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Smart Cities for All



Smart Cities for All, a Global Strategy for Digital Inclusion proposed by G3ict and World Enabled.

In June of 2016, G3ict and World Enabled launched the Defining Accessible Smart Cities initiative to understand how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are being made available to persons with disabilities in Smart Cities.

The G3ict and World Enabled initiative included three separate data gathering strategies: a survey of more than 250 Global Experts, a series of roundtable discussions in global Smart Cities (Barcelona, London, Quito, New York, and San Francisco), and one-on-one interviews with numerous Smart City program managers and technologists. 

This vision document outlines six key interrelated strategies that can address the barriers and priority steps identified by global experts to support more accessible Smart Cities.

Tapping into Hidden Human Capital: How Leading Global Companies Improve their Bottom Line by Employing Persons with Disabilities

Tapping into Hidden Human Capital: How Leading Global Companies Improve their Bottom Line by Employing Persons with Disabilities
From large organizations with a global footprint to entrepreneurs with a few employees, attracting and retaining the right talent is the most critical success factor for their business. And as the pace of change, competitive pressures and turnover of critical human resources create new challenges every day, an untapped and often overlooked resource are employees with disabilities, whose skills, organizational commitment and positive impact on their work environment far outweigh the small costs, if any, of accommodating them. Published by G3ict, May 2016.
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Tapping into Hidden Human Capital: How Leading Global Companies Improve their Bottom Line by Employing Persons with Disabilities is an outstanding compendium of practical solutions for all employers by Debra Ruh, an entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in hiring persons with disabilities. It brings evidence of the benefits of employing persons with disabilities and shows step-by-step how to successfully do so.
 

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AT&T’s Corporate Accessibility Technology Office: An Industry Model



New G3ict white paper explores AT&T’s efforts to address digital accessibility across the company. This case study was published in September 2013.

Since the adoption of the CRPD in 2006, tech and telecom companies have taken steps to promote technologies that answer the needs of users of all abilities. AT&T has implemented proactive policies both internally and on the marketplace to ensure that products and services are accessible. AT&T Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO) is another example of a positive and constructive approach to digital accessibility.

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Read the Press Release: AT&T's Corporate Accessibility Technology Office Recognized by G3ict

Between Markets and Mandates: Approaches to Promoting Broadband Access for Persons with Disabilities



For a person with a disability, the impact of broadband can be truly life-altering. It can empower social networking, mentoring, and connecting with the broader world. It expands access to information, resources, and tools to meet complex needs in emergencies and disasters. It may even provide an opportunity for employment. All of which makes this report. Between Markets and Mandates: Approaches to Promoting Broadband Access for Persons with Disabilities, by Krishna Jayakar of the Pennsylvania State University, so timely and valuable | Published by Time Warner Cable 'Research Program on Digital Communications'

This report examines access to broadband by individuals with disabilities in order to identify programs and policies that promote broadband adoption. It begins by identifying significant barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from accessing broadband, including availability in their locations of residence, affordability, and device and content accessibility.

Emerging mHealth: Paths for Growth



This is a global research study about the opportunities and challenges of mobile health from the perspective of patients, payers and providers. PriceWaterCoopers | 2012

Unlike many other forms of communication, such as the Internet, mobile health will likely have a greater effect on how care is delivered, for three reasons:

  • Mobile devices are ubiquitous and personal;
  • Competition will continue to drive lower pricing and increase functionality; and
  • Mobility by its very nature implies that users are always part of a network, which radically increases the variety, velocity, volume and value of information they send and receive.

In recognition of these accelerating factors, PwC commissioned the Economic Intelligence Unit to examine the current state and potential of mHealth, barriers to adoption, and opportunities for companies seeking growth in this space.

Transforming Learning Through mEducation



Mobile technology is raising the quality of education and improving access to it. Early initiatives in mobile education, or “mEducation” are already enhancing learning outcomes worldwide. With growing availability and demand, mEducation is poised to become a USD 70 billion market by 2020 | GSMA and McKinsey & Company | 2012

We define mEducation as technology-enabled learning solutions available to learners anytime, anywhere. Any portable device, such as a tablet, laptop or mobile phone, that provides access to educational content through mobile connectivity (2G, 3G, or 4G complemented by mobile-based Wi-Fi) can be a tool for mEducation. Mobile technology’s power to transform education is difficult to overstate, given the importance and impact of learning that takes place outside a traditional classroom environment.

The Global Economics of Disability



The intent of this paper is to inform those grappling with how to position disability as a new market segment, and speak to the market in an economic context | Fifth Quadrant Analytics and Return on Disability Company | March 2012

Making up 1.1 billion people globally, Persons with Disabilities represent a sizeable population. Unlocking the potential in this large subset of the global community has serious ramifications for GDP, public and private institutional cash flows and how economies grapple with an aging population. The familiar emerging market investing question must be asked: when does this market tip? When does the global platform of disability mirror the scope and revenue generating power of Green?

Internal Market for Inclusive and Assistive ICT, Targeted Market Analysis and Legislative Aspects



The report provides analysis of the market and the legal frameworks and implementation of support schemes (referred to as Service Delivery Models) for assistive ICT in nine EU Member States. The study has been commissioned by the European Commission, Directorate General for Information Society and Media, unit ICT for Inclusion. | June 2011

The aim of the study was to examine the main barriers and opportunities today in the European Internal Market for assistive ICT and look at what could be gained from addressing these. The study has assessed the different models existing in nine Member States for the provision of assistive ICT to people with a disability, analysed the demand- and supply side of the market and conducted a number of case studies. The study puts forward a number of scenarios, conclusions and recommendations for the achievement of the European Internal Market for assistive ICT that supports the digital inclusion of people with a disability.

M-Enabling Summit 2011 Official Show Guide



Official Show Guide for the Inaugural Edition of the M-Enabling Summit 2011 Global Conference and Showcase for Mobile Applications and Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities | 5-6 December 2011, The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, Washington, D.C.

The M-Enabling Summit (5-6 December 2011), Global Summit and Showcase for Mobile Applications and Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities, is the first global program solely dedicated to participants in the emerging ecosystem for mobile accessible and assistive technologies, applications and services.

Visit event website at: http://www.m-enabling.com/

The Role of High-Speed Broadband in Telecommunications Between People with Limited Speech and the Health Workforce



Report for the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society, University of Melbourne, Australia, detailing the role of high speed broadband in communication between people with little or no speech and GPs. Year: 2010/2011

In April 2009, the federal government announced that it will be launching a National Broadband Network, with Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than current speeds in Australia. Evidence has shown that internet-based solutions enable people with communication impairments to make themselves heard and to interact with others.

This research sought to address the communication needs of people with little or no speech in healthcare, and began to explore the potential role of high-speed broadband in facilitating communication between GPs and patients with communication difficulties. 

Accessibility, Innovation and Sustainability at AT&T



A G3ict White Paper Documenting How Mobile Service Providers Can Serve Persons with Disabilities and Seniors

In order to promote the business practices required to provide accessible and assistive mobile equipment and services to persons with disabilities, G3ict requested that AT&T opens its doors to review and document its internal R&D and business processes for the benefit all interested parties. Read more.

 

National Accessibility Standard in the Russian Federation: A First Step toward Creating a Barrier-Free Internet



by Anatoliy D. Popko, Head of the Information Technology Department, “Rehacomp” on-Governmental Institution of Professional Rehabilitation and Training of the All-Russian Society of the Blind; Anatoliy J. Kamynin, Founder and Administrator of the Tiflocomp.ru portal, a leading Russian Internet resource on Adaptive Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired, April 2010; Reproduced with the kind permission from the “Information Society Magazine” translated from Russian to English by UNIC Moscow.

NTT DOCOMO's Mobile Phones for Persons with Disabilities



In his presentation, Mr. Ryuji Nagata, Manager of Product Department, NTT DOCOMO Inc., Japan reviews: (1) Japanese cell phone market; (2) Universal design approach in NTT DOCOMO; (3) What is Raku-Raku phone?; (4) New features of Raku-Raku phone; (5) Bone condyction receiver "Sound Leaf."

In his presentation, Mr. Ryuji Nagata, Manager of Product Department, NTT DOCOMO Inc., Japan reviews: (1) Japanese cell phone market; (2) Universal design approach in NTT DOCOMO; (3) What is Raku-Raku phone?; (4) New features of Raku-Raku phone; (5) Bone condyction receiver "Sound Leaf."

The Accessibility Imperative



"The Accessibility Imperative" is the first attempt made to present in one comprehensive volume the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in matters of accessibility to Information and Communication Technologies. The Convention at large - and more specifically its Article 9 - creates the first universal framework specifically addressing these issues which affect over 600,000,000 persons living with disabilities worldwide.


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"The Accessibility Imperative" is the first attempt made to present in one comprehensive volume the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in matters of accessibility to Information and Communication Technologies. The Convention at large - and more specifically its Article 9 - creates the first universal framework specifically addressing these issues which affect over 600,000,000 persons living with disabilities worldwide.

This book was developed based upon the proceedings of the first Global Forum of the G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on March 26, 2007. It presents the perspective of multiple stakeholders from all regions of the world and from a variety of backgrounds: industry, policy makers, international institutions, academia, and non-governmental organizations representing persons living with disabilities. Additional editorial content was contributed to G3ict and included in this first edition from meetings held in Russia, Korea, and the United States during the Spring of 2007.

With 129 countries having signed the Convention as of May 2008, the scope of legislative and regulatory work which will take place over the next few years in matters of ICT accessibility is considerable. This first edition will be the first reference made available to policy makers and their many constituents to facilitate the process of identifying the best path towards effective implementation of the Convention.

Related Publication: G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility | Download PDF.