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Qatar Ranked First Worldwide on Digital Accessibility Rights Evaluation Index 2020

14 Oct, 2020 12:00 AMAl Sharq Newspaper, The PeninsulaIntended Audience
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The State of Qatar has ranked first worldwide on the Digital Accessibility Rights Evaluation Index 2020 (DARE Index 2020) released by the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict). DARE Index is a benchmarking tool to trace country progress in making Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) accessible for all, including persons with disabilities in compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The results of the Index in its second edition show a survey of 137 reports related to countries that aim to provide global metrics for activists and those interested in the empowerment of the persons with disability, to assess progress they make and determine opportunities in implementing the digital accessibility for the persons with disabilities.

The Index results show the level of the great commitment made by the State of Qatar toward the persons with disabilities and including them digitally. The Index results also demonstrate Qatar's belief in the importance of investing in ICT with the aim of unleashing the potentials of the persons with disabilities and helping them in achieving independence and self-reliance. The State of Qatar has excelled and has ranked first globally and regionally, and on the level of the Peer Economic Development Group Ranking and the Implementation Ranking.     

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) and its Assistive Technology Center Qatar "Mada" have been prioritizing the need to empower the persons with disabilities and the elderly in order to provide them with access to ICT. MOTC has launched the Digital Inclusion Strategy to ensure that all members of community in the State of Qatar, particularly including the persons with disability and the elderly, can access to ICT and benefit from its digital advantages as well as opportunities and horizons provided by ICT.

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