UN and YOPESO sign partnership to promote accessibility concepts in Moldova
4 December 2015

On the occasion of the International Day of People with Disabilities 2015, the United Nations in Moldova and Yopeso, a software development company, signed a partnership agreement to promote accessibility concepts in Moldova.

The project concerns the creation of a website to promote awareness of accessibility requirements in the physical and digital world. The website, to be launched in early 2016, will present the key factors to be considered when developing a website and when building or renovating a house, to make sure they will be equally accessible to all. These key recommendations were collected during the “user safari” organized by the United Nations office in Moldova and MiLab earlier this year, when a group of users with physical, visual and hearing impairments visited the UN Moldova premises and navigated its website.

The website will be developed by students of CoderDojo Chisinau with the help of YOPESO’s volunteer trainers. CoderDojo is a free IT education initiative for children and youth run in Moldova by YOPESO.

The Association of Blind Persons of Moldova and the Association Motivatia are contributing with their expertise and volunteer testers, who will be available to be contacted on the website.

“The changes bring significant impact when they start from us, those who perceive and operate with the information by means of vocal software, zooming programs and other assistive technologies – said Gheorghe Staver, one of the web accessibility testers. It is therefore vitally important to openly show to all relevant actors in the area of IT in Moldova, how to make a blog or a website more friendly for people with different types of impairment”.

“Disability is part of the human condition”, said Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. “Disabled people could meaningfully contribute to country's development if given the opportunities to do it. Therefore, it is in everybody’s interest to remove all barriers that affect the full participation of people with special abilities in every day’s life. We want to support all the engaged people and organizations of Moldova in bringing down these physical and digital barriers”.

For more information:

Please contact Xenia Siminciuc, phone: +373 684 88 663, e-mail: consultantmoldovasiminciuc@ohchr.org.


Background information:

What is web accessibility

Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. Web accessibility also benefits others, including older people with changing abilities due to aging. https://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/accessibility.php

On CoderDojo Moldova

Coder Dojo is a free coding club for children and youth 8-17 years old (along with their parents) and is covering basic HTML & CSS, JavaScript, game development and web programming.

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