accessibility

CIPESA submits comments to Uganda Communications Commission on improving access to ICT for persons with disabilities
CIPESA submits comments to Uganda Communications Commission on improving access to ICT for persons with disabilities 28 February 2019 Daniel Mwesigwa

This article was originally published on the website of APC member Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA). Last year, Uganda’s communications regulator commissioned a study to establish the status of access to and usage of information and communications technology (ICT) by persons with disabilities (PWDs). In response to a call for comments, CIPESA made a submission to the commission, which could help various government agencies to devise strategies...

"We have the standards, the means to make internet services accessible. So why is this not happening?" Insights on disability and accessibility at the IGF 2018
"We have the standards, the means to make internet services accessible. So why is this not happening?" Insights on disability and accessibility at the IGF 2018 14 November 2018 Leila Nachawati for APCNews

The global Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been ratified by 177 states, which makes it obligatory for them to "promote access for persons with disabilities to new information and communications technologies and systems, including the internet." However, more than 12 years since the convention was born, web accessibility remains a distant reality for people with disabilities. Their experiences, needs and concerns were the focus of a session at the Internet G...

Disco-tech Paris: Join us in this pre-IGF event on disability and accessibility to the internet
Disco-tech Paris: Join us in this pre-IGF event on disability and accessibility to the internet 01 November 2018

Breaking through the walls of an inaccessible internet The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) kicks off on Monday, 12 November 2018, in Paris, France. On the evening of Sunday, 11 November, from 19:30 to 22:00, APC and Hivos/Digital Defenders Partnership will host the event Disco-tech Paris, under the theme, “Breaking through the walls of an inaccessible internet”. What will we do? 177 co...

Inclusion, mobility and connection: Diverse uses of mobile phones for women with disability
Inclusion, mobility and connection: Diverse uses of mobile phones for women with disability 26 October 2018 Srinidhi Raghavan for GenderIT.org

Each time I switched on the Netflix app on my phone, I activated the subtitles. They allowed me to focus on the screen and the show on hand during any periods of brain fog or anxious moments. The closed captioning was an added bonus for me. We know that subtitles and closed captioning are ways to make the content accessible to deaf and hard of hearing persons. But they are also useful for many ...

Can infrastructure sharing strategies improve broadband access in Southern Africa?
Can infrastructure sharing strategies improve broadband access in Southern Africa? 19 May 2015

High Tension pylons carrying optic fibreICT ministries and regulators from Southern Africa are meeting this week to consider ways to use infrastructure sharing to help achieve more universal access to broadband. The two-day event in Johannesburg beginning Wednesday 20 May is being convened by the regional regulatory body CRASA and organised by APC to bring together the Southern Africa Developm...

Unlocking broadband for all: Broadband infrastructure sharing policies and strategies in emerging markets
Unlocking broadband for all: Broadband infrastructure sharing policies and strategies in emerging markets 20 April 2015

In the quest for universal access, this study shows that the cost of network deployment can be dramatically reduced if operators collaborate with each other in deploying fibre optic backbones or masts for wireless broadband. The report points out that even greater savings can be made if other utilities such as roads, rail lines, pipelines and power grids share their infrastructure with network ...

Developing countries helped to achieve universal access through use of shared infrastructure
Developing countries helped to achieve universal access through use of shared infrastructure 15 April 2015 APC

Electricity pylons can be used for fibre cables. Source: Deloitte Governments should promote sharing of networks and laying fibre cables with other infrastructure such as roads and power lines if they are to achieve universal access to broadband. Sharing infrastructure not only saves time but also provides massive savings when rolling out telecom networks to meet the growing needs of the public...

ICTs and minorities: Deaf students no longer excluded from IT
ICTs and minorities: Deaf students no longer excluded from IT 16 July 2009 Lourdes Pietrosemoli

Internet training for the deafFrom March 3 to July 10 2009, the first training in IT Essentials by the Cisco Networking Academy for a group including six deaf participants took place in Merida, Venezuela. This course was a milestone for the deaf in our city, who not only acquired basic tools for their individual development, but also the mechanisms to transmit the acquired knowledge to other ...

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