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  • 1. Using ICT and Social Media to EmpowerPersons with DisabilitiesNera Monir DivanBosnia and HerzegovinaICTs, inclusive governance and conflict prevention CoPIstanbul, May 2013United Nations Development Programme
  • 2. Electronic South Eastern Europe InitiativeAlbaniaBosnia &HerzegovinaCroatiaMacedoniaMoldovaMontenegroRomaniaSerbiaKosovo*Chairperson of eSEE InitiativeCroatiae-SEE Initiative SecretariatSupported by UNDP CO Bosnia and HerzegovinaSupporting Countries and OrganizationsUNDP, EC, Governments of Italy, Slovenia, Estonia
  • 3. e-Accessibility in SEE•Low implementation level of Area C of e-SEE Agenda:Inclusive Information Society•Inclusion EU Access demands•UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Chapters4, 9, 21, 24, 32)
  • 4. e-Accessibility in SEE (cont.)•Workshops for 400+, consultations with 240 key institutions in 9countries•Regional ownership: 40 local experts consulted, 240 verified
  • 5. Empowering the Marginalised•SEE: Lack of e-Accessibility Strat. Framework & Legislation•Ministerial Declaration: e-Accessibility Action Plans•Technology is there: W3C•The main thing missing is the will to commit to this!•Early action in e-services will yield best results
  • 6. Empowering the Marginalised (cont.)•Mapping of e-Accessibility actions, good practices, situationoverview•Set of Policy Proposals and Recommendations vis-a-vis UNCRPDand EU access.•Gender Equality an integral part of the process•Unexplored potential of ICT and Assistive Technologies
  • 7. One-stop-shop for PwD- database ofassistive technologies http://dat-see.com/• Regional AT Database• Aid Directory• Institutions in charge• Legislation in one spot• UN Convention: Article 4,9, 21
  • 8. First educational software in BHShttp://eseeinitiative.org/lefca/Text • Developed for and tested inclassrooms• Based on “LEARNING FRAMES”• Successful in teaching childrenwith AUTISM, otherdevelopmental delays• UN Convention: Article 4, 7, 9
  • 9. e-Participation portal for persons withdisabilities www.visemogucnosti.info• Report Discrimination• Give Suggestion• Find out more: UNCRPD• Digital Stories• UN Conv.: Article 4, 9, 21
  • 10. Infoservis: First Regional Web Portal for thevisually impaired http://www.infoservis.ba/• Initiative of a visually impairedcitizen• 100.000 hits, 5000 articles• Fully W3C Compliant• Special Feature: School ofJournalism• UN Convention: Article 9, 21
  • 11. Accessible Web-pages of the BiH Council ofMinisters http://www.infoservis.ba• UNDP provided technicalassistance and testing• Fully W3C Compliant• Content of web-pages of allstate level governmentinstitutions available to visuallyimpaired and elderly• Testing conducted by visuallyimpaired persons
  • 12. Path AheadAssistive Technologies Incubator?- Consumption vs Production of technologies- Highest number of engineers + innovators- Economic sense: unified regional market