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Driving the Digital Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities: Policy considerations for low- and middle-income countries

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Thursday 5 May 2022 | Assistive Tech | Connected Society | Digital inclusion for persons with disability | English | Report |

Drawing on insights from recent research on the mobile disability gap and a policy review in 28 countries across Africa and Asia, this report provides a framework for action to increase digital inclusion for persons with disabilities.

Closing the Mobile Disability Gap in Ghana: Insights and Recommendations

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Tuesday 12 Apr 2022 | Assistive Tech | Connected Society | Digital inclusion for persons with disability | English | Ghana | Mobile access and use | Report | Sub-Saharan Africa |

In Ghana, persons with disabilities are 34 per cent less likely to own a mobile phone and significantly less likely to own a smartphone than non-disabled persons. In this short report we present six key findings on the mobile ...

MWC Barcelona 2022 Session: ‘Reaching Underserved Population Segments’

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Thursday 10 Mar 2022 | Assistive Tech | Connected Society | English | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | Presentation | Video |

At some stage in the innovation journey, customer acquisition curves start to flatten and growth strategies shift to focus on creating value for unreached customer segments. A one-size-fits-all strategy no longer resonates with ...

Closing the Mobile Disability Gap in Sri Lanka: Insights and Recommendations

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Tuesday 15 Feb 2022 | Assistive Tech | Connected Society | Digital inclusion for persons with disability | English | Mobile access and use | Report | Research | South Asia | Sri Lanka |

Access to mobile can be life changing for persons with disabilities. Mobile phones, particularly smartphones, can cluster multiple assistive technologies into one device, enabling more autonomous living. But many persons with ...

The Mobile Disability Gap Report 2021

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Friday 3 Dec 2021 | Assistive Tech | Connected Society | Digital inclusion for persons with disability | English | Global | Mobile access and use | Report | Research |

Mobile devices and services offer life-changing benefits to persons with disabilities, enabling more independent living. However, GSMA research shows that despite this potential, many persons with disabilities remain unconnected and ...

Inclusive Digital Agriculture: Making value chains work for farmers with disabilities

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Tuesday 27 Apr 2021 | AgriTech | AgriTech solutions | Assistive Tech | Digital inclusion for persons with disability | Digitisation of agricultural value chains | English | Financial inclusion for farmers | Global | Mobile for Development | Report | Resource |

For the first time, this report provides evidence of the barriers facing farmers with disabilities in the agricultural value chain in LMICs and the opportunities to support disability inclusion in agriculture through digital tools.

The Mobile Disability Gap Report 2020

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Tuesday 1 Dec 2020 | Assistive Tech | Bangladesh | Brazil | India | Kenya | Mexico | Nigeria | Pakistan | Report | Research | Uganda |

More than five billion people globally are mobile subscribers. As we move towards a more digital society, it is critical that digital technologies are inclusive of everyone, including persons with disabilities. However, research ...

Opening the Doors to Digital Innovation and Inclusion for People with Disabilities

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | Assistive Tech | East Asia and Pacific | Presentation | Resource | Thrive APAC Sessions | Video |

The current COVID19 pandemic response has disrupted and changed the ways in which societies operate. Yet people with disabilities, who may be particularly vulnerable in such disruptive times, are likely to be further isolated due to the inaccessibility ...

Breaking Down the Barriers for People with Disabilities through Innovation in Africa

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Wednesday 30 Sep 2020 | Assistive Tech | Presentation | Resource | Thrive Africa Side Sessions | Video |

During this interactive session, hosted by GSMA’s Assistive Tech team, we shared insights on the mobile disability gap, including findings from our gender and disability research, and lessons learnt from the innovation landscape.

Vodafone Ghana: Driving digital inclusion of people with disabilities

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Thursday 8 Oct 2020 | Assistive Tech | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

Naa Andrews from Vodafone Ghana discusses promoting digital inclusion for all and their Super Care product for people with hearing and speech impairments.

The future of mobility for the visually impaired

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Thursday 8 Oct 2020 | Assistive Tech | Resource | Thrive Africa Shorts | Video |

Brian Mwenda from HopeTech+ discusses alternatives to the white cane and improving mobility for the visually impaired through Sixth Sense; a hand-held assistive tech device that aids walking and enables freedom and independence.

Opportunities for digital assistive technology innovations in Africa and Asia

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Monday 27 Jul 2020 | Assistive Tech | Innovation fund and grants | Middle East and North Africa | Report | Research | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa |

Digital assistive technologies (ATs), particularly mobile-based ATs, have the potential to be a valuable and cost-effective tool for persons with disabilities. To realise this opportunity there is a need for locally relevant digital ...

The digital lives of refugees and Kenyans with disabilities in Nairobi

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Monday 27 Jul 2020 | Assistive Tech | English | Kenya | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Refugee crisis | Report | Research | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This research focuses on disability, using human-centred design methods to better understand how refugees and Kenyans with visual and hearing impairments in Nairobi use mobile technology and potential opportunities that it could provide.

The Digital Exclusion of Women with Disabilities: A Study of Seven Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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Thursday 16 Jul 2020 | Assistive Tech | Bangladesh | Brazil | Connected Women | Gender | India | Kenya | Mexico | Mobile access and use | Pakistan | Report | Research | Uganda |

Edit: This version of the report was revised and uploaded on 20 August 2020. Figure 2 has been corrected in the new version. The GSMA Assistive Tech programme continues to research the mobile disability gap, and the ...

Advancing digital inclusion for persons with disabilities – about the Assistive Tech programme

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Tuesday 31 Mar 2020 | Assistive Tech | Global | Mobile access and use |

The GSMA Assistive Tech programme is working towards driving greater access and use of mobile technologies for persons with disabilities in emerging markets and to maximise opportunities for social and economic inclusion.

Improving the mobile customer journey for persons with disabilities

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Monday 9 Mar 2020 | Assistive Tech | Global | Mobile access and use | Video |

As users of mobile products and services, persons with disabilities experience their mobile phone in different ways to non-disabled users. To ideate solutions that can help close the mobile disability gap and support usage, customer ...

Mobile for Development brochure 2020

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Wednesday 4 Mar 2020 | AgriTech | Assistive Tech | Connected Society | Connected Women | Digital Identity | Digital Utilities | Ecosystem Accelerator | Global | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Mobile Money | Resource |

GSMA Mobile for Development has recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Ten years in which we have grown from a simple but powerful idea to a global team of 130 and a portfolio of projects that have now impacted ...

How does mobile empower me? Joseph’s story

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Friday 20 Dec 2019 | Assistive Tech | Kenya | Life stories | Mobile access and use | Video |

This is Joseph. Watch his story to learn how mobile empowers him to live a more independent and easier life - Joseph feels his life would be darker without his mobile.

How does mobile empower me? John’s story

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Wednesday 11 Dec 2019 | Assistive Tech | Kenya | Life stories | Mobile access and use | Resource | Video |

This is John. Watch his story to learn how mobile enables him to live a more independent life by more easily allowing him access to educational and financial services.

How does mobile empower me? Angie’s story

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Tuesday 3 Dec 2019 | Assistive Tech | Kenya | Life stories | Video |

This is Angie. Watch her story to learn how mobile enables her to live a more independent life and be an advocate for people with albinism.

Understanding the mobile disability gap

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Tuesday 3 Dec 2019 | Assistive Tech | Bangladesh | Kenya | Mobile access and use | Report | Research | Resource |

This report presents an evaluation of the gap and barriers to mobile phone ownership experienced by persons with disabilities, as well as the usage patterns of four main mobile-enabled services and the role of mobile to enable access to basic services.

How mobile operators are driving inclusion of persons with disabilities

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Tuesday 3 Dec 2019 | Assistive Tech | Case study | Global | Mobile access and use | Resource |

This case study aims to highlight how mobile operators are closing the mobile disability gap and also driving inclusion. The report spotlights two mobile operators that are championing disability inclusion - Safaricom and Turkcell.

How does mobile empower me? Sumona’s story

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Friday 29 Nov 2019 | Assistive Tech | Bangladesh | Life stories | Video |

This is Sumona. Watch her story to learn how mobile enables her to live a more independent and productive life.

Bridging the mobile disability gap in refugee settings

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Wednesday 25 Sep 2019 | Assistive Tech | Case study | Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation | Rwanda | Sub-Saharan Africa | Uganda |

Despite facing multiple exclusions there are green shoots demonstrating how digital technology can support persons with disabilities during crises. The aim of this case study is to highlight refugees with disabilities’ access to ...

Leveraging the Potential of Mobile for Persons with Disabilities

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Wednesday 5 Dec 2018 | Assistive Tech | English | Global | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | Resource |

The GSMA is pleased to announce its involvement in the “AT 2030 – Life Changing Assistive Technology for All programme”, funded by DFID, to test new approaches and widen accessibility of Assistive Technology; the GSMA ...