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CWG-Internet: Online Open Consultation (October 2015- January 2016)

Topic of discussion

Following the instructions of Council Resolution 1344 (Rev. Council 2015), the ITU Council Working Group in International Internet related Public Policy Issues (CWG-Internet) decided on 2 October 2015 to hold an open consultation (online and physical) on the following topic

Access to the Internet for Persons with Disabilities and specific needs

Accordingly, all stakeholders are invited to provide their answers through the link provided further below.

Useful information and instructions

Information on the Online Open Consultations

The online open consultations are held throughout the period between two successive meetings of the CWG-Internet. This process gives an opportunity to all stakeholders from all nations to express their views with regards to the topic(s) under discussion. As responses to the online open consultations can contain lengthy attachments, submitters are kindly requested to additionally provide a short summary of their responses as part of their submission for the benefit of all readers.

Information on the Physical Open Consultations

A physical open consultation meeting is organized 30 days after the end of the online open consultation. Discussions during the physical consultation meeting are based on the responses received during the online consultation process, which are consolidated in a single document by the ITU Secretariat. During this physical meeting, respondents to the online consultation have the opportunity to present their submitted views and to have a fruitful discussion with the other participants, including Members of the CWG-Internet. For those not in the position to participate on site, remote participation is also available upon request. Information on the details of the physical meetings are published in advance on the ITU Website.

The physical open consultation meeting took place on 15 February 2016  (See archive for meeting documents and transcripts)  

HILL, RichardAssociation for Proper Internet Governance
States have a general obligation to facilitate access to ICTs, including the Internet, by people wi ...
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11/12/2015 9:21 PM
HOUGAARD, SorenEuropean Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA)
1. Hearing aid users cannot use headsets/headphones like normal hearing people. A large number of Ap ...
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11/18/2015 1:12 PM
KEALA, YohaneMalawi Council for the Handicapped
Blind and hard of hearing lack trainers in special needs, ICT skills sets and assistive learning dev ...
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11/26/2015 5:47 PM
ORERO, PilarUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona
All elements present in a URL should be accessible: from web page architecture, to its design, and i ...
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12/3/2015 9:53 AM
RIZZI, AlbertMy Blind Spot, Inc.
First, if we are going to have any faith in this process, why is the link for the audio capture not ...
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12/30/2015 8:40 PM
SYED, ZakirRI2
- Attachment -
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1/5/2016 1:33 AM
ELKARIB, sarraNational Telecommunication Corporation
I am interesting for your consultation for the following issues : 1- the different challenges fac ...
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1/6/2016 10:13 AM
I am attaching the Ecuador proposal about these four questions.
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1/11/2016 6:35 PM
GAAFAR, MohammedEdraak Organization for Persons with Disabilities
I would like to participate in the Consultation meeting that I am interesting in the accessibility f ...
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1/12/2016 12:22 PM
JAYASEKERA, MohanTelecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka
Online Open Consultation of the ITU Council Working Group (CWG) on “Access to the Internet for Per ...
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1/13/2016 9:28 AM
Question 1: Challenges What are the different challenges facing persons with disabilities and spe ...
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1/13/2016 9:29 AM
GUNARATHNA, chanakauniversity of Sri jayawardenapura
this is my document
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1/13/2016 11:36 AM
KELEPTRISHVILI, GuramMinistry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
Question 1: Challenges In Georgia the people with disability and Special Education Needs have a v ...
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1/13/2016 3:01 PM
EID, NabilTelecentre Foundation
The main challenges are facing persons with disabilities in accessing ICT and using internet specifi ...
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1/14/2016 8:52 AM
FOMICHEVA, EkaterinaPJSC Rostelecom
Please see the attachment information about PJSC Rostelecom project "Impelementation of the Cross-Ru ...
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1/14/2016 11:20 AM
LAGUS, MariaMyRight
Input from member organizations of MyRight - Empowers People with Disabilities in attachment.
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1/14/2016 12:12 PM
FORTUZI, SiditaAlbanian Disability Rights Foundation (ADRF)
Albania has ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2013. Access to in ...
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1/14/2016 1:37 PM
EROKHIN, ViacheslavRadio Research & Development Institute
Please see the attachment information about examples of Russian initiatives related to subject of Op ...
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1/14/2016 5:32 PM
HERNÁNDEZ WOCKER, Juan CarlosFederal Telecommunications Institute
The responses to the Open Consultation are in the attachment.
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1/14/2016 8:37 PM
Hi, I'm José Antonio Estrada Franco, I work in The National Council for the Atention of the Disabili ...
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1/14/2016 10:21 PM
HAWKINS, WayneAustralian Communications Consumer Action network
Access to the internet for people with disability is impacted by a number of issues including afford ...
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1/15/2016 6:38 AM
MIERS, KyleDeaf Australia
Access to caption and interpretation on website (WCAG 2.0 A, AA and AAA). Written submission.
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1/15/2016 7:14 AM
BEREZOWSKI, WojciechOffice of Electronic Communications1/15/2016 8:07 AM
RAYAMAJHI, ShivaMyRight Nepal
- What are the different challenges facing persons with disabilities and specific needs (e.g. lack o ...
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1/15/2016 9:05 AM
MUSEMINALI, VincentRwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority
In Rwanda, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is singled out as a priority th ...
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1/15/2016 10:46 AM
SHAKWEER, AbeerMinistry of communication and information technology
Contribution: Question 1: Challenges What are the different challenges facing persons with disabi ...
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1/15/2016 1:03 PM
TOK, GökhanInformation and Communication Technologies Authority1/15/2016 10:18 PM
DEPARTMENT OF, TelecommunicationMinistry of Digital Affairs1/18/2016 12:47 PM
DOBREVA, HristinaMinistry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications
Accessibility is a human right. It should also be noted that in Articles 20, 21 and 26, the Charter ...
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1/18/2016 3:30 PM
Following established guidelines such as WCAG 2.0 is important. Normally people aim to meet level ...
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1/20/2016 3:48 PM
COORDINACIÓN DE ASESORES, Estrategia  Digital NacionalEstrategia  Digital Nacional
Please find attached comments by the National Digital Strategy (Estrategia Digital Nacional) of Me ...
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1/20/2016 6:57 PM
SATHNUR, AshwiniUnited Nations Development Programme
Inclusive Development provides a mechanism and platform for full employment and participation.Thus b ...
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1/25/2016 8:55 AM
AL BALUSHI, MunaTelecommunications Regulatory Authority1/25/2016 9:48 AM
CIEZA, AlarcosWorld Health Organization
This is not a personal but WHO's contribution. Please see attachment.
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1/25/2016 1:39 PM
WEERAWARDHANA, Asoka BandulaSupport Center for Students with Disabilities of the University of Colombo,Council for the Blind, Daisy Lanka Foundation
1. There are number of factors that could be pointed as challenges in accessing internet by persons ...
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1/27/2016 5:46 AM
THURSTON, JamesG3ict - the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs
G3ict is particularly interested in the final question and possible government actions. We are submi ...
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1/27/2016 8:56 PM
Kindly we needs you fruitful help and support to implement good ways for disability people and needs ...
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1/28/2016 1:40 PM
Please find attached of my responses regards to this consultation .I did really find a very interest ...
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1/28/2016 7:54 PM
MITCHELL, PaulMicrosoft
Microsoft supports G3ict’s contribution to this consultation encouraging governments to (1) do more ...
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1/29/2016 12:01 AM
KHAMULA- LUNGU, Emily HeatherMalawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA)
The response was sourced from the Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi (FEDOMA), Malawi ...
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1/29/2016 4:12 AM
BORRITT, JennyCommunications Consumer Panel
Summary All consumers should be able to benefit from the opportunities and enjoyment that communica ...
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1/29/2016 12:39 PM
KLEEB, BeatWorld Federation of the Deaf WFD
As it is an imperative to work WITH and not just to work FOR persons with disabilities, World Federa ...
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1/29/2016 3:39 PM
SAKS, AndreaITU-T JCA-AHF Chairman1/29/2016 3:52 PM
WENTWORTH, SallyInternet Society
The Internet Society is pleased to contribute to this Open Consultation on Access to the Internet fo ...
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1/29/2016 6:48 PM
see attached a short submission of evidence around barriers to digital inclusion for disabled people
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1/29/2016 8:12 PM
ELSAYED, AhmedKing Saud University
King Saud University (KSU) working As official in Saudi Arabia and its efforts to help persons with ...
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1/31/2016 7:47 AM
ABOU-ZAHRA, ShadiW3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
There are many challenges for persons with disabilities in accessing and using the Internet, in part ...
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1/31/2016 6:37 PM
TREVIRANUS, JuttaInclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
There is a growing technology gap for anyone reliant on alternative access systems. At the same time ...
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2/1/2016 2:09 AM
MUDFORD, KellyDepartment of Communications and the Arts2/2/2016 6:17 AM
KOFMEL, ErichAutistic Minority International
Oral statement made during the Physical Open Consultations at ITU in Geneva on 15 February 2016: "Hi ...
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2/15/2016 6:23 PM