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 ICT Accessibility Side Event during World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08)
 Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 October 2008 Contact:
Users of telecommunications and information technology have a varied capability of handling information and the controls for its presentation. The source of this variation lies in cultural and educational backgrounds as well as in age-related functional limitations, in disabilities, and in other natural causes.

ITU-T is committed to improve ICT accessibility through standardization of relevant technologies and promoting ICT accessibility awareness. In fact, although innovative technologies have provided substantial benefits to modern society, there are still a large number of people who cannot enjoy them due to the lack of accessibility features.
The WTSA side event on ICT accessibility will provide an overview of ITU-T activities to foster greater ICT accessibility, and will highlight the impact of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on ITU-T future standardization work. It will also introduce the proposed first WTSA Resolution on accessibility. The intention of the WTSA Accessibility side event is to create a venue to discuss the impact of the UN Convention and the WTSA-08 proposed Resolution on future ICT Standardization.
Draft Programme
  • Moderator: “ITU and ICT Accessibility”, Andrea Saks, ITU-T JCA-AHF Convener
  • Speaker 1: “ICT Accessibility: A South African Perspective”, Hina Patel, South Africa (ITU Member State)
  • Speaker 2: “The need of a resolution: The Australian proposal”, Mick Owens, Australia (ITU Member State)
  • Live Demonstration: “Connecting Persons with Disabilities”, Microsoft (ITU-T Sector Member)
    • Intro by Yasmin Forbes, National Technology Officer, Microsoft South Africa
      [ BIOGRAPHY ]
    • Master of Ceremony by Claudio Giugliemma, CEO Qualilife
      [ BIOGRAPHY ]
    • Disabled Guest: Diamante Albergati
      [ BIOGRAPHY ]
    • 2 support individuals on standby:
      • Nicola Liboni - Qualilife technology assistance to Diamante Albergati
      • Oreste Ronchetti - Diamante Albergati’s 24x7 nurse
  • Question and Answers

Information and Documentation
 General Information Related Topics, Study Groups, Organizations
  • Organised by: ITU-T
  • Venue: Second Conference Room, Emperors Palace, Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Practical Information


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