The major objectives of this international conference “From Exclusion to Empowerment: Role of ICT for Persons with Disabilities” are to promote the human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities and to encourage all stakeholders to take concrete measures for the empowerment of persons with disabilities through the use of ICTs.
The conference From Exclusion to Empowerment 2014 will establish clear thematic linkages between the following articles of the UN Convention (UNCRPD):
Article 6 – Women with Disabilities;
Article 9 – Accessibility;
Article 21 – Freedom of Expression and Opinion, Access to Information;
Article 24 – Education;
Article 27 – Work and employment;
Article 32 – International cooperation.
The international conference programme will include more than 100 thematic presentations over 3 tracks organized as plenary and breakout parallel sessions.
Keynote speakers for the plenary and breakout sessions will be selected by UNESCO, the Planning Committee, and partners involved in the organization of the international conference. There will also be smaller, more interactive and participatory breakout sessions made up of practice-oriented presentations. The leaders of the themed track will be asked to provide inputs to the preparation of the Outcome Document.
One of the plenary sessions will be dedicated to the adoption of the Outcome Document of the Conference.
The expected outcomes of the conference, exhibition, and film festival are: