The rights of persons with disabilities are underpinned by the principles of equality and non-discrimination, and safeguarded by the concept of accessibility of public services, labour markets and the built environment. Accessibility intends to eliminate barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from participating in society on an equal basis. Accessibility can be delivered through a variety of State interventions, including contractual relations for access to facilities and services to the public, and access for persons with disabilities to new information and communications technologies and systems. Public procurement is regarded as the conduit of accessibility, with the implementation of minimum standards for works, services and supplies that are destined for the delivery of public services. However, accessibility standards in public procurement are not universal and thus do not provide for optimal implementation of public procurement rules to protect the rights of persons with disabilities.
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