With the advent of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) many new opportunities for citizens and consumers have opened up. It is imperative that people with disabilities are entitled equal access to education and employment, equal rights to parenthood, property ownership, political rights, and legal representation. People with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments, which, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. Computers, adaptive technology and the internet can help disabled people take advantage of education and employment opportunities leading to sustainable long term empowerment opportunities. In fact, ICT offer capacity building and combating poverty among the disabled in their communities, offering individuals the ability to access knowledge by adapting digital media, and to enhance their social and economic integration in communities. ICTs means new 'digital opportunities', 'new job opportunities', and of course 'new hope'. The information society has the potential to contribute more in the form of knowledge resources. The resources must be developed to meet the requirements of all disabled people by overcoming the traditional barriers to mobility and geographic distance.
|Place of Publication||Portugal|
|Publisher||UTAD - Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro|
|Number of pages||198|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2010|