WEBCAST AUG 9 – Realizing the Rights and Improving Accessible and SMART Services for Persons with Disabilities in Hard-To-Reach Areas

isoc.liveOn Wednesday 9th August 2023 at 19:00-20:30 BST (13:00-14:30 UTC) Friendship NGO in collaboration with Aspire to Innovate (a2i), ICT Division of the Government of Bangladesh hosts a webinar ‘ Realizing the Rights and Improving Accessible and SMART Services for Persons with Disabilities in Hard-To-Reach Areas.’ The aim of this international dialogue is to understand the gaps and discuss possible digital solutions to include persons with disabilities living in hard-to-reach areas in the process of making ‘SMART Bangladesh’.

The SMART Bangladesh Vision 2041, led by the Honorable Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, is about bridging the digital divide by innovating and scaling sustainable digital solutions that all citizens, regardless of their socio-economic background, and all businesses, regardless of their size, can benefit from. This Vision will straddle 4 key pillars: Smart Citizen, Smart Government, Smart Economy, and Smart Society.

Md. Mahmudul Hossain Khan, Secretary, Coordination & Reforms Cabinet Division, Government of Bangladesh
Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor, a2i Programme, Government of Bangladesh / UNDP Bangladesh
Runa Khan, Founder, Friendship NGO
Marc Elvinger, Chair, Friendship Luxembourg / Co-Chair, Friendship International
Vashkar Bhattacharjee, National Consultant- Accessibility Disability Innovation Lab (a2i)
Suzana Brown, Associate Professor, Department of Technology and Society, State University of New York
Ann Gummels, Director, Foundation of Children with Autism
Betteke de Gaay Fortman, Director, Friendship Netherlands
Ahmed Toufiqur Rahman, Deputy Director, Friendship NGO
Barrister Ayesha Taasin Khan, Senior Director & Head of Inclusive Citizenship, Friendship NGO

Deepak Raj Sapkota, Executive Director of Karuna Foundation, Nepal / the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The event will have IS interpretation, and will be live simulcast by the Accessibility Special Interest Group of the Internet Society US New York Chapter (A11ySIG).

LIVESTREAM http://livestream.com/internetsociety/bd-digitalinclusion3

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REAL TIME TEXT https://bit.ly/3YwhWoL

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