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  • One of the challenges faced by persons with disabilities is that they are often marginalized and left out of the general workforce because of their disability.
  • A special workshop will be convened at the Conference, under the theme: ‘ICT Empowering Persons with Disabilities’.
  • Ministers from the Caribbean as well as some major industry players will be making presentations during the workshops.

Technologies, that assist persons with disabilities, are among the key topics for discussion at a special seminar during the Caribbean Telecommunications Union/Information and Communications Technology (CTU/ICT) Week – Jamaica Conference, scheduled for December 2 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

This was disclosed by Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on November 27.

The State Minister said that one of the challenges faced by persons with disabilities is that they are often marginalized and left out of the general workforce because of their disability.

He said it is for this reason that a special workshop will be convened at the Conference, under the theme: ‘ICT Empowering Persons with Disabilities’. This will focus on three key areas – ‘ICT Accessibility in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’; ‘Implementing Accessibility Policies in key areas of Technology, Applications and Services’; and ‘Benefits for Persons With Disabilities’.

This workshop, to be held on Thursday, December 5, will also host a panel discussion which will specifically examine ‘Accessible Mobile Telephony’, ‘Accessible Television’, ‘Relay Services’ and ‘Accessible Web Services’ for persons with disabilities.

Mr. Robinson highlighted that the Government was already making strides in that direction and that a project, led by President of the Senate,  Mr. Floyd Morris, one of the strongest advocates for disabled persons, was already being planned.

“What we’re trying to see is how we can use the technology to facilitate persons with disabilities having access to work opportunities,” the State Minister told JIS News.

“If they don’t have the tools, they can’t do anything. There’s also going to be a demonstration of how technologies can assist persons with disabilities and they’ll include the Braille input devices and the Screen output system to read screen texts, to assist blind persons,” he noted.

Mr. Robinson said that the five-day conference would not be ordinary, and that Ministers of government from across the Caribbean as well as some major industry players will be making presentations during the workshops.

The conference will be addressed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, and President of the CTU, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, and Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Dr. Hamadoun Touré.