First-Ever ICT Accessibility Standard For Persons With Disabilities launched in Kenya

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Kenya Bureau of Standards, in collaboration with inAble, has launched the National ICT Accessibility Standard.

It was unveiled on October 26 during a stakeholders meeting in Naivasha, northwest of Nairobi.

According to Zachariah Lukorito, Chief Manager in Charge of Standards at KEBS, the standard would promote digital inclusion by making public and private sector digital products and services such as websites and mobile applications more accessible.

"Digital standards are crucial in guaranteeing that accessibility issues across a wide range of disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, linguistic, learning, and neurological disorders," Lukorito added.

On her part, inAble's Executive Director Irene Mbari – Kirika said the development of an accessibility standard comes at a critical juncture, as Covid 19 showed a significant digital gap and the necessity for accessible digital platforms.

"It is critical for policymakers, regulators, business owners, and procurement teams to understand that when websites and mobile applications are made accessible to PWDs, they are made accessible to all people, and this inclusion creates a level-playing field for all, allowing for privacy and leading to full independence and freedom of PWDs,” she said.

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