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The World Bank is working to improve the well-being of persons with disabilities living in developing countries. Through the Disability & Development (D&D) team, it seeks to promote knowledge generation and documentation of good practice, the integration of disability issues into the World Bank’s analytical and operational work, and to foster external partnerships for disability and development.



May 9, Day 3 of the 5-day Disability & Development Core Course

On the third day, the course began with a site visit to Gallaudet University, a federally chartered university for the education of the Deaf and hard of hearing located in Washington, D.C. The president of the Gallaudet University, Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, made opening remarks. Dr. Khadijat Rashi talked about the global situation of the deaf community, Dr. Joseph Murray spoke about the human rights work of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), Dr. Audrey Cooper explained sign language usage and the impacts of sign language exclusion and Dr. Donna Mertens talked about the international development program at Gallaudet University.

The participants also had a chance to have a tour of Deaf-Centric Spaces on Campus guided by a undergraduate student majoring International Study, followed by the panel of World Deaf Leadership Scholarship students.

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The ITU/G3ict e-Accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities

The ITU/G3ict e-Accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities

The Toolkit is designed to:

  • Support the members of the ITU and other UN affiliated organizations in understanding the requirements of Article 9 of the Convention.
  • Assist State Parties in promoting accessible ICTs and identifying and eliminating any ICT accessibility barriers.
  • Provide a framework for the development of policies and strategies
    for mainstreaming digital accessibility at national, regional and international levels.
  • Serve as a global electronic repository of policies, international standards, good practices and technical references on digital accessibility.
  • Facilitate the design of effective policy frameworks responding to the needs of einclusiveness principles covering Communication, Information & Services.
  • Promote accessible and assistive ICT applications by fostering public-private cooperation in order to expand ICT usage by persons with disabilities.
  • Provide specific guidance to adequately address key issues of particular relevance to developing country environments.

For more details, please visit the ITU/G3ict e-Accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities website. Link to external site

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Last updated: 2012-05-10