The ITU and civil society partner, The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict), have jointly released a new report entitled, 'Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Accessible for Persons with Disabilities', which reveals a surge of interest in accessibility applications offering unprecedented ways to empower persons with disabilities to communicate, access information and control their environment.

The report also includes a checklist for policy makers, which includes steps such as developing a roadmap with operators to identify and address mobile phone accessibility gaps; facilitating or holding capacity building programmes with mobile operators on disability awareness and ways to reach out and serve persons with disabilities; and identifying areas for which Universal Service/Access Funds may intervene to equalize access for users with disabilities.

For more information, see ITU Media Release. To view a copy of the report, please click here.