ITU praises Egypt’s use of ICT for the disabled

Sara Aggour
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An Egyptian delegation attended the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) meetings, held 9 March in Geneva, where it showcased devices fashioned to aid individuals with disabilities and received praise from ITU.

The delegation was headed by the adviser of the Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Community Services Abeer Shakweer and representatives from the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA).

“Money Detector and Color Reader, which are [devices] dedicated to people with disabilities, were showcased,” an official ministerial statement read.

“This is in addition to presenting the e-translator for those with hearing disabilities, which transforms texts into sign language, and finally the lip-reader programme for people with hearing disabilities relying on synthetic intelligence.”

The Egyptian delegation was also invited to present the applications at a number of conferences in different countries during the coming period. According to the ministry, ITU stated that it plans to benefit from such devices.

In September 2012, The Social Services department in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology announced that it is collaborating with the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center to launch the “Tamkeen” competition. The competition aims to help people with disabilities and employ technology to integrate and enable their participation in society.

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