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ICT for Special Needs Providing Equal Opportunities . ICT Trust Fund Ministry of Communication and Information Technology Presented by Hoda Dahroug November 2007. Agenda. ICT Trust Fund ICT Trust Fund & Disabilities Sample Projects for special needs Recommendations. Agenda. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • ICT for Special Needs

    Providing Equal Opportunities ICT Trust FundMinistry of Communication and Information Technology

    Presented byHoda Dahroug

    November 2007

  • AgendaICT Trust FundICT Trust Fund & DisabilitiesSample Projects for special needsRecommendations

  • AgendaICT Trust Fund

  • ICT Trust FundEstablished In January 2002Founders: Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT).The United Nations Development Program (UNDP).Ministry of Communications & Information Technology

  • ICT Trust FundMission:Foster sustainable socio-economic development using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)Vision:Public Social Private Partnerships between the Government, the Private Sector and the Civil Society is an essential base for implementing Programs and Initiatives aiming at maximizing the utilization of ICT for DevelopmentStrategies:Establishing public-private partnerships.Raising awareness of the developmental potential of information and communication technology. Making ICT more accessible and affordable to ALL CITIZENS. Using information and communication technology to further development.

  • AgendaICT Trust FundICT Trust Fund & Disabilities

  • Enabling EnvironmentUN Convention on the Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesProgress in the world in ICT development has opened up many opportunities for people with disabilities especially in matters of networking, solidarity, employment and independent living.Assistive computer technology and other augmentative communication products make for easy access to information and communication by people with disabilities. Political Support & The emerge of a Socio-awareness & needs

  • ChallengesLack of centers/ institutions to serve and support children with disabilities and their parentsLack of awareness on the importance and the impact of using ICT in education of special needsLack of qualified trained teachers on the use of ICT to support the education of children with disabilitiesLimited Government Budget channeled for special needs Limited Number of ICT tools for special needs

  • Special Mission for DisabilitiesAll People with Special Needscan serve our societyand participate fully as equal citizensusing ICT

  • Principal GuidelinesIntegrating special needs for disabilities as an integral part of the national strategiesImproving their living conditions, specially in urban and rural areas Promoting and encouraging the development of ICT-based Universal Design Communication tools in order to face barriers in their participation as Equal membersPartnering with relevant stakeholders (Government, NGOs, and private sector )

  • ICT Trust Fund ApproachSecond Approach Adapt implemented projects to serve people with special needsFirst ApproachDevelop special needs pilot projects using ICT

  • Areas of Concern

  • AgendaICT Trust FundICT Trust Fund & DisabilitiesSample Projects for special needs

  • Sample of Projects for Special Needs

  • ICTARB (Visual Impairments) Partners : UNDP ICTDAR - MCITThe visually-impaired make up a large percentage of the people with special needs in the Arab region- 7 Million according to an estimate by the WHO.

    ICTARB uses technology to address the needs of the visually impaired; it provides specialized tools made available through community access centers, allowing them to have access to training, knowledge, and services.

    Estimated Number of beneficiaries used ICTARB center in Egypt (2005 2007):

    No. of visually impaired & blinds completed the training 425No. of visually impaired & blinds used the centers facilities 1403No. of visually impaired & blinds used the Audio/Braille library 1302No. deaf & mute persons used the centers facilities 608

  • DEAF Communication CDPartners : Vodafone - MCITAn Interactive multimedia CD Help the hearing impaired to communicate with each other and with the society Increase the dictionary of hearing impaired and provide a unified finger and sign languages Strengthen personal skills, independence, confidence, motivation and social contact Train relevant instructors and family members on sign language

  • MAISCapacity Building Program provides computer facilities for hearing/vision impaired in the deprived, remote rural areas in Sohag Governorate 2 Schools, 4 NGOs443 Trainees, 77 hearing/vision impaired(Movimento per lAutosviluppo, lInterscambio e la Solidarit)(Movement for Empowerment, Exchange and Solidarity)

  • The Community Development PortalEmpowering communities through The provision of easy access to the information they need To widen their horizonsTo increase their future and career opportunitiesFamily PortalEncourage the contribution of people with special needs, in order to bridge the gap of digital exclusion Provide information in Text/Voice formatsFeatures specially designed to improve the accessibilities for users with special needs

  • IT ClubsDemo

    Bring the latest Information technology to the grass roots and make it an integral part of local communities Provide a solution to problems of affordability, accessibility and awarenessNew concept: Mobile IT clubs (MITC)32 IT Clubs are for Special Needs

  • ImpactPromote positive attitudes towards Disabilities Support learning through collaboration, data exploration, communication and creativity. Create opportunities for participation, education, employment, income generation and leadership

  • AgendaICT Trust FundICT Trust Fund & DisabilitiesImplemented ProjectsRecommendations

  • RecommendationsThe need for allies and supporters is paramount. Work together with partners in the field of disabilities, with individuals as well as organizations and policy-makers.Increase public and civil society awareness of the impact of using ICT for special needs and non formal educationSupport the development of ICT based localized educational programs and content for different types of special disabilities and for non formal education.Create a network of partners and stakeholders supporting people with special needs in order to disseminate information, best practices and tools to Partners in developing countries.Facilitate and support training of teachers, consultants and institutions on the use of ICT tools for special needs.

  • Disabled + ICT + Multi-stakeholder + Projects=Equal OpportunitiesDisabled + ICT = Enabled

  • Egypt ICT Trust Fund Ministry of communication and information technology spn@ictfund.org.egYour feedback, suggestions, or partnership will be highly appreciatedThank you

    Promote positive attitudes towards disabled people Create significant and sustainable reform across our public services. Support learning for people with special needs (children in schools, Adults in Life-Long-Learning) is the goal of a system that offers collaboration, data exploration, communication and creativity based on a common software architecture Create opportunities for participation, employment, income generation and leadership for people with a disabilityICT provides magic solution to overcome disability. Disability + ICT = Ability All parties must unite their efforts to promote positive society attitude. Multi-stakeholder + implemented pilots= positive society attitude Disabled + positive society attitude = Enabled

    ICT provides magic solution to overcome disability. Disability + ICT = Ability All parties must unite their efforts to promote positive society attitude. Multi-stakeholder + implemented pilots= positive society attitude Disabled + positive society attitude = Enabled

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