ITU panel “Globalization of Standardization and Making the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Accessible” at the 18th Biennial TDI Conference “Where Access begins”
Washington DC, USA, 30 July - 1 August 2009
TDI will host an ITU panel at the
18th TDI Biennial Conference (TDI, formally
known as Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.), in
Washington DC, from 30 July to 1 August 2009. TDI is an active national
advocacy organization focusing to address equal access issues in
telecommunications, media, and information technologies for four
constituencies in deafness and hearing loss, specifically people who are
deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, or deaf-blind.
The ITU panel at the conference presents the accessibility efforts underway
at the International Telecommunication Union.
The panel will review the ITU accessibility activities underway in response
to the Resolution 70 (“Telecommunication/information and communication
technology accessibility for persons with disabilities”, World
Telecommunication Standardization Assembly - Johannesburg, 2008). This first
ITU-T resolution on Accessibility is a very significant one as it addresses
telecommunications/information and communication technology accessibility
for persons with disabilities. The WTSA-08 Resolution 70 gives ITU-T the
ability to develop resources to support accessibility efforts.
Information and Documentation
One of the most important aspects of the work currently being done at ITU is
not only the work carried out in the Standardization Sector (ITU-T) on
standardization but also the work of making ITU accessible to persons with
ITU seeks to become accessible itself, and at the same time, encourage
participation by persons with disabilities so that Sector Members
(manufacturers, operating agencies, regulators, etc.) and Member States will
include accessibility and Universal Design into standards from the very
beginning. As a result the implementation of standards with accessibility
features will have a higher level of accessibility than ever before.
The presentations will explain the activities of two other activities in the
field of Accessibility: the Joint Coordination Activity on Accessibility and
Human Factors (JCA-AHF) and the Internet Governance Forum Dynamic Coalition
on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD). Other proposed activities include
the creation of a new internship program for persons with disabilities to
work within the ITU-T accessibility program.
The panel will also include the history of what has already transpired since
the last presentation given to TDI in 2003 by ITU Representatives.
Finally, the panel will also present on the impact of the United Nations
Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (adopted in New York, on
13 December 2006).
Andrea Saks, ITU Convener, Joint Coordination Activity on Accessibility and
Human Factors (JCA-AHF), Coordinator, Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD),
TDI website: http://www.tdi-online.org
TDI Representative to ITU
Cynthia Waddell, Juris Doctor - Executive Director and Law, Policy and
Technology Subject Matter Expert, International Center for Disability
Resources on the Internet, ITU Consultant on Accessibility
Alexandra Gaspari, Ph.D in Political Science - International Relations and
Secretariat for the Joint Coordination Activity on Accessibility and Human
Factors (JCA-AHF) and the Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability
Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, Geneva