Uganda regulator conducts a study to support access and usage of ICTs by People with Disabilities
The Uganda Communication Commision, the regulator, is undertaking a comprehensive study to inform critical interventions related to promoting access and usage of ICTs by People With Disabilities or PWDs.
Studies show that the uptake of ICTs by PWDs in Uganda is still low due to access and affordability, and, the absence of knowledge on ICT needs of PWDs. The study which relies on the sampling frame provided by National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda, (NUDIPU) is limited to physical and sensory impairments (visual and hearing) due to budgetary constraints.
Speaking at the launch of the study, the Director Corporate Services-UCC reiterated position to continuously promote research into the development and use of new communications techniques and technologies, including those which promote accessibility by persons with disability.
Findings from this study will inform the development of an appropriate regulatory framework that encourages the development of innovative solutions to cater uptake of communications services by all categories of consumers.
UCC hopes to provide evidence-based recommendations and appropriate actions for all stakeholders to implement and promote access to and usage of ICT services by PWDs.
The study will also empower UCC in implementing its advisory function to the Government of Uganda and key stakeholders on mechanisms of addressing barriers to access and usage of inclusive communications services including assistive technologies.