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By Debra Ruh, SSB BART Group, Chief Marketing Officer

The Information Technology Authority (ITASultanate of Oman invited me to visit Muscat, Oman last week to help them draft an eAccessibility Policy.  It was an amazing experience and I was quite surprised in the eagerness to not only comply, but to raise the bar in eAccessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities (PwD) and senior citizens.

I met with many of the stakeholders including Social Services, Telecommunications, Banking, Health, Media, Education (Primary, Secondary, Higher Education and Vocational Training) and other IT stakeholders.  It was refreshing to dialog with these groups and hear the steps that were proactively being taken to include PwD and seniors in society.  Typically these meetings are a lot more stressful and there are significant bumps along the way.

They have a lot of work to do but have the opportunity to learn from other countries and set the bar high for their own country.  Is there a lesson in cooperation for the world to learn as we watch The Government of the Sultanate of Oman adopt eAccessibility and other policies that include PwD and senior citizens in every aspect of society?  It will be an interesting case study to watch them create a policy, implement the policy and then manage the process moving forward.  I predict they will have more success than the countries that went into this process without including and getting all stakeholders buy-in.

Oman has agreed to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  To follow their progress please visit: www.G3ict.org.

SSB BART Group wishes The Government of the Sultanate of Oman great success as it adopts and implements eAccessibility.