LIRNEasia proposed simple, immediately actionable ways to promote independent living by persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Nepal. The measures were proposed with the release of eight white papers. The release on the occasion of National ICT Day 2019 is the culmination of a two-year joint research project undertaken with the Centre for Law and Technology and the Internet Society of Nepal, and supported by the Ford Foundation.
The issues presented in the white papers are based on a nationally representative AfterAccess survey conducted by LIRNEasia among 15-65-years-old PWDs in Nepal, as well as qualitative research in rural and urban locations in four provinces covering both hill and terrain. Four hundred PWDs from 400 households in 100 wards in all 7 provinces were interviewed between August and October 2018 in partnership with the AfterAccess surveys. The qualitative research was conducted through interviews of 174 PWDs and nine key informants in Provinces No. 1, 2, 3 and 5. This component of the research explored PWDs experiences with and barriers to ICT use. It also examined the extent to which ICTs can improve education, transportation and livelihoods of PWDs.
The Policy briefs (in English and Nepali) can be accessed below:
- Making public transport user friendly for people with disabilities
- Facilitating communication at healthcare centers for persons with hearing or speech disabilities
- Inclusive academic examinations for people with disabilities
- School text books that people with visual disabilities can read
- Increasing awareness about assistive ICTs among persons with disabilities
- Helping those with hearing disability connect with family
- Improving service at police stations for persons with disabilities
- Improving awareness of persons with disabilities about their rights at court premises
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