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    On IDPD, MCIT Announces Making Government e-Portals Disability-Friendly

    Cairo, 3 December 2018

    On the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), and in implementation of the Presidential initiative of the technological accessibility of government websites— launched by the President of the Republic during the Seventh Annual International Conference and Exhibition on Communications and Information Technology for Empowering Persons with Disabilities 2018 (ICT4PwDs) held in July— the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) announces the completion of phase one of making “Egypt Information Portal” accessible to PwDs, in cooperation with the Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC). The Portal provides key information, reports and statistics for people with visual and hearing disabilities. This is in addition to the website of the Ministry of Higher Education. MCIT, in addition, completed the technological accessibility of the National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA) website, which is currently being tested by the Council in preparation for its launch.

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat highlighted MCIT efforts, aiming to achieve technology-enabled inclusive communities by completing the implementation of all presidential initiatives to integrate and empower PwDs and create an enabling environment for them to enjoy their rights and free their creativity. He pointed out that the implementation of these initiatives greatly contributes to achieving an inclusive society and facilitating access for PwDs to information and services provided by the government.

    The ICT Minister’s Advisor for Social Responsibility and Services Abeer Shakweer said that Egypt, through this initiative, is one of the leading countries in designing accessible government websites. She referred to the projects implemented by MCIT to enable the comprehensive integration of PwDs using ICTs, and ensure accessibility to information by PwDs, in accordance with the principles established by the Constitution and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Egypt signed in 2007.

    MCIT has launched its strategy to support and empower PwDs in all areas. In accordance with the operational plans of the strategy, MCIT, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, provided accessible services of civil status, passports and work permits for persons with hearing disabilities through the use of assistive devices, programs and technologies. In addition, MCIT is currently working on deploying this project at the request of PwDs.

    MCIT also supported approximately 610 special education and integration schools to ensure equal access to education. MCIT provided specialized hardware and software, screen reader programs and Braille printers. This is in addition to providing training to 30,000 teachers on computer basics and the use of assistive technology. In addition, MCIT launched several training and capacity building initiatives, through which 2000 PwDs trainees graduated, and job opportunities were provided to around 60% of graduates. MCIT also funded 150 projects in the field of innovation to develop assistive technologies to serve all disabilities through Tamkeen competition, which sixth session has been recently launched to support more than 60 new projects.

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