Sustainable accessible goals for persons with disabilities

07 December 2016 - A Workshop on Guadalajara,Mexico


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.

Speakers provisionally confirmed:

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