2 April 2013
2nd Annual ICT Conference for Disabled Launch

MCIT Signs Cooperation Agreement with Ministry of Education on Supporting Centers for the disabled at Public Universities

Events of the second Annual Conference and Exhibition on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for People with Disabilities Kicked off today at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) headquarters in Smart Village.

The event is held over two days under the auspices of the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mr Atef Helmy.

The annual conference has been organized as part of carrying out MCIT’s strategy tracks to spread the culture of ICT, enable and integrate people with disabilities into the society as a priority in the government’s agenda.

Held annually, the conference aims at activating means of enhancing support, empowering and integrating the disabled into society to make use of their high potentials for the welfare of the society.

Attended by the President's Advisor, both the Ministers of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Minister of Education's Advisor to Special Education and the Fayoum Governor, the conference is a reflection of the great interest of the government.

The event was also attended by representatives of more than 14 Arab and foreign states in addition to the Ambassador of the European Union in Egypt and the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Special Advisor for International Disability Rights (SADR) at the US State Department also took part in the event via video-conferencing.

Other international organizations have participated in the event including: the UN, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), International Labour Organization, European Computer Driving License (ECDL) Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service and Rehabilitation International in the MENA region.

The conference participants reviewed the successful regional and international efforts of enabling people with disabilities such as those of Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Center), the ITU's regional office, the National Union of Associations of Parents and Institutions for People with Mental Handicap in Lebanon (UNAPIEI) and projects of  the Alexandria Bibliotheca to empower people with disabilities.

The events of the first session of the conference witnessed the certificate award ceremony of International Computer Driving License (ICDL) for 35 citizens with disabilities, offered by MCIT.  

On the sidelines of the conference, Mr Helmy and the Minister of Higher Education Dr Mostafa Mosaad singed a 3-year cooperation protocol to support the centers for citizens with disabilities in public universities.

The protocol aims to contribute in building up the inclusion and the empowerment processes for the disabled, as well as offering them better services through ICT applications.

The protocol further endeavors to support the 23 rehabilitation centers at public universities, given their significant role in serving the different needs of the disabled whether recipients are from universities or not. The total cost of the protocol is about 2, 750,000 Egyptian pounds. 

Inaugurated by ministers, the exhibition accompanying the conference comprised over 15 specialized Egyptian and foreign companies. They presented state-of-the-art software programs and technological devices to enable and facilitate the different needs of the disabled.

Launched and sponsored by MCIT, the winning projects, announced last March, in Tamkeen Competition for software and mobile applications to empower the disabled were showcased.

The conference agenda encompassed several interactive sessions on latest technologies to enable the disabled, in which senior IT experts took part.

success stories of distinguished disabled people in ICT field and applications were viewed.

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