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Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities is a joint report of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and G3ict. Researched and Edited by the Center for Internet & Society, and was released in November 2011.

Mobile communications have become in less than two decades omnipresent in all countries, reaching out to the most isolated and underserved populations in developed and developing countries alike. In 2011more than 5.4 billion mobile phones are in use, almost one per human being on the planet.

In the midst of this telecommunication revolution, however, populations of senior citizens and persons living with disabilities have been left out due to accessibility factors: complex human interfaces difficult to understand and activate for persons with cognitive impairments or learning disabilities, lack of alternative communications for persons living with low vision, blind, hard of hearing or deaf, or, quite often handset ergonomics too difficult for persons with physical disabilities such as dexterity or mobility limitations.

This report contains references to the new legislative and regulatory framework set by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an important resource for policy makers. It also covers practical elements required for a successful implementation of those programs and policies.

Download report.

RNIB announced Techshare Mobile 2010 – Technology on the Move, sponsored by RIM. This one day conference will take place on 15 June 2010 at the ICC in Birmingham and will run alongside the UK Vision conference.
This special event will feature invited key speakers, including keynotes from RIM and Nokia and other workshop leaders from the world of mobile technology. The day will showcase innovations in digital technology for blind and partially sighted people and others with disabilities. There will be a strong focus on hardware and software in this field including mobile phones, netbooks, tablets and portable reading devices. Of course, mobile web will also be a key element.
Places will be limited so please book early. For regular updates including booking opening announcements and speaker announcements, sign up to Techshare News at:, go to or follow us on twitter at @TechshareEvents.