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Workshop Number: 182

Title: “Can mobile ‘Apps’ create a new golden age of Accessibility?”

Concise Description:
A workshop proposed by the WBU/EBU with the support of the DCAD, and UNESCO.
What do those with disabilities want or need from 'applications' on 'Internet Enabled Devices'? They will be a critical part of mobile Internet. Apps hold tremendous promise to help those with disabilities to connect and participate. Today applications such as voice control and others are available giving a new meaning to accessibility. Is this the beginning of a new age of accessibility?

The future may belong to 'Internet enabled devices', which will include smart phones and net-books. We move to a new world where a tsunami of executable applications, downloaded from the Internet, helps us, amuses it, and monitors us. The session will examine Apps and what those with disabilities want and need from IADs.
The workshop will begin with an examination of the possibilities today for Accessibility Apps by the major players. It will then turn to an analysis of the role key bodies can play in helping to make the golden age a reality. Finally, the workshop will draw conclusions and guidelines for the future for the Plenary Sessions.
Will this be a ‘need’ transformed into an ‘affordable reality’ for the community?

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

Have you organized an IGF workshop before? Yes
If so, please provide the link to the report:

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite:
Moderators: Jonathan Charles BBC/EBU (sa) and David Wood EBU
Part 1: What is the situation today ‘on the ground’?
Panellist from Industry
Emily Taylor, Oxil, The BBC Accessibility Toolkit (
Maria Hall, Enterprise Ministry, Sweden (
Part 2: What does the Community think?
1.What has the World Wide Web Consortium done so far for handhelds?
Shadi Abou-Zahra W3C (

2.What can be the Role of the Real Time Text Task Force?
Arnoud van Wijk R3TF (

3.What has been done, and what needs to be done in standards and guidelines?
Arun Mehta []

Part 3: Interactive Session and Summary


Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups:
David Wood - European Broadcasting Union
Moderators: Jonathan Charles BBC/EBU (sa) and David Wood EBU

Organization:European Broadcasting Union

Contact Person: David Wood