Cercle dans lequel il y a la carte du Cameroun (pour indiquer la dimension nationale du projet) et une personne aux yeux bandés (symbole de la déficience visuelle) assise devant un ordinateur portable. Tout autour du cercle on a l’abréviation ANAUMIC en grands caractères, suivie de sa définition en petits caractères.
Topics to be presented at the first National Symposium onaccessible ICT for the blind in Cameroon
Organized by the Cameroon National Association of Computer Users with Visual Impairments (CNACUVI) And known by its French acronym as (ANAUMIC)
In Yaounde at Djeuga Palace Hotel, on August 31 and September 1, 2016
a) Opening and Closing of the Symposium
b) Inaugural lecture: The world’s position and impact of ICTs on the lives of persons with visual impairments
c) Panel Presentation: Government policies relating to the misuse of ICTs in Cameroon and the visually impaired approach
2. MINAS: Actions to empower the visually impaired with the use of ICTs
3. MINESEC: Implementing the teaching of ICTs in the educational system of Cameroon With the prospects of inclusive education
4. MINAC: Government policies relating to the promotion of digital books among the blinds of Cameroon
5. MINEFOP: Government policies for the inclusion of the visually impaired in the area of employment and vocational training
6. MINESUP: Government policies relating to the use of ICTs in Cameroon and the visually impaired approach
7. PROMHANDICAM-Association: Experiences in training the blind with the use of Adaptive computer skills
8. ANAUMIC (CNACUVI): Circumstances wherein the visually impaired make effective use of ICTs in Cameroon
9. DAMIC: Facilitating The employment of the blind with the use of ICTs
10. PLATFORM inclusive society for persons with disabilities : The absence of ICTs as barriers of social inclusion to the visually impaired.
I. Background and justification of the Symposium:
On the 3rd of December 2014 in favor of the 23rd edition of the International Day of Persons with disabilities, the United Nations (UN) through the theme:
“Sustainable development: keeping the promise of technology ", challenged the international community on the benefits of ICTs among Persons with Disabilities. This is the creation of awareness on how adaptive ICTs greatly enhance the access to knowledge for persons with visual impairments.
At the World’s telecommunication development Conference in Istanbul Turkey, 2002, the Member States decided by Resolution 20 on the need to ensure the non-discriminatory access to technology, resources and modern services. It is the same for the United Nations Convention Relating to the rights of the disabled adopted on 13 December 2006, including Articles 9 on accessible technologies, 19 on the autonomy and inclusion in society, 20 on the staff mobility through assistive technology, and 20 on the right to education by technological developments.
In Cameroon, prejudices persist and are quite rife about the independence of the blind in the potential use of ICTs, computers and other Data Processing Terminal equipment. The Ministry of Social Affairs had already seen the need for this integration of ICTs in the disability component approach, through its support for the creation in 2005 of an adaptive information training center for the people with Visual impairments in Yaoundé. Structures an associations as PROMHANDICAM an ANAUMIC, are in the same logic. To this effect, the technical ministry in charge of these issues, namely the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications is soon to take over.
Law No. / ° 002/2010 of 13 April 2010 on the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities, in Article 16, it notes the relevance of the use of adaptive technologies to empower people living with disabilities.
But above all, there is a systematic lack of the propagation of existing tools or audio description of the media, to enable the blind has access in using it.
In this context, CNACUVI wished to seize the return of international and national commitments relating to the need of keeping the promises of technology, to break the prejudices that surround the accessibility of this new technology and provide the visually impaired with a level playing-ground so that the entire nation should be located within the efforts made by our country. There is no need to note that the generalization of digital technology in our society and the democratization of access to adapted ICTs in view of smart cities prove a chance of accelerating social inclusion of the blind in particular. Therefore, the promotion and exposure of this adaptive technology becomes compelling.
In actual fact, this nationwide view comes more than ever before to Cameroonians with visual impairments who are at the center of development concerns in the country under the prism of ICTs. This is because blindness cannot be an obstacle to the participation of this social class of persons consisting of visual impairments in the emergence of Cameroon by 2035.
The holding of this Symposium will offer the opportunity to persons with visual impairments expected for the specific structures working in their management, schools and inclusive education as well as policymakers, that moment of actual awareness of the many challenges of ICT that have become accessible within the context of Gilbert MONTAGNE’s emergency: that access to spoken information.
This is the rationale of this proposed organization of the first national symposium on accessible ICTs for the blind, which shall be participatory and inclusive; reflecting on the mechanisms of their ownership.
II. The objectives of the project:
II.1. Main objective
Generally, this project is aimed at opening the reflection on the experience and exerting the opportunity of the ownership of accessible ICTs for persons with visual impairments.
II.2. Specific objectives
- Develop an inventory of accessible ICTs for the visually impaired in Cameroon.
- Identify the relevant government mechanisms for digital inclusion that are accessible to the visually impaired.
- Identify the difficulties related to the development of accessible ICTs in support structures for the visually impaired.
- Drilling the participants on the possibility of employment opportunities for the visually impaired with the use of accessible ICTs.
III. Expected results:
After holding this Symposium, the following results will be obvious:
- Participants will be drilled on the current situation of accessible ICTs available for the visually impaired in Cameroon.
- The identification of the relevant government mechanisms for digital inclusion will be rendered accessible and passed on to the visually impaired.
- Difficulties relating to the development of accessible ICTs in the structures accommodating the visually impaired will be identified.
- Participants will be built on the possibilities of employment opportunities for the visually impaired with the use of Accessible ICTs.
IV. Target population for the symposium:
Stakeholders in this Symposium will essentially consist of:
1. Ten Blind (pupils / students…) from the ten regions of Cameroon;
2. Eleven representatives of ministries and institutes (MINAS, MINPOSTEL, MINEBASE, MINESEC, MINESUP, MINEFOP, MINPROF, MINAC, MINRESI, IAI, CNRPH);
3. Five representatives of locally elected officials (Far North, East, Littoral, West, South, Central);
4. Five officials (PROMHANDICAM-Association, CJARC, CREFISAC, Centre for the blind Maroua…);
5. And five guides / escorts.
V. Date and place
Accordant to the attached program, the Symposium shall cover two days that is August 31 and September 1, 2016, at the premises of the Djeuga Palace Hotel in Yaoundé.
VI. The manner of presentation of activities at the symposium
Essentially, the Symposium shall revolve around presentations which shall be followed by discussions and final recommendations. This will provide:
1. Presentations (two panel of three speakers each);
2. Debate (contributions / enhancements);
3. Work in the workshop and plenary refunds;
4. Finally the drafting and adoption of recommendations to be forwarded to the authorities.
* With collaboration of : GAPPH and DAMIC.