In ensuring that People with Disability (PWDs) digital rights are promoted and protected, ZAINA foundation conducted a survey in order to learn the inclusion of the PWDs in the use of internet and access to information in their daily life. The research aimed at analysing the opportunities and challenges that face PWDs in using internet to access information and subsequently provide recommendations to improve PWDs access to information through internet.
On studying the PWDs internet use and access to information, qualitative and quantitative data collection methods were employed. Open handed questionnaire, Focus Group Discussion and reviews were done in collecting the required and targeted data. The research involved twelve participants who were purposively chosen based on different criteria’s like type of disability one has, working experience, education level, age, gender responsibilities and geographical location.
The questionnaire aimed to explore participants’ everyday life and experiences with the use of internet to access information and how it affects them socially, economically or relationships among (PWD) work and the meanings they generate about the phenomenon under study. Number of persons from NGOs, PWDs right groups/organizations and ICT personnel were also interviewed.
Several publications and legal instruments were reviewed to establish the status of PWDs, use of internet and access to information in Tanzania. Some of these publications and instruments include; the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania of 1977 (as amended), the Tanzania National ICT Policies (2003 and 2016); the Access to Information Act, No.6 of 2016; the National Policy on Disability, 2004; the Persons with Disability Act Na. 9 of 2010; and the ICT Policy for Basic Education, 2007.
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