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Policy Development

While the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) mandates desired accessibility outcomes, it does not prescribe specific digital accessibility solutions or references. G3ict facilitates and supports the implementation of the dispositions of the CRPD on the accessibility of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and assistive technologies through ICT procurement policies, accessibility standards, and technical resources developed in close collaboration with experts in the field.

Under Policy Development, G3ict provides the following resources:

Global Programs

Smart Cities for All Portal

G3ict and World Enabled’s Smart Cities for All initiative to define the state of ICT accessibility in Smart Cities worldwide. The focus of this initiative is to eliminate the digital divide for persons with disabilities and older persons in Smart Cities around the world. Through partnerships with leading organizations and companies, we are creating tools and strategies needed to build more inclusive Smart Cities.

Learn more about the Smart Cities for All initiative.

View upcoming Smart Cities for All events.

Accessible ICT Procurement Portal

G3ict believes that governments at all levels and around the world can promote the digital inclusion of persons with disabilities and older persons by adopting effective policies for the public procurement of accessible ICT and an international accessibility standard to support them. In order to support governments to use their purchasing power to support the innovation of accessible technology and the creation of more robust accessible technology markets in every country, the accessible public procurement portal provides tools and strategies and other resources.

Learn more about the Accessible ICT Procurement Portal.

Download our Discussion Guide for Engaging ICT Vendors.

Access to Justice

Learn more about how technology can help increase access to justice for persons with disabilities worldwide. Click to download the G3ict paper submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Advisory Support to Governments

G3ict has been able to provide resources or direct policy making assistance to governments around the world. G3ict cooperates with regional and national governments such as the Government of Brazil, Egypt, India, Japan, Mexico. For example, G3ict worked together with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Arab Republic of Egypt and UNESCO to develop a model policy for ICT accessibility in education, that would also serve as a model of implementation for other countries.

Model Policies

G3ict, in collaboration with the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) Special Initiatives Division, has prepared a set of Model Policies on ICT accessibility that covers the web to mobile to television. These model policies have been designed as a tool for national policy-makers and regulators to create their own ICT accessibility policy frameworks and prioritize implementation.

Learn more on the G3ict Model ICT Policies.

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.

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