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Bridging the disability divide through digital technologies

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Bridging the disability divide through digital technologies

Bridging the disability divide through digital technologies. Background Paper for the 2016 World Development.
The exclusion and marginalization of persons with disabilities is a human rights issue as well as an economic issue for countries. Digital technologies break traditional barriers to communication, interaction, and access to information for persons with disabilities. The confluence of increasing public and private service provision through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the growing number of mainstream, everyday ICTs that can be used as accessible devices is changing the paradigm of technology-enabled development for persons with disabilities. This paper provides an overview of the opportunities presented by the internet and ICT for the full participation of persons with disabilities.

Bridging the disability divide through digital technologies

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