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A survey conducted in late 2011 shows that ICT adoption among persons with disabilities has improved markedly in the past three years. 3.3 The Office of the Chief Government Information Officer (OGCIO) of the of HKSAR Government launched a Web Accessibility Campaign (Campaign) in October 2011 to promote the adoption of web accessibility design in the public and private sectors in order to facilitate access to online information and services for all segments of the community including persons with disabilities. We have compiled a management handbook on key web accessibility principles and practices for corporate executives and managers, developed a portal (www.webforall.gov.hk) to 42
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share know-how and best practices, and organised a series of seminars and workshops for some 150 organisations of non-government sector to raise their awareness, and encourage adoption of web accessibility in their websites. Government websites are also required to conform to Level AA of the latest version (Version 2.0) of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines promulgated by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) by early 2013 within all practicable means. This makes the HKSAR Government one of the earliest to implement this latest standard for government websites. 3.4 In 2010-11, OGCIO also allocated HK$3.6 million to support the development of ICT-based assistive tools and applications for persons with disabilities. Products of the nine selected projects range from tailor- made input software or devices, intelligent home system, software tool for mobility support, to rehabilitation tools, catering for persons with different kinds of disabilities including visual impairment and difficulties in body movement. The products are available for free download, distribution to needy groups or further development with a proven concept, as the case may be. 3.5 The Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF), administered by the Innovation and Technology Commission of HKSAR Government, provides funding support for projects that contribute to innovation and technology upgrading. As of end-April 2012, about HK$18.5 million of ITF funding has been allocated to support research and development projects relating to persons with disabilities. Examples are electronic communication device for persons with hearing impairment, and smartphone control device and signpost system for persons with visual impairment. 3.6 Furthermore, to cater for the need of persons with hearing impairment, the two domestic free television programme service licensees in Hong Kong are required by their licence conditions to provide subtitling service on analogue and simulcast digital channels, both English and Chinese, for all news, current affairs, weather programmes and emergency announcements. The two domestic free television licensees are required to provide Chinese subtitles in all programmes on the Chinese analogue channels between 7:00pm and 11:00pm. As for their English analogue channels, at least two-hour English programmes on a weekly basis with educational value targeting teenagers must carry English subtitles.
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