For children who are differently abled, lack of access to education, exclusion from the workforce, and other factors related to their marginalization make them much more likely to fall into poverty.
For UNICEF, accessible technologies can make a difference in closing the education gap, create more opportunities for socialization and inclusion, support employment and reduce stigma for children who are differently abled.
UNICEF is investing in education and communication technologies to identify scalable solutions for children who are differently abled and ensure their needs are being met by the accessible technology market affordably and sustainably.
UNICEF’s accessibility portfolio which includes a universal textbook and a set of technologies for communication (augmentative and alternative communication), support children of all abilities to learn through universally designed learning materials, and applications which provide them with the tools to express their ideas, thoughts, and needs.
Are context specific and available in multiple languages (particularly for minority groups)
Are culturally appropriate and represent the environment of the child with familiar images, symbols and concepts
Support children with complex communication needs supplement or replace existing speech, writing or nonverbal communication to express ideas, thoughts, and needs
Provide scaffolding to improve the vocabulary and literacy of children who are differently abled.
Innovation Fund Graduate eKitabu move to final round of Sing On For Literacy prize competition held by eKitabu move to final round of Sign On For Literacy prize competition held by All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD)
Making Technology Work for Everyone: Interview with Disability Activist and Entrepreneur Fred Ouko
GlobalSymbols.com: UNICEF Innovation Fund’s work on open symbol sets for greater communication
Making Digital Learning Accessible For All Children in Kenya: Reflections from UNICEF Kenya on a universal textbook
Accessibility Cohort Gathering: Companies work together to build an accessibility ecosystem.
The Accessibility and Inclusion portfolio supports communication and education technologies for children who are differently abled. This set of investments from Kenya, China, Argentina and India are improving literacy, reducing stigma, and providing a voice for children who are often unheard.