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Policy Brief: Moving towards equal access to technology for persons with disabilities in the Caribbean

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Policy Brief: Moving towards equal access to technology for persons with disabilities in the Caribbean

Autor institucional: NU. CEPAL. Sede Subregional para el Caribe Physical Description: 12 p. Editorial: ECLAC, Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean Date: October 2019 ECLAC symbol: LC/CAR/2019/12

Description

In the Caribbean, there are approximately 1.3 million persons with a disability of some kind and some 250,000 persons with a significant disability. These numbers are projected to increase dramatically in the coming decades as the population of the subregion ages and given the global increase in chronic health conditions.

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) face a range of physical, social, attitudinal and institutional barriers that prevent their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. As a result, they experience less favorable outcomes in health, education, employment, housing and overall wellbeing. Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) can break down many of the barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from participating actively in society and enjoying their rights.