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G3ict

Higher Education Forum

“The exclusion and marginalization of persons with disabilities is a human rights issue as well as an economic issue for countries. Digital technologies break traditional barriers to communication, interaction, and access to information for persons with disabilities. The confluence of increasing public and private service provision through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the growing number of mainstream, everyday ICTs that can be used as accessible devices is changing the paradigm of technology-enabled development for persons with disabilities.” - Deepti Samant Raja, World Development Report, 2016

Higher Education for All

G3ict launched the Higher Education for All initiative to understand the global state of ICT accessibility in Higher Education. In conjunction with colleges and universities, the Fora overarching strategic priorities are designed to promote equal and timely access to accessible ICT campus-wide products and services with the goal of advancing retention and graduation rate for students with disabilities. Partnering with leading organizations G3ic’s Higher Education Forum researches, creates, deploys and promotes:

  • Facilitated Events
  • Professional Certifications
  • Technical Assistance Training, and Publication Resources

About Us

Mission: Our mission is to eliminate the global digital divide in colleges and universities for students, faculty and staff with disabilities.

Vision: Our vision is to create inclusive Higher Education environments for all.

Priorities:

Priority 1: Retention and Graduation. To advance academic retention and graduation rates by furthering accessible ICT accessible student-centered designed, best practices, and resources.

Priority 2: Research. To research, analyze and publish ICT environment data as it relates to higher education and direct campus accessibility.

Priority 3: Professional Micro-Credentialing Certifications. To create and promote Higher Education Professional Micro-Credentialing program, in conjunction with the IAAP Professional Certificate initiatives.

Priority 4: Quality Indicators. To create and promote post-secondary ICT Indicators of Quality (IQ) for campus accessibility. The IQs are concentrated around the campus accessibility policies, processes, and procurement of ICT products and services.


Moving Forward

In 2018 G3ict, through its International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) Division, implemented a Higher Education Community of Practice (CoP), which provides higher education professionals a framework to implement accessibility throughout their institutions. The goal of the CoP is to address accessibility holistically rather than as a retrofit process. Leveraging on existing IAAP resources, the CoP offers a network of skilled subject matter experts providing information on current higher education trends, standards, guidelines and laws centered on accessibility in the areas of information technology, cyber security, instructional design, e-learning, digital documents, procurement, communications and event planning. If you are interested participating or learning more about the CoP, email HECoP@accessibilityassociation.org.


Organizer

The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) is an advocacy initiative launched in December 2006 in cooperation with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UN DESA. G3ict’s mission is to support and help implement the goals of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as well as promote digital accessibility and assistive technologies.

The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is a membership-based organization for individuals and organizations that are focused on accessibility or are in the process of building their accessibility skills and strategies. As of July 2016, IAAP became a division of G3ict.


Our Work

G3ict Higher Education Technical Assistance. G3ict Higher Education is committed to supporting professionals dedicated to creating inclusive campus environments and advancing accessibility. Our initiatives focus on policy and strategic decision-making. Through a network of global partners, G3ict provides educational resources and consulting services with the aim of affecting cultural and system change. If you are interested in technical assistance, email info@g3ict.org

G3ict M-Enabling Higher Education Forum. In 2016 G3ict launched the Higher Education Forum in conjunction with the M-Enabling Summit. The summit takes place annually each June in Washington, D.C. The forum provides information sessions and networking opportunities. If you are interested in attending, exhibiting, or becoming a sponsor, email info@g3ict.org

IAAP Higher Education Community of Practice. In 2018, IAAP implemented a Higher Education Community of Practice (CoP). By leveraging existing IAAP resources, the CoP offers a network of skilled subject matter experts providing information on current higher education trends, standards, and guidelines related to accessibility. If you are interested in joining the CoP, email HECoP@accessibilityassociation.org

The Higher Education Accessibility Webinar and Technical Assistance Series. IAAP has launched a 9-part webinar and technical assistance series. The series provides in-depth information on ICT accessibility and instructs participants in the development of a strategic framework to implement campus accessibility. If you are interested participating or learning more about the series, email HECoP@accessibilityassociation.org


Resources

Our Data

Between 2015 and 2017, the Higher Education for All initiative surveyed more than 100 institutions worldwide and engaged international leaders to learn more about ICT campus accessibility. The research highlights that campuses are not ICT-accessible and the digital divide is growing.

DOWNLOAD HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR SURVEY (PowerPoint) TAKE OUR SURVEY (English)


Publications, Reports and Research

  • College Support for Students with Disabilities: Helping U.S. Students Navigate Higher Education-Accessible Knowledge
  • Accessibility In Transition: From Remediation to Born Accessible in Post-Secondary Education
  • Enabling Access for Persons With Disabilities to Higher Education and Workplace: Role of ICT and Assistive Technologies
  • Model ICT Accessibility Policy Report
  • Model Policy for Inclusive ICTs in Education for Persons with Disabilities
  • Study on Assessing and Promoting e-Accessibility
  • Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion
  • Universal Design Toolkit for Customer Engagement


Organizations

  • WebAIM, Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University
  • High Tech Center Training Unit, California Community Colleges
  • Bookshare Global Literacy Initiative, Benetech
  • AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • AccessText Network (ATN), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Web Accessibility Group (WAG), Georgia Institute of Technology


Education and Instructions

  • ICT Accessibility MOOC, Georgia Institute of Technology, edX
  • Disability Awareness and Support, University of Pittsburgh, Coursera