1.4.1 World Summit on the Information Society

The World Summit on the Information Society, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), established a common vision for building an Information Society for all, and provided a framework to translate that vision into action.21 The WSIS Plan of Action contains many commitments on the development of an Information Society that enables the education, training and employment of persons with disabilities.22 These include:

  • C2 Infrastructure -- “Encourage the design and production of ICT equipment and services so that everyone has easy and affordable access to them, including older people, persons with disabilities, children, especially marginalized children, and other disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, and promote the development of technologies, applications, and content suited to their needs, guided by the Universal Design Principle and further enhanced by the use of assistive technologies.”
  • C3 Access to Information and Knowledge: -- "Adaptation of ICT infrastructure, tools and applications that facilitate accessibility of ICTs for all, and disadvantaged groups in particular.”
  •  C4 Capacity Building -- “Address the need to ensure the benefits offered by ICTs for all, including disadvantaged, marginalized and vulnerable groups.”


21World Summit on the Information Society http://www.itu.int/wsis/index.html

22UN/ITU (2003)WSIS, Geneva Plan of Action, available at