1.4.2 The International Telecommunication Union


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the lead United Nations agency for information and communication issues and is the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services.  ITU works to improve the telecommunications infrastructure of the developing world and has a specific strategy on accessibility.  This strategy focuses on:

·         making technical design standards accessible

·         supporting the rights of  persons with disabilities,

·         providing training on accessible ICT

Examples of ITU’s work and collaborations include:

·         “Total Conversation” – ITU-T Rec.F.703.23 Total Conversation is an ITU service description that covers videophone with real time text.  It is an audiovisual conversation service providing real-time video, text and voice that is not only useful for persons with disabilities but also for anyone requiring textual back-up, technical data, language translations, verbal or signed conversations.

Joint ITU/G3ict “e-Accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities”. This online toolkit is designed to assist policy makers to implement the ICT accessibility dispositions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.