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  • G3ict.org - Newsletter Print News
    disease and other dementias The FCC held this summit to facilitate discussion of the telecommunication needs of people with cognitive disabilities and effective means of meeting those needs Panels included Communication Technologies for Independent Living Emergency Preparedness Living in the Community Safely Ensuring and Funding Access to Equipment Training and Broadband Being on the closing panel for the day my role was in part to summarize the conversations that had taken place prior One point became obvious through the course of the discussion the broad group that was defined within the umbrella term cognitive disabilities have likely had specific accessibility accommodations needs that have historically gone underserved While this includes everything from support services to broad social inclusion it also includes access to common services and as well as access to media leisure entertainment and information As such that was the focus of my discussion that day Everyone regardless of their abilities has the right to access any form of media in the context that they chose This begins with consistent tools knowledge training and regulations Outside the American context I have been privy to and led similar discussions here in Canada and there s much we can learn as neighbors Previously I have discussed how I lead a Video Description Working Group for the FCC that operates with a common mandate to its Canadian Described Video Working Group counterpart that I also lead At the Telecommunications Summit one of the themes pertaining to regulations focused on the importance of a common initiative focused on achieving common goals In the United States the ADA has been in existence for 25 years In Canada we have no similar piece of legislation however our provincial jurisdictions have for the most part begun to develop legislation on this theme In our role at

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  • Press Release
    accessible ICTs According to ITU Secretary General Hamadoun I Touré ITU is working with all stakeholders towards global ICT accessibility and affordability in all countries and regions and by all peoples including persons with disabilities There is no doubt that ICTs can enable and accelerate access to resources such as education and health care for persons with disabilities leading to their greater social economic and political inclusion ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities is a priority for ITU members said Brahima Sanou Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau I believe that creating and implementing national ICT accessibility policy frameworks will lead to unprecedented growth in accessible ICTs and the empowerment of persons with disabilities The impact of these policies will be enjoyed by many others including immigrants aging and illiterate populations and will open doors to inclusive education employment and health services The Model ICT Accessibility Policy Report is developed for ICT policy makers regulators and other stakeholders active in ICT and or disability issues including Non Governmental Organizations NGOs organizations of persons with disabilities and parliamentarians The report has been prepared pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and in line with the ITU and G3ict ICT Accessibility Policy Toolkit for persons with disabilities It benefited from multiple contributions and reviews by digital accessibility experts and policy makers from around the world with experience in implementing ICT accessibility policies and programs ITU s leadership in promoting ICT accessibility plays an important role in realizing the promises of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities highlighted Axel Leblois President and Executive Director of G3ict The report which is the result of seven years of cooperation between ITU and G3ict offers easy to use policy frameworks inspired by existing good practices and available technologies from around the world It also emphasizes the critical importance of involving relevant stakeholders in developing and monitoring ICT accessibility policies with the active participation of persons with disabilities It is our hope that the model policies presented in the report will help accelerate the accessibility of essential ICT products and services for citizens of all abilities added Mr Leblois G3ict the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs was launched in 2006 in cooperation with UNDESA to promote the dispositions of the CRPD relative to Digital Accessibility G3ict and ITU have developed a long standing cooperation in jointly designing publishing and promoting tools for policy makers overseeing digital accessibility policies and programs fostering multi stakeholder cooperation At the World Telecommunication Development Conference WTDC 2014 ITU members reaffirmed that there should be non discriminatory access to telecommunication ICT facilities services and applications Digital Inclusion is part of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector s activities designed to promote ICT accessibility and use for the social and economic development of people with specific needs including indigenous peoples and people living in rural areas persons with disabilities women and girls and youth and children Download Model ICT Accessibility Policy Report For more information

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  • G3ict.org - News
    are being harmed Today two Canadians with disabilities Rhonda Wiebe and Jim Derksen appear before the House of Commons Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care to explain how deadly compassion puts us in harms way and to suggest how to detoxify the medical care and public policy environment as both are affected by this insidious stereotype When our colleague the late Mike Rosner a Manitoban with disability went to hospital with pneumonia he expected treatment to cure his illness However his doctors offered to make him comfortable while nature took its course stated Rhonda Wiebe Chair of CCD s Ending of Life Ethics Committee Members of the disability community had to advocate on his behalf to get him the treatment he needed People with disabilities are challenging the insidious stereotypes that bring harm to people with disabilities We are challenging cultural practices that cause our society to abandon its fundamental respect for the dignity and human rights of people with disabilities We are speaking out to challenge the labels to preserve our dignity and challenge how others see us stated Wiebe We appear before the Committee to defend ourselves in the public policy environment on several fronts First we oppose any process to amend the Criminal Code to legalize assisted suicide Second we oppose any policy such as the Manitoba College of Physicians and Surgeons Statement on Withdrawing and Withhold Life Sustaining Treatment which uses a lack of ability as a criteria for ending life Third we seek the greater participation of people with disabilities in the education of medical professionals so that we can challenge stereotypical thinking about people with disabilities and the development of palliative care services Fourth we seek health care including palliative care that accommodates the needs of people with disabilities For example people with disabilities

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  • G3ict.org - Event overview
    and Alzheimer s disease and other dementias According to the website of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities an estimated 28 5 million Americans more than 9 of the U S population had a cognitive disability in 2012 The FCC is holding a summit to facilitate discussion of the telecommunication needs of people with cognitive disabilities and effective means of meeting those needs Panels will include Communication Technologies for Independent

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  • G3ict.org - Newsletter Print News
    to which he responded happily At other times while just showing a grin or just tickling him under the chin he may have been unsure It would seem that visually he was beginning to make a correlation between smiling and delight He was utilizing many senses to experience something in a manner similar to those around him I am reminded of a blog post I wrote in 2013 How Emotionally Accessible is Your Media At the time I focused on the inclusion of audio description to facilitate a similar emotional response for those who could not otherwise hear or see content being displayed on television For example watching a gold medal hockey game or watching something more sombre such as a state funeral Technologies evolve and things have come a long way in the last two years To now focus solely on the emotional accessibility of your media through the use of description is limiting as the definition of media and its prolific availability is ever expanding For example consider the Internet of Things or as I prefer the Internet of Everything We connect every thing we use from the clothing we wear to the cars we drive to the food storage sections into the virtual network that envelops us On the other hand media now includes things such as your current GPS position to the temperature outside accessing multimedia content and networking with people There was a recent advertising campaign for a new app developed by Listerine that allows a person to utilize a smartphone app to feel a smile It s an example of the interpretation of emotion using technology as a medium what I consider visual emotional learning leading to inclusion How would we accomplish this within a standard broadcasting environment Historically description and captioning have been

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  • Press Release
    People with Disabilities AAPD the largest cross disability membership organization in the U S is delighted that the United Nations Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies G3ict included discussions focused on accessibility for people with disabilities at its Digital Cities Convention held December 11 12 2007 in Washington D C Washington DC 12 17 2007 View full article back Related Items Making Emergency Information via Video Programming Accessible

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/press/press_releases/press_release/p/id_42 (2016-02-11)
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  • G3ict.org - Event overview
    all delivery media including broadcasting IPTV and Internet Objective The main objective of the workshop will be to explain the options available for access services the economics of providing them and to offer successful financial case studies of their use Targeted Audience The workshop will be of value to all those making content for manufacturing equipment for regulating using or contemplating using access tools with media With the growing application

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  • Articles written by author
    and the Pacific ESCAP the Forum addressed a range of critical policy and regulatory measures to promote accessible information and communication technologies ICT for persons with disabilities in the Asia Pacific region More Comments 0 Reporting from Lisbon and London the World Telecommunication Policy Forum WTPF and The Inter Parliamentary Union CPRD Regional Seminar Lisbon Portugal was the venue of the World Telecommunication Policy Forum in 2009 for a global discussion of strategies and policies of high current policy interest in the changing telecommunication environment More Comments 0 Report on Internet Governance Forum Hyderabad India December 2008 Hyderabad India was the site of the third meeting of the Internet Governance Forum IGF and thanks to the host country it was a successful meeting despite the tragic events of Mumbai More Comments 0 Reporting from Lusaka Zambia The International Telecommunication Union ITU held a regional workshop on ICT accessibility for persons with disabilities in the African region from July 15 through 16 2008 More Comments 0 If It s Tuesday It Must Be Belgrade Serbia This month the International Day for Persons with Disabilities was celebrated worldwide and this was especially true in Belgrade Serbia More Comments 0 ITU and the

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