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TDRA supports implementation of National Digital Accessibility Policy

TDRA supports implementation of National Digital Accessibility Policy
6 May 2024 19:52

ABU DHABI (WAM)

In the context of enhancing the digital knowledge society and economy, the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) emphasised the significance of implementing the principles outlined in the National Digital Accessibility Policy adopted by the cabinet, to facilitate access to diverse digital services for all segments of society, including people of determination and senior citizens.

The National Digital Accessibility Policy is based on several international references and agreements. Its goal is to ensure that people of determination have equal opportunities to access services and information on various entities’ platforms and websites. This entails removing barriers that hinder their ability to benefit from these services and platforms.

This policy aligns with The UAE Government Charter for Future Services to prioritise people when designing services and policies. It emphasises the importance of listening to customers' needs and delivering services that offer exceptional value and a seamless, proactive experience, regardless of individuals' capabilities or social backgrounds.

This policy contributes to enhancing the UAE’s leadership in digital transformation, as well as to the country’s contribution to sustainable development, the humanitarian goals set by the United Nations in this context, and its slogan of “leaving no one behind.”

The policy outlines general principles that digital government service providers must follow to enhance smart services and applications. These principles ensure that smart services and applications must be supported by technologies that enable people of determination to access and benefit from these services just like others.

Eng. Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, TDRA Director-General, highlighted the importance of implementing the directives and standards stipulated in the policy. He said, “TDRA is confident that government entities will spare no effort in putting this policy into effect, in line with the objectives of ‘We the UAE 2031’ vision. This vision emphasises establishing an advanced and integrated social enabling system to unlock all UAE citizens' potential and foster the development of a Forward Ecosystem. By embracing the next generation of advanced digital technologies, we aim to create the world's  smartest, most dynamic, agile government.”

Al Mesmar added, “The National Digital Accessibility Policy is in line with the directives of the wise leadership to enable people of determination as they are a valued group of society, and based on the culture of solidarity that characterises UAE society.”

Eng. Mohammad Al Zarooni, TDRA Deputy Director-General for the Information and Digital Government Sector, said, “TDRA is tasked with ensuring the provision of suitable digital infrastructure to enhance digital accessibility and elevate the quality of digital services provided to citizens and residents. This entails formulating the requisite regulatory framework to achieve the policy’s objectives and ensure efficient execution. Recently, TDRA introduced the UAE Design System 2.0 for government websites, prioritising comprehensive accessibility within this framework. By adhering to the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) guidelines and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, federal government entities in the UAE are guided to achieve compliance with the ‘AA’ level classification.”

Furthermore, TDRA endeavours to enhance Public-Private collaboration, fostering investment in digital infrastructure and the advancing modern technologies. This collaborative effort accelerates digital transformation nationwide and plays a pivotal role in attaining the policy objectives.

In collaboration with federal and local government entities, TDRA is actively engaged in developing programs and initiatives aimed at enhancing digital accessibility and delivering comprehensive and efficient digital government services to cater to all segments of society, including people of determination and senior citizens, ensuring inclusivity and equal access to essential digital services.

Source: WAM
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