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ITU Regional Workshop on ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities for Africa Region

Lusaka, Zambia, 15-16 July, 2008
 
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.

Two workshops have since been held in Geneva (September 2007) and Cairo (November 2007) 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.

 

Documents  

 

 
Information Documents  

 

Presentations  

 

DAY ONE

8:00 – 9:00

Registration

9:00 – 10:00

Opening Ceremony:

Remarks by Mrs Susan MULIKITA, Director Economic Regulation, CAZ

Remarks by Ms Asenath Mpatwa, Head special initiatives, ITU-D

Opening Speech by Hon. Dora Siliya (MP), Minister of Communications & Transport, Zambia

Keynote Speech by Ms Andrea Saks, Convener, JCA on Accessibility & Human Factors (on behalf of Mr. Malcom Johnson, Director of ITU-T)

 

10:00 – 11:00

Session 1: Policies for accessible ICTs

Overview of the Workshop: Ms Asenath Mpatwa, Head, Special Initiatives Unit, ITU-D

Presentation (French Version)

Biography

 

Policies& Best practice on  ICT Accessibility: Dr. Cynthia Waddell, Executive Director & Law, Policy and Technology Consultant, International Centre for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI)

Presentation (French Version)

Background (French Version)

Biography

 

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30

Session 2: Policies for accessible ICTscontinuation

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Mr. Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict

Biography

Video

 

On-line Toolkit for Policy Makers: Highlights: Ms Asenath Mpatwa, Head, Special Initiatives Unit- ITU-D

Presentation

Biography

 

The role of the African Non-Governmental Organizations in promoting accessible ICTs in Africa: Mr. Simate Simate, African Communication Decade

Presentation

Biography

 

Discussions & Conclusion

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 – 16:00

Session 3: Technologies for accessible ICT services & products

The role of Accessibility Standards in Bridging the Digital Divide for Persons with Disabilities: Product, Service & Design Considerations Accessibility Standards: Ms Andrea Saks, Convener, JCA on Accessibility & Human Factors, ITU-T

Presentation (French Version)

Biography

 

Accessible Multi Media: Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura, President, DAISY Consortium, Assistive Technology Development Organization, Japan

Presentation

Biography

 

Accessible ICTs: A paradigm shift for an all inclusive Information Society: Dr. Cynthia Waddell, International Centre for Disability Resources on the Internet

Presentation (French Version)

Biography

 

Discussions & Conclusion

16:00 – 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 – 17:30

Session 4: Country strategies for supporting accessible ICTs.

Country presentations, Ms Asenath Mpatwa, Head, Special Initiatives Unit,
ITU-D

Biography

 

Discussions & Conclusion

 

DAY TWO

9:00 – 11:00

Session 5: Applications for promoting accessible ICTs

Accessibility & Disaster Preparedness of persons with disabilities: A critical life saver: Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura, DAISY Consortium, Assistive Technology Development Organization, Japan

Presentation

Biography

 

Universal Design considerations for Accessible ICTs: The Public Procurement Toolkit: Dr. Cynthia Waddell , International Centre for Disability Resources on the Internet

Presentation (French Version)

Biography

 

Assistive Technologies: Key issues to attainment of ICT accessibility:
Mr. Axel Leblois,
Executive Director, G3ict (via video)

Biography

 

Web Without Barriers: Dr. Cynthia Waddell, International Centre for Disability Resources on the Internet

Presentation (French Version)

Biography

 

Discussions & conclusion

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee break

11.15:– 12:30

Session 6: Tutorials

Real time captioning, Web Accessibility Checkers and a Demonstration of Accessible Online Conferencing Tool: Dr. Cynthia Waddell, ICDR

Presentation (French Version)

Presentation (French Version)

Presentation (French version)

Biography

Discussions & conclusion

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch break

13.30:– 15:00

Session 7: ICT Accessibility for Equal Education & Employment Opportunities

ICT Accessibility for Equal Education & Employment Opportunities for Persons with disabilities: Prof. Licia Sbattella, Politecnico di Milano

Presentation

Biography

 

International Certification of ICT Skills for Persons with disabilities: Anthony Harper, Development Coordinator , ICDL in Africa

Biography

 

Discussions & conclusion

15:00 – 15:15

Coffee break

15:15 – 17:00

Session 8: Conclusion & Adoption of the Workshop Report: Workshop Chairman

17:00 – 17:30

Closing

 

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