To enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems, and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas.

Source: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Accessibility [...] is defined as meaning that people with disabilities have access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, transportation, information and communications technologies and systems (ICT), and other facilities and services in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities.

Source: European Accessibility Act: legislative initiative to improve accessibility of goods and services in the Internal Market

Accessibility is the degree to which a product, device, service, or environment is available to as many people as possible. Accessibility can be viewed as the "ability to access" and benefit from some system or entity. The concept often focuses on people with disabilities or special needs (such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) and their right of access, enabling the use of assistive technology.

Accessible products

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This classification includes accessible technological products of interest. These products could be considered within the limit of those included in AT Observatory, such as electrical appliances or electronics designed specifically for people with disabilities.

In general, the product file will only provide basic data, referring to the company that manufactures it for more information.

REHACARE Congress 2018

The REHACARE International is a trade fair for Rehabilitation , Care , Prevention and Integration . For over 30 years, it has provided a comprehensive overview of the tools and services needed by people with disabilities , care needs, the elderly and those with chronic diseases - from simple products to complex systems. It combines product show, specialist information and professional exchange of views through the interaction of the trade fair , congress and numerous theme parks.

ICT4AWE 2018: 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health

The International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health aims to be a meeting point for those that study and apply information and communication technologies for improving the quality of life of the elderly and for helping people stay healthy, independent and active at work or in their community along their whole life.

Section 508

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In June 2001 Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act went into effect specifying the requirements for accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that each federal agency needed to follow.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines

In this final rule, the Access Board is updating its existing Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, (“508 Standards”), as well as our Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines under Section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934 (“255 Guidelines”). Given the passage of nearly two decades since their issuance, the existing 508 Standards and 255 Guidelines are in need of a “refresh” in several important respects.

United States Access Board

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The Access Board is an independent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.


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G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies – is an advocacy initiative launched in December 2006 by the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, in cooperation with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UN DESA.