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  • G3ict.org - Newsletter Print News
    advocates of the rights of persons with disabilities on the other hand could join efforts and bring to life new devices that would be cheap enough easy to use and respond to desiderata of citizens with special needs To highlight the business case for the expansion of IoT I referred to Cees Links CEO of GreenPeak Technologies who is quoted in the publication as saying that IoT will be a major source of wealth creation in the two decades to come Challenges to be addressed before IoT becomes part of our daily life were also emphasized at the launch In addition to the obvious technical legal and rights issues there is a need to fully overcome the stereotypes of treating a disabled person as a mere recipient of care rather than as an active and full member of society However rather unexpectedly some participants in the round table wished to add extra concerns to the list Today the Internet of Things serves human needs but what if some day we realize that the opposite is true and human beings will be serving it said the head of the International Telecommunication Union ITU Area Office for the CIS countries Orozobek Kaiykov He admitted that as a specialist he saw significant potential in IoT however as a consumer he often wondered how increasingly technology addicted people become as devices around them get smarter Frankly the prospect of machines sidelining humans was not seen as an issue by most of participants Thus Denis Rosa the director of advocacy group Perspectiva argued that so far people have had nothing to blame smart devices for On the contrary the latter have greatly facilitated the lives of citizens with disabilities But even the most advanced tablet is not a substitute for normal human communication and interaction

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/print_news/p/newsletterId_/id_558 (2016-02-11)
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  • Press Release
    the M Enabling Summit is right to focus on this technology right now and I look forward to sharing why ZigBee standards are the foundation of the IoT the impact our standards have on this industry currently and our vision for ZigBee 3 0 when it is launched later this year According to the Gartner Group there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020 and a recent survey of the Pew Research Internet Project shows that 83 percent of technology experts and engaged Internet users interviewed believe that the Internet Cloud of Things embedded and wearable computing and remote interactive systems will have widespread and beneficial effects by 2025 Implications of those trends are considerable for organizations selling products or services to seniors and persons with disabilities a global market place of more than one billion persons Accessibility experts and advocacy organizations are also eager to promote the benefits of the Internet of Things which can bring life changing solutions to millions of consumers Axel Leblois Founder and President of G3ict who co organizes the M Enabling Summit with E J Krause and Associates said We are very pleased that Tobin Richardson and the ZigBee Alliance are taking an active role in our discussion about the considerable opportunities of the Internet of Things for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities It will further motivate industry participants to address the fast growing market of life changing IoT applications and services for independent living Sessions at the m Enabling Summit will explore the hottest areas of mobile and assistive technology innovation The Internet of Things A New Frontier for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities chaired by Gerry Ellis Fellow of The Irish Computer Society and ITU representative for the ISO IEC Guide 71 Mobile enabled Smart Homes chaired by Bill Belt Senior Director Technology Standards Consumer Electronics Association CEA Internet of Things for travel and public spaces chaired by Jay Cardinali Worldwide Accessibility Manager Walt Disney Parks and Resorts m Health and well being apps and services chaired by Steve Ewell Executive Director CEA Foundation Supported by major disability and senior organizations as well as industry associations and the private sector the Summit is expected to attract hundreds of participants from more than 40 countries underlining the global scope of new mobile opportunities for users and developers alike The Summit s program will focus on accessibility innovations with over 150 speakers private sector leaders apps developers policy makers mobile accessibility experts and disability advocates sharing their knowledge and experience Confirmed presenters include representatives of leading organizations facilitating the accessible technology market Experts will discuss accessibility solutions highlighting 6 major tracks Cutting edge accessibility environments Internet of things cloud computing all inclusive daily living policy and standards assistive mobile and wearable solutions CMO CIO accessibility imperatives For more information on registering to attend the M Enabling Summit please visit www m enabling com To view a complete agenda http m enabling com agenda html Contact USA Pat Tessler

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/press/press_releases/press_release/p/id_87 (2016-02-11)
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  • G3ict.org - News
    the UNIC Moscow Mr Axel Leblois Executive Director of G3ict Ms Julia Vlassova UNIC Moscow UNIC Moscow was asked by Bezgraniz ru one of the main organizers of the exhibition fair to help them with shaping a special session on Accessibility of the Information Environment in the framework of the Conference In addition to our assistance in conceiving the programme of the session and putting together the list of speakers and invitees the UNIC Director facilitated the discussion The keynote speaker was Axel Leblois Executive Director Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs G3ict one of the leading experts in this field who was invited to Moscow by the organizers in close collaboration with UNIC In his insightful remarks Mr Leblois described the e accessibility concept and its different facets In his words the main idea lies in leveraging ICTs to promote key initiatives and issues including human rights eradication of poverty universal access to education employment and inclusive economic and social development Our keynote speaker also delved into notions of universal design assistive technologies and in a broader sense with regard to the UN Convention the need to establish a legal and policy agenda at the national level Left to right Mr Alexandre Gorelik Director of the UNIC Moscow Mr Axel Leblois Executive Director of G3ict presenting the G3ict AT T White Paper in Russian language Ms Julia Vlassova UNIC Moscow Exhibition Complex ExpoCentre Moscow session on Accessibility of the Information Environment in the framework of the Moscow City Government Conference Equal Rights Equal Opportunities Left to right Mr Alexei Liubimov Research Associate at the Institute of Correctional Pedagogy is addressing the audience Mr Alexandre Gorelik Director of the UNIC Moscow Mr Axel Leblois Executive Director of G3ict Ms Julia Vlassova UNIC Moscow Several Russian experts and researches also made presentations

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/newsletterId_148/id_186 (2016-02-11)
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  • G3ict.org - Event overview
    Report 2011 Moscow Russian Federation July 7 2011 The UN Information Centre UNIC Moscow will launch the MDG Report 2011 at its premises on 7 July 2011 For more information on the event visit the UNIC Moscow website Read Alexandre Gorelik s Blog UNIC Moscow Launch of the Russian Edition of the e Accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities 4 July 2011 Read Alexandre Gorelik s Blog UNIC Moscow

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/events/schedule/event_overview/p/eventId_254/id_593 (2016-02-11)
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  • G3ict.org - Newsletter Print News
    this question and help is forthcoming from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals IAAP who plan no launching the Associate Level Certification Exam for Accessibility The associate certification is the core foundation credential and is conceptual in nature rather than technical This credential is appropriate for anyone in a wide variety of accessibility fields including those who deal with accessibility on the web in software design in transportation systems in architecture web accessibility software design transportation systems architectural spaces consumer product design industrial design automotive design and other fields In other words the intent of this first credential is to create a common base of knowledge across accessibility domains to ensure that accessibility professionals can speak with a common vocabulary and be aware of the important over arching concepts of accessibility across domains In fact we want to encourage cross domain thinking and cross domain problem solving For those who oversee accessibility projects or initiatives program managers product managers project managers business analysts executives salespeople customer service representatives etc this first credential will likely be the only accessibility credential they need Overall this exam will cover the three following broad topics Disabilities Challenges and Assistive Technologies Accessibility and Universal Design Declarations Standards Laws and Management Strategies Clients may not be completely satisfied with utilizing only the three broad topics of examination as sufficiently being representative of the field of accessibility The IAAP has worked with industry and accessibility pioneers to build this base While the context of the knowledge required for certification may vary based upon experience it s necessary that a base be established in order to move forward If we are to flourish we must standardize our practices in order to achieve viability What s the outcome we are looking for The practice of accessibility has evolved so

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/print_news/p/newsletterId_/id_557 (2016-02-11)
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  • Press Release
    United States and Europe in countries around the world including in the Global South The new White Paper the result of numerous global roundtable discussions and expert interviews points out that most of the tools necessary to support effective public procurement policies exist today What is missing is an international ICT accessibility standard G3ict suggests that a new European standard for accessible technology EN 301 549 is the best starting point for a global standard We applaud G3ict for its leadership and for putting more global focus on this important strategy for inclusion of persons with disabilities said Wayne Hawkins Disability Policy Advisor with the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network ACCAN In Australia we are already moving to leverage the new European standard in tenders and we look forward to it becoming an international standard Jesus Toledano Landero Director General of the Mexican National Council for the Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities CONADIS added Now is a good time to explore the benefits of public procurement globally As a State Party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities it is a policy approach that we find interesting here in Mexico Andrew Kirkpatrick Adobe s Group Product Manager for Accessibility affirmed that Adobe agrees with the G3ict White Paper that there is a significant opportunity at hand to advocate for an international standard for procurement in accessibility Harmonization of accessibility standards has long been identified as critically important to the implementation of accessibility in products which are marketed in multiple geographic regions and EN 301 549 not only provides a set of standards which utilizes the internationally recognized work of the W3C s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2 0 standard but also includes additional context necessary for clear procurement processes G3ict s new initiative

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/press/press_releases/press_release/p/id_90 (2016-02-11)
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  • G3ict.org - News
    acknowledge that public sector purchasing power holds considerable market weight spurring the rapid technological advances Clearly Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act helped crystallize the government market for accessible E IT said Ken Salaets of the Information Technology Industry Council ITIC Before 508 many companies did not focus on the issue because there was no focused market demand Section 508 changed that A few IT companies initial reaction to these laws may have been to view them as the cost of doing business with the federal government Others such as Canon HP IBM Microsoft SAS Peregrine and Thomson NETg to name just a few we spoke with for this article took the long view These visionaries realized that accessibility compliance would benefit a larger population segment the aging and soon to be aged global population of computer users They recognized that understanding the needs of disabled and aging users would yield increased revenue and market share both in the US and globally These companies use their investment in accessible products and services as a competitive edge to win business every day They have embraced building accessibility into their products as a good business practice We are committed to making sure our IT products hardware software and services meet accessibility guidelines It s a commitment that s good for individuals good for business and good for society said Frances West director of IBM s Worldwide Accessibility Center The ability to meet the specialized needs of our clients who require accessible e learning in the workplace such as the U S Air Force and U S Postal Service has resulted in not only deeper and more profitable relationships but end users of our products who have been empowered to grow professionally while contributing to the overall success of their organizations said Joe

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/newsletterId_151/id_200 (2016-02-11)
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  • G3ict.org - Event overview
    discuss requirements and responsibilities for integrating web accessibility into your organization Read on to learn more about our upcoming April webinar and secure your registration Overview WCAG 2 0 has been with us for over seven years yet organizations are still struggling to provide Web experiences that are accessible to people with disabilities and the elderly For most organizations Web accessibility is nothing short of a nightmare But does it

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/events/schedule/event_overview/p/eventId_657/id_1447 (2016-02-11)
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