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G3ict-ITU Toolkit for Policy Makers on e-Accessibility & Service Needs for Persons with Disabilities  

Designed to provide a comprehensive on line resource for all stakeholders involved in implementing the digital accessibility agenda of the Convention, the G3ict ITU Toolkit is making good progress towards completion by the end of March 2009.  The Toolkit was announced jointly by G3ict and ITU on April 21, 2008 (see communiqué on Goals and Objectives here). 

Major disabled persons organizations such as the RNIB and World Blind Union are actively supporting and contributing to the development of its technical sections as well as a technical experts, international institutions, academia and industry participants.   Asenath Mpatwa, Head, Special Initiatives at ITU-D and Axel Leblois, G3ict, convened a first editorial committee in Geneva in April which defined its contents and editorial guidelines.  Participating were Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Ecuador’s Ambassador to the United States, Andrea Saks JCA-AHF, Asenath Mpatwa, ITU/BDT, Axel Leblois, G3ict, Cynthia Waddell, ICDRI, Daniel Aghion, W2i, Francesca Cesa Bianchi, G3ict, Gregg Vanderheiden , University of Wisconsin-Madison, Licia Sbattella  Politecnico di Milano, Martin Gould, National Council on Disability, Maxim Kushtuev, ITU/BDT, Roxana Widmer-Iliescu, ITU/BDT, Rune Halvorsen, NOVA - Norwegian Social Research.  Subsequent feedback was also provided by Anne Rivers Forcke, IBM, Clara Luz Alvarez, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Immaculada Placienca Porrero, European Commission, Kevin Carey, HumanIT, RNIB, Simao Campos, ITU and Tamas Babinszki, Even Grounds.

In September, Professor Gerard Quinn of the National University of Ireland Galway and Gerald Cradock, head of the Center for Universal Design at the National Disability Authority of Ireland confirmed that they would contribute the time and expertise of Donàl Rice, ICT accessibility expert of the NDA and a PhD candidate working with Professor Gerard Quinn to oversee the coordination of the developments of the contents of the Toolkit. 

The complete table of contents of the Toolkit can be downloaded here



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