The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) established a Dynamic Coalition on “Accessibility and Disability”. The initial Terms of References for the Group are detailed below. Andrea Saks (ITU/TDI Telecommunications for the deaf Inc) welcomed the proposal and volunteered to coordinate this effort.
Users of telecommunications and information technology have a varied capability of handling information and the controls for its presentation. The source of this variation lies in cultural and educational backgrounds as well as on age-related functional limitations, in disabilities, and in other natural causes.
The Dynamic Coalition on "Accessibility and Disability", facilitating interaction between relevant bodies, aims to ensure that ICT accessibility is included in the key debates around Internet governance issues, in order to build a future where all sectors of the global community have equal access to communications and online information. We are convinced that the entire community can benefit from an “accessible ICT world”, as people can be permanently or temporarily disabled due to personal, environmental (e.g. a phone call in a noisy environment) or cultural (e.g. spoken language diversity) conditions. Moreover, we will all grow old and lose abilities that we take for granted now, thus enlarging the part of the population that would benefit from accessible communication.