The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) says persons with disabilities are an integral part of the country’s socio-economic development and must not be marginalised by lack of access to Information and Communications Technology.
ZICTA Board Chairperson Emmanuel Musonda said the ICT industry and government need to be aware that persons with disabilities have a right to participate in the country’s technological advancements.
He said this in a speech read for him by ZICTA Board Member Vestus Chungu during the official opening of the E-accessibility workshop for persons with disabilities in Lusaka today.
Mr Musonda said ZICTA remains committed to ensuring that communications technology is accessible by all persons with disabilities through donation of information technology equipment and supporting organisations and associations for disabled people.
Mr Musonda disclosed that the Communications Authority will equip schools and public access centres such as Zampost offices across the country with assertive devices such as Braille printers to extend ICT services to persons with disabilities.
Speaking earlier, ZICTA Director of Support Services Mofya Chisala said ZICTA has placed access to ICT by all Zambians on its priority list.
Mr Chisala stated that the authority will work round the clock to address challenges hindering access to ICT services to marginalised and vulnerable groups in society.