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Co-Executive Director Travels to New Delhi for UNESCO Session

April 2014

PHOTO: Amy Goldman with others at G3ict Accessibility Week in New Delhi
Pictured: Amy S. Goldman, co-executive director of the Institute, is pictured (third person from the right) at the G3ict Accessibility Week in New Delhi, India in February, with other distinguished attendees.

In February, Amy S. Goldman, co-executive director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education, participated in the G3ict Accessibility Week in New Delhi, India. "G3ict" is the acronym for "The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technology—Promoting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Digital Age."

During the week-long event, February 13 - 21, 2014, experts from around the world gathered to share information and ideas about a wide variety of communication issues that affect people with disabilities.

Amy was invited to be a part of the UNESCO Briefing Session on "Inclusive Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) for Education." The session featured a high level discussion with leaders from the Indian government and stakeholders in India about the significance of the UNESCO model policy on accessible ICTs in education, adopted last year. In addition, the group discussed how to assist countries on the implementation of these policies.

Other sessions included "How Can Industry and Disabled Persons Organizations best Cooperate to Promote Accessibility Solutions and Effective Public Policies?", "ICT Accessibility: Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and Advocacy Organizations" and a high level Seminar on Inclusive Financial Services.

Ms. Goldman said that the outcome of the event could have life-changing effects on people with disabilities worldwide. "The opportunity to meet with experts from all over the world was enlightening and exciting," Ms. Goldman said. "The ideas discussed will help countries implement important policies around technology and people with disabilities, improving their lives in their communities."

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