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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility assessment for the Europe region has been launched as part of the ITU Office for Europe accessibility initiatives. Its aim is to assess countries’ commitments to ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities, in terms of general legislation and regulations, and their capacity to meet those commitments, in terms of policies and institutional frameworks.
The ICT accessibility commitments arise from the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), the European Union (EU) accessibility legislation, where applicable, the ITU strategic goals, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The ICT accessibility assessment was launched in the midst of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which has reinforced the importance of ICT accessibility. It has been designed to provide ITU members and stakeholders from the ITU Europe region with a holistic view of ICT accessibility requirements and of the implementation status of ICT accessibility laws, regulations, policies and institutional frameworks. It also serves to provide advice to policy-makers and stakeholders throughout the region in the form of good practices and recommendations.