Smart Cities, inclusivity and accessibility: new toolkits from the “Smart Cities for All” initiative
The new toolkit aims to help cities implement smart city programmes that benefit all citizens, including people with disabilities and older persons. It is part of the Smart Cities for All initiative, launched by G3ict and World Enabled, to define and improve the state of ICT accessibility in Smart Cities worldwide. Their focus is to eliminate the digital divide for persons with disabilities and older persons in Smart Cities around the world. They partner with leading organizations and companies to create and deploy the tools and strategies needed to build more inclusive Smart Cities.
A survey of more than 250 experts worldwide, conducted as part of the toolkit, found that 60 percent of them feel that smart cities are failing persons with disabilities and older persons. Only 18 percent of the experts were aware of a smart city that is using ICT accessibility technical standards.
Major findings from the initiative are featured below:
Access the Smart Cities for All initiative here.
Access the initiative’s toolkits here.