the ICT sector.

NOTE: The Toolkit contents are currently under revision. A newly redesigned website is scheduled to be launched in the Fall 2020.

Learn more on the G3ict Toolkit for Policy Makers Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


NeuroAbilities

NeuroAbilities is G3ict’s dedicated program to explore the current state of assistive solutions based on advanced Neurotechnologies, Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabling persons with disabilities and older persons to better interact with their environment.

The NeuroAbilities initial research program is made possible by a grant from the Patrick McGovern Foundation, scientific and programmatic support offered by the National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies, and the technical support contributed by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals.

NeuroAbilities is in the process of launching its own website with the following objectives:

  • A searchable Resource Center of vetted information
  • A platform to engage multiple stakeholders and promote discussion
  • To promote a comprehensive series of lectures and webinars

In addition to a think-tank section allowing for multiple types of contributions and content formats, the website will include the following sections:

  • “Who’s Who” Directory
  • Explore publications, case studies, etc.
  • Explore by Functional Disability Areas
  • Explore Technology Solutions Explore A to Z

Learn more on NeuroAbilities.