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Disabled persons enabled non-discriminatory use of and better access to public telephone services

At today’s session, the Government approved the Decree on Measures for DisabledEnd-users which stipulates the measures benefiting disabled persons which have to be provided by the providers of universal services to enable non-discriminatory use of and access to public telephone services, including emergency calls, directories and directory enquiry services.


The changes to the current Decree are necessary due to the provisions of the Act Amending the Electronic Communications Act, which has been harmonised with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The amended draft Decree also stipulates other new or amended measurer for disabled end users, following the goals of the Action Plan for People with Disabilities 2007-2013. 


Signatories to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are bound by Article 9 to enable disabled persons an independent life and full participation in all aspects of life, and to take appropriate measures ensuring that they have equal access to information technologies and systems. The convention also stipulates spoken and sign languages and other forms of non-verbal languages.


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