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Workshop Proposals 2009

 

Title: Global Internet access for persons with disabilities(merged) completed

Concise Description:
Access to the Internet is important for all people of all nations so that they can benefit from e-commerce, e-health, e-education and in general e-communications.

The ITU is one of the founder Members of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD). The aim of the DCAD is to facilitate interaction between relevant bodies, and ensure that ICT accessibility is included in the key debates around Internet Governance in order to build a future where all sectors of the global community have equal access to the Information Society. As before, the ITU workshop on Accessibility will highlight the necessity to make the Internet accessible to all, regardless of individual capabilities of different users.

It is especially important now that we have a worldwide economic crisis with the impact of climate change, that we need to eliminate information deprivation, social and economic discrimination and also to take into account the use of critical internet resources. We must recognize and use energy efficient methods of access without sacrificing accessibility for persons with disabilities, and continue to encourage universal design for all.

The workshop is organized as an activity of the Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD). This year the ITU will organize two workshops: one on the «Global Internet access for persons with disabilities» (workshop no. 110), is organized in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union; the second one will be focused on the best practices for web accessibility «Best practices for an Accessible Web» (workshop forum no. 540). Both workshops will highlight the necessity to make the Internet accessible to all, regardless of individual capabilities of different users.

ITU is one of the founder Members of the DCAD. The aim of the DCAD is to facilitate interaction between relevant bodies, and ensure that ICT accessibility is included in the key debates around Internet Governance in order to build a future where all sectors of the global community have equal access to the Information Society.

Organized by ITU and EBU

Programme

Keynote:
Malcolm Johnson, Director, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

Speakers:
 Introduction
 Andrea Saks, DCAD Coordinator: “Introduction: What are the key issues, plan, and purposes of the Session”

 What are the access challenges to meet?
 Arnoud Van Wijk, Real-Time Text Taskforce (R3TF): “Real-Time Text, a major leap forward for accessible internet for people who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing”
 Arun Mehta, Special Kid (SKID): “Challenges for those with mental disabilities”

 Interactive discussion with the audience

 Media content for persons with disabilities
 David Wood, European Broadcasting Union: “Editorial aspects, range of types of content which could help those with disabilities”
 Dipendra Manocha, Daisy Consortium: “Daisy Consortium, Digital Accessible information System for persons with print disabilities and non written languages”

 Interactive discussion with the audience

 Break – 10 minutes

 Session 2:
 The United Nations Convention for Persons with Disabilities
 Cynthia Waddell, International Centre for Disability Resources on the Internet: “What is the UN Convention? How does it impact the Internet”
 Nirmita Narasimhan, Center for Internet and Society: “Accessibility Policy making - An international perspective”

 Interactive discussion with the audience

 Specific Measures
 Fernando Botelho, Literacy Bridge – Mais Diferenças: “Developing countries affordability”
 Gerard Ellis, Feel The BenefIT: “The Economic Imperative of Social Inclusion”

 Interactive discussion with the audience

 Summary: Jonathan Charles, Andrea Saks, David Wood
Moderator
1. Jonathan Charles, BBC World
Information and Documentation

General Information and Registration Related Topics, Study Groups, Organizations
 Venue: Sharm el Sheikh International Congress Center (Maritim), Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
 Date: 16 November 2009
 Time: 09:30 - 12:30
 Room: Room 1 (Sinai)
 Registration: IGF Website
 Workshop flyer
Contact: alexandra.gaspari@itu.int
tsbdcad@itu.int
 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) website event
 ITU Internet Policy and Governance activities
 Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability
 ITU-T and Accessibility




Which of the five broad IGF Themes or the Cross-Cutting Priorities does your workshop fall under?
Diversity


Would you be the Workshop organizer? Yes
If so, who would you approach as co-organizers ? If not, who do you think should organize it?
Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD)

The Workshop is proposed on behalf of:International Telecommunications Union (ITU), European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

Contact Person: Andrea Saks, Alexandra Gaspari, David Wood