Equal access for the disabled
Telecommunication has become such an integral part of our lives now
that we cannot even imagine how we could have survived in the past
without those telephones and mobiles. Keeping in touch and communicating
with each other is a much-felt need for all human beings. Everyone
including the disabled or differently-abled persons in society need
access to telecommunications.
This is why the 2008 World Telecommunication and Information Society
Day, which is commemorated on May 17, has chosen as its theme
‘Connecting persons with disabilities’ so that telecom-related services
and equipment would be made available to everyone in society even if
they are among the differently abled.
This special day, World Telecommunications Day, as it used to be
known, was organised by the International Telecommunication Union to
provide people with special needs the right to information and to
encourage them to participate equally in all activities, to enhance
public awareness about the benefits of communication, making information
and communication more accessible to people residing in under-developed
countries and increasing the global reach of technology across all
nations and socio-economic strata (layers).