Accessibility and education | Voices | Saudi Gazette

“We send people to the moon, to space but the majority of children with disabilities still do not go to school and it is the 21st Century.”

These words were from Gopal Mitra, an officer in UNICEF’s inclusive education program. And this was how he started his speech at the Forum hosted by the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments, GAATES, during the 8th Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Conference on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, at the UN Headquarters in New York, on June 8.

The topic was Accessibility and Education: Challenges and Solutions, and the panelists included partnering UN Agencies, NGOs and Country Representatives from Latin America and Asia.

When we talk about accessibility and especially in the area of education, we are talking about a comprehensive approach and not only overcoming physical barriers for children with disabilities who cannot go to school. Those who do go to school often cannot learn because the textbooks are inaccessible. The built environment, as well as information and learning materials, must be accessible to all.

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