China to improve government websites for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, March 8 2016

China is looking to improve its government websites to meet the demands of persons with disabilities, a circular issued jointly by China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) and the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs said on Monday.

Image of a computer keyboard, and the enter key has been replaced by a red button with the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair logo) and the word Accessibility .According to the circular, improvements of official websites will be completed by the end of 2020 allowing  persons with disabilities in China to access the websites and online services.

The circular also featured a guideline for modification of the websites, which calls for better support technologies for public services and gradual improvement.

The goal is to make it more convenient for the disabled to receive government information and enjoy public services, according to an official at the CDPF.

The improvements will also help protect persons with disabilities right to employment and access to government feedback, contributing to better lives, the official added.

China has been furthering the status of disabled people over the past few years, with 40,486 persons with disabilities in China admitted to universities during 2011 and 2015, thanks to government subsidies.

Source: Crienglish

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