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Workshop on ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, Odessa, Ukraine,  1-2 November 2010

 

Background

 

The World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-06) held in Doha, Qatar, established a new Special Global Initiative on “Access to telecommunication services for people with disabilities” through Resolution 56.

Three workshops have since been held in Geneva (September 2007),  Cairo (November 2007) and Lusaka (July 2008) to share experiences and best practices for ICT policies, strategies and services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities. Participants in both events urged ITU-D to continue these events in an effort of creating awareness among its member states and sector members on the need to address the special ICT needs for persons with disabilities. During the same events, ITU-D was requested to support countries in meeting their obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which became effective on May 3, 2008.

 

Objectives

 

 

  • Review and discuss issues and trends in accessible ICT policies, structures and technologies to promote opportunities for persons with disabilities and identify priorities to further accessible ICTs for all.

  • Share experiences on best practices on ICT policies, strategies and actions for promoting awareness, planning and developing accessible ICT solutions to address the special needs for persons with disabilities.

  • Acquire skills in formulating a strategic planning framework for accessible ICTs for an all inclusive information society.

  • Establish contacts and build national capacities for accessible ICTs in line with the WTDC-06, WSIS Geneva Declaration of Principles & Plan of Action and the Tunis Commitment emphasizing on full and effective involvement of persons with disabilities in social and economic activities.

 

Reference Documents

 

 

 

Documents

 
 
   
   

Presentations

 

 

Day 1

08:00−09:00

Registration

09:00−10:00

  • Opening and Welcome

  • Mr. V. Kaptur, Ph. Dr, Professor, Prorector on Scientific Work , Odessa National Academy of Telecommunications (ONAT)

  • Ms. Olga Tsvetkova, Regional Commonwealth in the field of communications (RCC)

  • Mr. Andrei Untila, Programme Officer, ITU Area Office for CIS  Region, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)  

  • Mr. Axel Leblois, Executive Director, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict)

 

10:00−10:30

Session 1: Introduction to the Accessibility Agenda

 Moderator:  Mr. Vadim Kaptur, Ph. Dr, Professor, Prorector on Scientific Work , Odessa National Academy of Telecommunications (ONAT)

 

10:30−11:00

Coffee/Tea

11:00−12:30

Session 2: Role of ICTs in Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Moderator:  Mr. Andrey Untila, Programme Officer, ITU Area Office for CIS  Region, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

 

12:30−13:30

Lunch

13:30−15:00

Session 3: e-Accessibility Legislation and Regulation for Telecommunications, the Internet, Broadcasting and Beyond

 Moderator: Mr. Axel Leblois, Executive Director, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict)  

15:00−15:30

Coffee/Tea

15:30- 17:00

Session 4: Promoting Accessible Websites and Internet Access for Persons with Disabilities

 Moderator:  Ms. Susan Schorr, Head Special Initiatives Division ITU-D 

 

 

 

Day 2

09:00−10:30

Session 5: Accessible ICTs for Education and Job Training

Moderator:  Ms. Alexandra Gaspari, Accessibility Programme Officer,  ITU-T

 

10:30−11:00

Coffee/Tea

11:00−12:30

Session 6: Promoting Accessible Broadcasting for Persons with Disabilities

Moderator:  Mr. Kevin Cullen, Director,  Work Research Centre (WRC), Ireland

 

 

12:30−13:30

Lunch

13:30−15:00

Session 7:  Promoting Accessible Computing Devices for Persons with Disabilities

 Moderator:  Mr. Vadim Kaptur, Ph. Dr, Professor, Prorector on Scientific Work , Odessa National Academy of Telecommunications (ONAT)

 

15:00−15:30

Coffee/Tea

15:30−17:00

Session 8: National, Regional and International Cooperation, and Ways Forwards

 Moderators:  Mr. Axel Leblois, Executive Director, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) and Ms. Susan Schorr, Head Special Initiatives Division ITU-D 

  • Moderated Discussion: Identifying Best Practices,  Axel Leblois and Ms. Susan Schorr

    • How to promote accessibility under current national ICT Policy and Government mandates?

    • What role for the Universal Service fund to promote affordable e-Accessibility for mobile phones and other devices?

    • Identification of need to enlarge accessibility mandate

    • How to raise awareness among other government agencies on the role of public procurement policies

    • How to coordinate e-accessibility policies and programs at national government level

    • Promoting ICT use by Persons with Disabilities through ICT Centres.

 

Closing

·     International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

·     ONAT

·     RCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

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