The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability recently sought submissions to its Promoting Inclusion issues paper. The aim of the issues paper was to gather information about what makes an inclusive society and what steps can be taken to promote a more inclusive society.

In ACCAN’s submission to this issues paper we explained that available, affordable and accessible digital communications technologies can facilitate a more inclusive and accessible society. We outlined the work we have undertaken in relation to the Ideal Accessible Communications Roadmap, and identified communications-related actions that could contribute to a more inclusive society.

ACCAN made a number of recommendations in our submission, including that:

  • Accessible and affordable communications technologies must be recognised as a precondition for a truly inclusive society.

  • A National Digital Inclusion Roadmap must be developed to guide government, non-government and private sector action on digital inclusion.

  • ACCAN’s Ideal Accessible Communications Roadmap must be fully incorporated into the National Disability Strategy 2020-2030 to recognise digital communications technologies and services as enablers of human rights and an inclusive society.

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