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Introduction to developing policy

Introduction to developing policy


Author: Cynthia D. Waddell, Juris Doctor, International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI). Contributors: J. E. Baker, L. McArthur, J. Silva, J. Treviranus, Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto; Susan Schorr, Head  of ITU-D Special Initiatives.

As countries move forward to ratify and implement the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the task before policy makers is to reflect on the obligations of the Convention in the State's national legal framework, including policies, development planning and budgeting.

The e-Accessibility Policy Toolkit provides guidance necessary to assess the state of e-accessibility legislation within a country and based on this develop effective policy.  This process is set out in the following 3 sections:

Provides five steps for identifying policy priorities.  Includes examples of practices from around the world.

accessibility policies, mainstreaming ICT policies, and policies in support of civil society or non-government organizations.     

Process to identify the "owners" of each category of legislative and regulatory initiative. Examples of Good Practices to Establish Consensus and Foster Multi-Stakeholder Cooperation. Cooperation between government and the private sector.

The e-Accessibility Policy Toolkit also contains a number of other resources that will be useful in the development of e-accessibility policy including information on:

Additional resources on the text of the Convention, its definitions and meanings are contained at: