As RD discussed with Tim Unwin in her previous post, UNESCO awards one person and one organization for their inclusive ICT work every second year with a prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. While awaiting the publication of the nominees of the 2018 awards, this last post of our blog will present the 2016 winners of the prize and reflect on the significance of their work.
The UNESCO prize is awarded for “outstanding contributions in promoting the inclusion and enhancing the lives of persons with disabilities through the application of digital solutions, resources and technologies”. It is handed out at the yearly UNESCO International Day of People with Disabilities ceremony. In 2016, nineteen countries submitted individual nominations and 23 countries presented nominations in the organizational category. The prize was finally attributed to Professor Alireza Darvishy from Switzerland and Tiflonexos Asociación Civil from Argentina. A sum of $40,000 was distributed equally between the winners.
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In this post I am going to talk a bit more about what exactly this prize is, before sharing some insights from Tim Unwin who graciously agreed to speaking with me on the topic.
What is the Prize?
The UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities is one of twenty three UNESCO prizes, and the only one to focus on persons with disabilities. The prize of $40,000 USD is divided equally between an individual person and an organization.
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The nominees are in for the UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and we are looking forward to hearing all about them! Stay tuned for more posts, where we will talk about this event, past – present – and future.
Also keep an eye out this weekend for a special post, where we interview a surprise special guest. The only hint to who it is we will reveal today is that this person played a key role in devising the process for this award.
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