You are here: Home / Accessibility / Blog / e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities

e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities

Posted by Nirmita Narasimhan at Nov 23, 2010 10:05 AM |
Filed under: ,
The Centre for Internet and Society is proud to announce the launch of its first publication, the “e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities" in collaboration with the G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive Information Communication Technologies) and ITU (International Telecommunications Union), and sponsored by the Hans Foundation. The handbook is compiled and edited by Nirmita Narasimhan. Dr. Hamadoun I. Toure, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union has written the preface, Dr. Sami Al-Basheer, Director, ITU-D has written the introduction and Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict has written the foreword.
e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities

e-Accessibility Policy Handbook

The book is based on the online e-accessibility toolkit for policy makers ( which was released by G3ict and ITU in February 2010. The book has contributions from over 60 experts around the world on ICT accessibility and is a most valuable addition to policy makers and regulators, advocacy and research organisations and persons with disabilities on the implementation of the ICT dispositions of the UNCRPD. We wish to express our sincere appreciation to all the contributors, G3ict and the ITU for making this possible.

The handbook was released by Smt.Vibha Puri Das, Secretary, Dept of Higher Education, Ministry of HRD at the International Conference on Enabling Access to Education through ICT held from 27 to 30 October 2010 in New Delhi. The printed book comes with a CD containing its daisy version. It is divided into four chapters:

  1. The Accessibility Imperative
  2. Policies and Programs
  3. Solutions that Work
  4. Accessibility Policy Making: An International Perspective
  5. Appendix A: Accessibility Policy Comparison Grid

Also there are two appendices:

  1. Appendix A: Accessibility Policy Comparison Grid
  2. Appendix B: Online Toolkit Site Map

The topics mainly focus on:

  • What is ICT accessibility?
  • What the CRPD says about ICT accessibility
  • How to best assess disability demographics and the impact of ICT barriers
  • Identifying ICT accessibility legislative, regulatory, policy and programs gaps versus CRPD guidelines and mandates
  • Engaging Disabled Persons Organizations and other key stakeholders in policy making
  • Policy development by area
  • Setting standards
  • Public procurement
  • Promoting assistive technologies
  • Promoting accessible product development & Universal Design
  • International cooperation
  • Wireless phones
  • Radios
  • Television
  • Remote consoles
  • Landline phones
  • Websites
  • Personal computers
  • Software
  • Electronic kiosks
  • Broadband services
  • Country analysis:
  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • European Union
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Developing countries
  • Summary

The publication of this book would not have been possible without the generous support of The Hans Foundation, to whom we would like to express our sincere thanks. We trust that readers will find this book most useful in their accessibility work.

The complete version of the book is available in pdf and daisy formats. These can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

  • e-Accessibility Policy Handbook: PDF
  • e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities: Daisy Format

Note: Daisy users can read the book in Amis or Emerson


  • e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities: Braille File