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 Joint ITU and G3ict Forum 2008 on “The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Challenges and Opportunities for ICT Standards”
 Geneva, 21 April 2008 Contact: 
Programme and presentations
08:30 — 09:00 Registration
09:00 — 10:00 Opening Session

Session Chairman: Pierre-André Probst, Chairman ITU-T Study Group 16  
  • Welcome address, Malcolm Johnson, Director, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T)

  • Opening remarks: Importance of accessible ICTs to developing countries, Yury Grin, Deputy Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D)

  • The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a Blueprint for Accessibility Standards, Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict

  • Latest developments in standardization and harmonization of accessible ICT - SWG -  Accessibility, Josée Auber and Alex Li, ISO/IEC SWG-A
10:00 — 11:00 Session 1 - Human interfaces: design for accessible ICTs

Recent evolution of accessibility features and standards, standards supporting assistive technologies, gaps, and opportunities.

Session Chairman: Whitney Quesenbery, President, Usability Professionals’ Association     
  • Designing for universal accessibility, Bill Curtis-Davidson, Business Development and Solutions Leader, IBM Worldwide Human Ability and Accessibility Center

  • ISO work on Ergonomics for accessible ICTs, Tom Stewart, Chairman, TC 159/ SC 4, "Ergonomics of human-system interaction"

  • ETSI Human Factors activities in the European context (Putting users at the centre of technology), Stephen Furner, Chairman, ETSI Technical Committee Human Factors

  • Making Access Attainable for the Other 25 - 75% of Users with Disabilities: New Standards and Approaches, Gregg Vanderheiden, Ph.D., Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chair, INCITS/V2 and Vice-chair, ISO/IEC, JTC 1/SC35

11:00 — 11:15 Coffee break (Supported by G3ict)
11:15 — 12:30 Session 2 - Accessible contents and services: addressing information deprivation

W3C initiatives, globalization of web standardization efforts, issues in ensuring compliance with accessibility standards (lack of awareness, speed of technology development, lack of training of web developers etc.); digital television and digital radio opportunities.

Session Chairman: Eric Velleman, Director, Bartiméus Accessibility Foundation
  • Information Deprivation and the impact of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Martin Gould, Director of Research and Technology, National Council on Disability

  • DAISY for Everyone, Development of Accessible Multimedia Standards, Hiroshi Kawamura, President, DAISY Consortium

  • Web Accessibility Initiative: Guidelines Development, Harmonisation, Implementation, Judy Brewer, Director, Web Accessibility Initiative, World Wide Web Consortium (WAI/W3C) (via Web cast from Beijing, P.R. China)

  • IPTV standardization, features and gaps, Clive Miller, Technical Broadcasting and Engineering Consultant, RNIB

12:30 — 12:40 Signature of the “Cooperation Agreement for development of a Toolkit on e-Accessibility & Service Needs for Persons with Disabilities”

This Cooperation Agreement will enable ITU-D and G3ict to collaborate in the development of an on-line toolkit to support policy makers evolve and mainstream policies and strategies addressing ICT accessibility and service needs of persons with disabilities. The toolkit, which complies to the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will support global standards and serve as a global electronic repository of policies and strategies and as a platform for sharing experiences on best practices.
12:40 — 14:00 Lunch break and knowledge fair
14:00 — 15:00 Session 3 - Mobility: Wireless Devices and Phones, accessibility and assistive functionalities

There are close to 3 billion mobile devices worldwide today, the largest number of ICT devices of any kind, which calls for a particular focus on their accessibility. Wireless devices also open significant opportunities for assistive solutions supporting the mandates of the Convention, which will be addressed by the panel.

Session Chairman: Jim Tobias,  President, Inclusive Technologies
  • Universal design approach by NTT DoCoMo (Introducing accessible mobile phones in Japan), Yoshinobu Nakamura, NTT DoCoMo

  • Accessible Mobile Technology, Sean Hayes, Incubation Lab Accessibility Business Unit, Microsoft

  • Mobile ICT for People with Cognitive Disabilities, Clayton Lewis, University of Colorado, USA

15:00 — 16:00 Session 4 - Product development methodologies

Ensuring that products are designed with accessibility features at an early stage, use of universal design methodologies.

Session Chairman: Chiara Giovannini, Program Manager, European Association Representing Consumers in Standardization (ANEC)      
  • ITU-T SG 16 work on accessibility guidelines in standards, Gunnar Hellström, ITU

  • Structuring development processes to achieve global accessibility compliance, Roman Longoria, Vice President, Computer Associates

  • ISO 9000 quality management systems and accessibility , Sean McCurtain, Head, Conformity Assessment, ISO

16:00 — 16:15 Coffee break (Supported by G3ict)
16:15 — 17:15 Session 5 - The role of government in supporting accessibility standards

Public procurement, regulations, and incentives in support of accessibility standards for ICTs.

Session Chairman: Kevin Carey, HumanITy & RNIB non-executive vice-chair     
  • Government support of accessibility standards: Best Practices, Cynthia D. Waddell, Executive Director, International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI)

  • Recent US Regulatory Updates: Finished & Unfinished Business, Jim Tobias, Co-chair, TEITAC and President, Inclusive Technologies

  • EU work on accessibility standards, Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, European Commission Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunities and Martina Sindelar, DG Enterprise and Industry

17:15 — 18:00 Conclusions, recommendations and suggested follow-up

Session Chairman: His Excellency Luis Gallegos, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States; Past Chair of the UN General Assembly Ad-hoc Preparatory Committee for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and Chair, G3ict      
  1. Conclusions by session chairs
  2. Feedback from Industry, Standards Development Organizations (SDO) and Government leaders on follow-up steps
    • Industry: Frances West, IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center
    • SDO: Andrea Saks, Convener, Joint Coordination Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors (JCA-AHF), ITU
    • Government: Urbano Stenta, Advisor on Disability, Directorate General for Development Cooperation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Summary of conclusions and recommendations, His Excellency Luis Gallegos, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States and Chair, G3ict


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