4.1.3 Stakeholders and consultations

A range of organizations and stakeholders will be responsible for policy implementation. Overall responsibility will likely lie at the ministerial or regional government level, depending on the size and autonomy of regions. Stakeholders will include:

  • National and regional educational authorities, from the ministry of education to regional educational authorities.
  • School boards, principles, teachers and accessible ICT specialists and support staff.
  • Private and public service providers, from Internet service providers to specialized assistive technology practitioners and vendors and mainstream ICT providers (local, national or multinationals).
  • State or privately funded, not-for-profit disability service providers.
  • Persons with disabilities, their families, care-givers and advocates.
  • Disabled persons advocacy organizations.
  • National and regional ministries and regulatory authorities in charge of ICT and telecommunication policy, strategy and regulation.
  • International, national and regional telecommunication regulatory authorities.
  • The scientific, research and academic community.
  • International aid organizations and charities.

One of the primary aims of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is to place persons with disabilities at the center of relevant policy development. The ITU/G3ict e-Accessibility Policy Toolkit provides practical tips on conducting accessible meetings and conferences. The ITU/G3ict Toolkit also suggests that “representatives of persons with disabilities can facilitate the administration of surveys needed to obtain data about accessible ICT and assistive technology needs.” It is essential that the needs of children with disabilities, as well as the needs of their teachers, parents and care-givers are systematically gathered and taken into consideration at all stages of the development of policy on the use of accessible ICTs in connected schools.