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No. 272 Sustainable accessible goals for persons with disabilities

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1. Primary Contact Information

Ms. Andrea Saks

Organizational Affiliation: Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability

2. Secondary Contact Information

Ms. Francesca Cesa Bianchi

Organizational Affiliation: Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ICT)

3. Workshop Format. Please click here for a description of available Workshop Session Formats.

Other - Open Forum Discussion preceded by brief presentations

4. Panel format background paper

No background paper provided

5. Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

6. Title

Sustainable accessible goals for persons with disabilities

7. Description of workshop

This joint DCAD and G3ict workshop will suggest to develop possible sustainable accessibility goals for persons with disabilities in the use of the Internet.
Though accessibility improvements in many areas have been made since the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) was adopted in 2006, and certain levels of awareness on the importance of accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities are recognized in general, there are still a lot of barriers that persons with disabilities often encounter. Such barriers are created without any intention, but often due to the lack of information on experiences and efforts already made, as well as challenges that occurred in implementing accessibility projects in countries or regions, etc. Unless we share what we have done globally in a recognized international forum like IGF, we can’t achieve the goal of “Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth” in a real global interoperable manner that lets persons with disabilities have functional equivalent access and full participation in life no matter where they live.
The workshop will facilitate to share such up-to-date information, and discuss possible five areas of sustainable accessibility goals. This will include: general status of accessibility; accessibility for SDGs; public procurement of accessible ICTs; relay services; and challenges in small islands. All of those topics will be presented in depth by international accessibility experts, then followed by interactive discussion.

8. Tags

Tag1: Enhancing Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Tag2: Human Rights Online

Tag3: Access and Diversity

9. Name, stakeholder group, and organizational affiliation of workshop proposal co-organizer(s)

Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD) (http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/accessibility/dcad/Pages/default.aspx)
Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) (http://g3ict.com/ )

10. Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report

No. 253 Empowering the next billion by improving accessibility (http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/workshops/list-of-published-workshop-proposals)

11. Description of the plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

The moderator of the workshop will at the beginning take a roll call of all the participants and their affiliations, so that the moderator can call on individuals to comment on subject pertaining to their interest. A list of questions will be prepared in advance to ask both the speakers and the audience so that the discussion will be interactive and inclusive.

12. Proposed Speakers

Saks, Andrea
Cesa Bianchi, Francesca
Okite, Judy
Ellis, Gerry
Astbrink, Gunela

Speakers provisionally confirmed:

Astbrink, Gunela
Ellis, Gerry
Okite, Judy
Saks, Andrea

13. Reasons for Speakers and/or description of how stakeholder views will be represented

All five proposed speakers/descriptions for the workshop have been discussed during DCAD conference calls and agreed by the DCAD members. All speakers are international experts on accessibility for persons with disabilities. Each presentation is designed to address sustainable accessibility goals for persons with disabilities to continue the growth of access to the Internet and ICTs.

14. Name of in-person Moderator(s)

Andrea Saks

15. Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Deirdre Williams

16. Name of Rapporteur(s)

Andrea Saks

17. Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

There will be designated onsite moderator for remote participation. The workshop will use the ITU Guidelines for supporting remote participation in meetings for all (http://www.itu.int/pub/T-TUT-FSTP-2015-ACC). The moderator will have the full list of remote participants and their affiliations. Should there be persons who are blind participating remotely who cannot access directly the remote participation tool, because they are not able to access the 'hand-raising' mechanism with their screen reader, they will be recognized by the Chair during all question & answer sessions so that they are able to make comments directly.

18. Based on which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17

19. Background paper

Background paper

20. Agenda

The workshop will address the following accessibility topics. Each topic will be discussed in a format of open forum, after brief presentation by an expert on that topic.
Time plan:
- Opening remarks/wrap-up: 5 minutes for each
- Each topic presentation & discussion: 15 minutes for each
- General status of accessibility: presentation on “Accessibility in the 21st century” by Judy Okite, Free Software and Open Source Foundation in Africa (FOSSFA)
- Accessibility for SDGs: presentation on “ Internet, Digital Accessibility and SDGs: 2016 Global Scorecard” by Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Vice President, Institutional Relations, G3ict
- Public procurement of accessible ICTs: “ Internet, Digital Accessibility and SDGs: 2016 Global Scorecard” , Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Vice President, Institutional Relations, G3ict
- Relay services: presentation on “Relay Services for Persons with Disabilities using the Internet” by Andrea Saks
- Challenges in small islands: presentation on “The use and non-use of ICTs by persons with disabilities in small island in developing state” by Gunela Astbrink, Director of Internet Australia

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