Innovative approaches from mobile hardware and applications developers as well as operators are helping connect the estimated 15 per cent of the global population that lives with some form of disability to the power of information and communication technology (ICT), a latest study says.
A joint report released last week by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and civil society partner the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in New York, USA reveals a surge of interest in an as-yet untapped market, with new accessibility applications now being launched almost daily, offering unprecedented ways to empower persons with disabilities to communicate, access information and control their environment.
The report entitled 'Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities' observed that senior citizens, people living with disabilities and the illiterate are often marginalised from the 'mobile miracle' however, because devices are not equipped with the right kind of accessibility features, or because the price of accessible mobile phones and services is out of reach.
That's now changing, with a host of exciting options coming onto the market. 'New screen readers can make mobile phones easily usable for the blind, those with low vision and the illiterate.
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