International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today, 3 December 2015, we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, as per General Assembly resolution 47/3 of 14 October 1992 to promote awareness and mobilise support for critical issues regarding the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development.


Yesterday, Insafe was present at an interactive workshop in Brussels, hosted and moderated by MEP Philippe de Backer, organised by EU40, the network of young Members of the European Parliament, in collaboration with the European Disabilities Forum and the Application Developers Alliance. The workshop focussed on the positive impact of technology for people living with disabilities.
The main conclusions of the event were that people with disabilities still face barriers to access goods and services. ICT opens up access to a wide range of opportunities and can be adapted and personalised according to a person's needs. Mobile apps and, in particular, assisted apps are a useful way for people with disabilities to access a range of services others may take for granted and, equally, are beneficial to promote inclusion and employability of the estimated one billion people worldwide living with a disability. Therefore, accessibility to online services should be understood as a key priority at both a policy and legislation level.  
Exciting digital initiatives were presented at the event as follows:
  • The app RogerVoice which enables deaf people to make calls voice through recognition and text captions.
  •  dbGLOVE, a wearable device, that enables blind and deaf-blind people to live independently and get access to information, communication and social inclusion.

The event was a good opportunity to hear about many initiatives to promote the the positives of technology for a better quality of life, which is very much in line with our upcoming Safer Internet Day campaign on 9 February 2016 where we invite all stakeholders to ‘Play their part for a better internet'.

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