The Global ICT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities (GITC) is a capacity-building project that helps youth with disabilities to overcome their limitations and challenge themselves for a better future by providing them with access to ICT and related experiences, improving their ability to leverage information and social participation while setting ICT agendas for participant countries related to disabilities and boosting international cooperation and exchange.

1. Alleviate the digital divide and expand participation in society by the youth with disabilities from the Asia-Pacific Region
2. Implementation for the Incheon Strategy(Goal 3), Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities(Article 21) and SDGs(Goal 4, 9,17) as a leading nation for the implementation of the third Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons(2013~2022)


IT Affects the Lives of Persons with Disabilities and their Countries.
There are about one billion persons with disabilities in the world, or 15% of the global population, and of these more than 80% live in developing countries with low ICT Development Indexes.
Owing to the severe information divide, persons with disabilities are being excluded from society, suffering inequality and poverty.
Weak awareness of persons with disabilities and prejudice fueling the information divide breeds a vicious circle socially among the young generation of society.


Global ICT development index

Global ICT development index

→Collaborative efforts for the settlement of ICT divide
The effort of the international society
Enactment of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and proclamation of the SDGs.
Proclamation of the Incheon Strategy for the third Asian and Pacific Decades of Disabled Persons (2013-2022).
· ASEAN+3 (ASEAN countries, South Korea, China, and Japan) had discussions on five topics including development of the ASEAN information infrastructure, adjustment of ICT policy, development of human resources, and promotion of investment in ICT to resolve information disparities in 2004.


The efforts of the government of South Korea
The third Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities and the Incheon Strategy were adopted in November 2012, led by the Korean government. ICT accessibility was selected one of the ten key objectives.

Global ICT Partnerships
Korean Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities has been proceeding the comprehensive projects for the support of information accessibility including the establishment of an educational center for the capacity building of the persons with disabilities in developing countries, and e-Learning education, as well as holding Global IT Challenge events in cooperation with the government, International Organizations, Corporations as well as NGOs such as the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea Communications Commission, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), UN ESCAP, Rehabilitation International, LG Uplus, and NAVER


Project Process

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