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ICT for Persons with Disabilities: TRAI seeks comments

The TRAI consultation on Making ICT Accessible for Persons with Disabilities seeks responses from stakeholders.

New Delhi: Aiming to make accessible Information and Communication Technology-based services, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recently floated a consultation paper on the issue.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) had also recognised the unique challenges faced by Persons with Disabilities (PwD) while accessing telecommunication and broadcasting services and 10 devices and had categorised them broadly on the basis of various types of disabilities — audio impairment, visual impairment, dexterity based disabilities and cognitive disabilities.

 The consultation paper — Making ICT Accessible for Persons with Disabilities – floated by TRAI asked which are the disabilities, with specific accessibility requirement, other than those mentioned by the ITU require consideration for preparing a framework?

Percentage of PwD in India grew from 2.13 per cent in 2001 to 2.21 per cent in 2011 with 2.68 crore.

TRAI asked stakeholders to furnish their comments January 22, 2018 and counter-comments by February 5, 2018.

“What are the reasons for the desired benefits of ICT (telecom and broadcasting) not reaching the PwDs despite several policy measures and scheme being implemented?” it asked the stakeholders.

It sought opinions on corrective measures that can be adopted by the government to make ICT accessible to the PwDs.


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