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    to blog this corner I wondered if there would be time to do it Even before the Convention opened for signature the number of activities around the world had been increasing to address the issues identified in the Convention In the beginning it was easy to follow efforts about accessible ICT because not much was going on But now I think I need to blog in order to keep a record of this stuff so I can share with you about what our community is doing around the world Perhaps in doing this we can all leverage our knowledgebase to make the equalization of opportunities a reality in our neighborhood So back to this blog what do I mean by ICT No it is not Indochina time even though some of you may have thought you d seen me on an airplane or overseas somewhere in Ireland Dubai Norway Argentina or next door in Canada What s going on The Convention is bringing a lot of activity to address accessible ICT By ICT I mean information and communications technology in the broadest sense Because accessible ICT impacts everything in our daily life there may be occasions where this expert zone may overlap with the other expert zones This means that we will be looking at ICT from many perspectives during this time of technology innovations and unprecedented advances But remember as I said in one of my earlier papers on the growing digital divide in access Technology Changes But Civil Rights Do Not Recently I completed two projects for UN Agencies UNESCO and ITU The UNESCO project was done in collaboration with Betty Dion of GAATES the Global Alliance for Accessible Technologies and the Environment More about GAATES another time We drafted a helpful UNESCO resource entitled Accessibility Guidelines for

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    Paciello Industry Innovation Blog Mike Paciello discusses how to achieve the Third Wave Accessibility He addresses among other issues the creation of an accessible information architecture and next generation information appliances and services based on common or standard human interfaces with built in accessibility features More Welcome to the ICT Accessibility and Government Services Blog By Cynthia Waddell ICT Accessibility Government Services Blog Cynthia Waddell looks at the state of accessible ICT and government services around the world More ICT Accessibility Are the Stars Lining Up This Spring several important steps mark a remarkable increase of momentum for the promotion of Digital Accessibility and Assistive Technologies First and foremost the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force in May with more than 20 ratifications completed and 129 signatory states to date A major success which will help promote a Global Digital Accessibility agenda for all stakeholders involved Article 9 of the Convention by including Information and Communication Technologies ICTs in its definition of Accessibility at par with buildings and transportation creates a vast new field of opportunity for industry standards development organizations and governments each article of the Convention which mentions Accessibility does in fact open

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    the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Millennium Development Goals and access to ICTs in all forms has become a topic of focus rather than one for consideration at a later point Persons with disabilities and anyone requiring an accessibility accommodation are in a position to be vocal about their needs and have their concerns viewed as legitimate as the policies to establish their rights continue to be formalized This has clearly become the trend in recent years spawning a new understanding of what can be realistically achieved Does this imply that we have moved away from the prehistoric times of need based accommodation into a Golden Age of Inclusion and Universal Access It would seem that 2014 may be a time when this implication begins to hold more weight Certainly there is more that can come and will come as this Golden Age progresses but for the time being we can recognize what has been achieved learn from it and utilize it to drive the development agenda ever forward To that end this is a time for introspection and shared learning At Accessible Media Inc AMI in Canada we have the benefit of conducting our work based upon a mandate set forward in the Canadian Broadcasting Act in 2009 that states that programming accessible by disabled persons should be provided within the Canadian broadcasting system as resources become available for the purpose We utilize that direction to provide services through AMI tv and AMI audio and coming in 2015 AMI tv French a fully French fully described and captioned mainstream television station Through this work we have had the opportunity to engage with established and burgeoning practices related to media accessibility around the world In the spirit of reflection on the work that has been achieved and how

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    Health This publication is a guide to ensure that future research efforts accurately and effectively substantiate the benefits of Mobile Health Published by A T Kearney March 2012 This publication is a follow up to Mobile Health Who Pays produced by A T Kearney in collaboration with the GSMA Mobile Health Who Pays highlighted the importance of Mobile Health to achieve adoption in health systems in the developed world and shed light on some of the intricacies of the payment mechanisms within these healthcare systems Although there has been impressive growth in the quantity of evidence for Mobile Health the commonly held view amongst key healthcare stakeholders is that the evidence does not address the key issues that support the widespread adoption of Mobile Health Employers Guide to Assistive Technology Assistive Technology is a tool not just for new employees with disabilities but for all employees who wish to maximize their potential at work This guide is prepared by Mada Qatar Assistive Technology Center and Enable Ireland Assistive Technology Service Qatar Edition November 2011 Assistive Technology encompasses everything from alternative ways of using computers to communication aids that use synthetic speech power chairs operated by switch controlled interfaces and environmental control systems offering total remote control of lights doors and windows If disabled people are to find purposeful and meaningful employment the need for Assistive Technology that facilitates entry into the workplace is huge Your organization can hire a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities GSDRC Economic Benefits of Disability Inclusive Development A disability inclusive approach to development seeks to include people with disability in the development process by recognizing their potential valuing and respecting their contributions and perspectives honoring their dignity and effectively responding to their needs Published by Governance and Social Development Resource Center September 2012 Author Oliver Walton The economic benefits of adopting a disability inclusive approach to development are widely acknowledged in the literature as being significant The literature also recognises however that these benefits are complex and difficult to quantify This report provides an overview of the literature on the economic benefits of adopting a disability inclusive approach to development It also provides examples of good practice in the area of disability inclusive development with a particular focus on examples that demonstrate the economic benefits of adopting this approach Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF Equity for Women with Disabilities in India National Commission for Women India This is a strategy paper prepared for the National Commission for Women India Disabled women in India face numerous challenges In the absence of well coordinated government policies aimed at integrating disabled people in mainstream activities disabled women live under extremely difficult conditions for not only are they women but most of them are in the rural areas The women with disabilities in India are discriminated against equality Discrimination deprives disabled women of vital life experiences and therefore by denying them the opportunity to participate fully in community affairs they are deprived of equality of opportunity 2012 Around the world women make up just over 51 of the population Women with disabilities are the most marginalized in Indian society They are deprived of political Social Economic and health opportunities The problems of women with disabilities become very complex with other factors such as social stigma and poverty Paratransit for Mobility Impaired Persons in Developing Regions Starting Up and Scaling Up It is about addressing the need of persons with disabilities and others for paratransit service when accessible fixed route bus or rail service is not available or if available cannot be used by persons who need more specialized transportation Published by Access Exchange International San Francisco September 2012 This guide is written for city officials transit operators entrepreneurs non governmental organizations NGOs social service agencies and others who may wish to start up or expand door to door paratransit services to help mobility impaired persons to get to where they need to go this guide provides information and guidance for cities and towns and villages in less wealthy regions faced with many barriers to such transportation These barriers are so great that many cities to say nothing of the countryside beyond these cities have not begun to address the task of providing paratransit for those who most need it Web Accessibility for Better Business Results Innovation Series White Paper From both a business and a disability rights perspective this paper describes the value for organizations of adopting techniques to produce accessible web content compliant with global standards Published by G3ict March 2012 Web accessibility is a precondition for all persons with disabilities to enjoy the use of the Internet and of websites Without it website producers may involuntarily exclude millions of users from their potential audience This has been difficult to achieve to date due to the complexity of regulations coupled with the cost of training web authors to apply those rules consistently This G3ict Innovation White Paper is dedicated to presenting the benefits of web accessibility for businesses and how the accessibility module of EditLive produced by Ephox Corporation www ephox com can significantly help streamline the editing of accessible web pages Order your copy of the G3ict White Paper today English Order a hard copy in German Benefits and Costs of e Accessibility Business Case White Paper This white paper seeks to document the discussions that took place at the 5th European e Accessibility Forum March 2011 organized by BrailleNet in Paris It can be considered to be a first step toward defining new analytical approaches to improve our understanding of how to best promote sustainable e accessibility models Published by G3ict March 2012 The key conclusions of this white paper are the following E accessibility costs are highly dependent on the structure of the market and of supporting e accessibility business ecosystems Cost benefit analysis can be applied to e accessibility to demonstrate its socioeconomic benefits as well as to document the costs incurred by the lack of e accessibility Litigation influences the e accessibility economy and can have a bearing on the costs involved Standards can help incorporate e accessibility widely in business and industrial practices so that products are accessible to everyone Standards create a level playing field so that accessible products and services can compete effectively Order your copy of this report today Simple Things Done Well Making Practical Progress on Digital Engagement and Inclusion Integrating the most vulnerable and excluded into digital public services is crucial for a dynamic efficient and inclusive digital by default government The government should also recognize support and strengthen the already available resources for helping vulnerable groups and can achieve this through the use of technology Published by Policy Exchange 2012 The internet provides great potential for public service delivery including for greater personalisation speedier service and substantial cost savings The transformation of public services must happen because the internet has become a pervasive feature of modern society With 76 percent of people online at home and 44 percent of people accessing the internet on their smartphones citizen expectations are rising and they expect more innovative use of technology in public service delivery CRPD 2012 ICT Accessibility Progress Report A G3ict DPI Report Assessing the Degree of Compliance of States Parties with the ICT Accessibility Provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities PDF Version 3 8 MB Second edition 2012 The CRPD 2012 ICT Accessibility Progress Report includes the latest data on 52 countries representing 77 4 percent of the World Population The report offers disability advocates governments civil society and international organizations monitoring the progress of the implementation of the Convention by States Parties a unique benchmarking tool that collects data on country laws policies and programs pertaining to accessible and assistive Information and Communication Technologies ICTs around the globe All results are available cross tabulated by region level of income per capita of Human Development Index to facilitate benchmarking by advocates and policy makers Order a Hard Copy of the Report Accessibility of Government Websites in India This report summarizes the key findings of a test conducted to measure the accessibility of 7800 websites of the Government of India and its affiliated agencies against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG 2 0 which is the universally accepted standard for web accessibility It uses a combination of automated and manual testing to derive key findings Website inaccessibility is the largest and most common barrier to implementing effective e governance In a country like India where a very large percentage of the population is disabled elderly illiterate rural having limited bandwidth speaks only a vernacular language or uses alternative platforms like mobile phones having accessible websites becomes all the more important to ensure that government information and services which are available online are accessible and usable by these groups Emerging mHealth Paths for Growth This is a global research study about the opportunities and challenges of mobile health from the perspective of patients payers and providers PriceWaterCoopers 2012 Unlike many other forms of communication such as the Internet mobile health will likely have a greater effect on how care is delivered for three reasons Mobile devices are ubiquitous and personal Competition will continue to drive lower pricing and increase functionality and Mobility by its very nature implies that users are always part of a network which radically increases the variety velocity volume and value of information they send and receive In recognition of these accelerating factors PwC commissioned the Economic Intelligence Unit to examine the current state and potential of mHealth barriers to adoption and opportunities for companies seeking growth in this space Accelerating Development Using the Web Empowering Poor and Marginalized Populations This book explores the fundamental factors that are shaping the use of the Web for social and economic development It describes the contributors that shape how the Internet grows and how the Web can be made available to and effective for those billions in need It addresses issues currently restricting access to the Web political technological economic cultural and linguistic and suggests what mechanisms can be brought to bear to accelerate its utilization for poor and under served populations This is a book about both ICTs and the World Wide Web While the Web is one application of many existing on top of the Internet it is the application that provides the principal window through which users increasingly access ICTs and which is evolving to permeate many aspects of daily life It therefore deserves significant attention for its potential in making further significant contributions to assisting poor and underserved individuals and communities throughout the world Also read Web Accessibility Policy Making An International Perspective 3rd Edition 2012 Download report Inclusive Play Design Guide This Inclusive Play Design Guide has been developed by a group of playground and child development experts as an inspirational resource to guide the creation of great outdoor play environments for everyone Published by Playworld Systems May 2012 This design guide is essential for the future of playground design when considering the high number of people affected by disability in the United States According to the United States Census 12 of the population has a severe disability that affects at least one function of daily living But this group of people does not live in a vacuum they have parents siblings and grandparents who are involved in their daily lives So in actuality more than 36 of the population is touched by severe disability 1 in 3 people Disability challenges how affected individuals and their families go to school go to work and even spend the day at a park Also read Doing Transport Differently How to Access Public Transport for Persons with Disabilities Download here The Digital Dimension of Healthcare Policymakers are faced with three core challenges in healthcare growth in costs outpacing growth in GDP uneven quality in outcomes and patient experience and inadequate access to care in many regions Traditional solutions have been insufficient to address these challenges What is needed is a fundamental re invention A key component of that solution is innovation from digital and social media Report of the Digital Innovation in Healthcare Working Group 2012 Thanks to digital and social media connectivity has soared bringing unprecedented numbers of people into contact and delivering better health outcomes at lower cost It is also empowering people to participate more actively in their own health providing novel tools to manage chronic conditions and easing the burden on overstretched healthcare systems And by hugely expanding access to data the Internet has given rise to continuous learning systems and created feedback loops between medical advances and clinical practice These changes are opening up opportunities for new entrants smartphone health apps now number in the tens of thousands for instance while presenting both threats and opportunities for incumbents National Council on Disability Progress Report 2011 This annual progress report by the National Council on Disability NCD describes the current state of people with disabilities in America Findings are based on information gathered through a variety of events with NCD stakeholders the most recent figures from an extensive set of national data indicators measuring the quality of life of people with disabilities in the United States and recent studies and reports from NCD National Council on Disability October 2011 This report contains many recommendations for improving the quality of life of people with disabilities Given that the comprehensive reform of our nation s approach to disability policy will be a long term process immediate priority should be given to the recommendations that will lead to better education outcomes and increased employment and independent living opportunities for people with disabilities Also see The Accessibility Imperative Challenges and Opportunities of Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Download report for free PEW Report Americans Living with Disability and their Technology Profile Using the internet can be a challenge for people living with disabilities Two percent of American adults say they have a disability or illness that makes it harder or impossible for them to use the internet The Pew Internet Project provides the following data as context for the continuing conversation about who does and does not use the internet in the U S including a proposal to extend the enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act to include websites operated by certain entities Pew Research Center s Internet American Life Project January 2011 Statistically speaking disability is associated with being older less educated and living in a lower income household By contrast internet use is statistically associated with being younger college educated and living in a higher income household Thus it is not surprising that people living with disability report lower rates of internet access than other adults However when all of these demographic factors are controlled living with a disability in and of itself is negatively correlated with someone s likelihood to have internet access Universal Access in Information and Communication Technologies This is a paper presented by Axel Leblos G3ict Executive Director at the World Bank Inaugural Disability and Development Core Course 2012 organized from May 7 11 2012 in Washington D C The World Bank s Disability and Development Core Course provided participants with an in depth understanding of the conceptual and practical issues involved in the implementation of inclusive economic and social policies that are relevant for persons with disabilities in developing countries The course objectives were to Increase knowledge on disability its social and economic relevance and development policies and programs responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities and Increase understanding of the main issues involved in the process of including disability into development overall and at the level of sectoral policies and programs Broadband Adoption and Use in America Broadband Adoption and Use in America OBI Working Paper Series No 1 The Federal Communications Commission s October November 2009 survey finds that nearly two thirds 65 of American adults use high speed Internet connections to go online from home The FCC conducted a survey of 5 005 Americans in October and November 2009 in an effort to understand the state of broadband adoption and use as well as barriers facing those who do not have broadband at home Some 42 of Americans with disabilities have broadband at home Broadband users overwhelmingly view the social aspects of the Internet as very important to them while watching TV videos or movies online and playing games were deemed less important Related event G3ict Global Inquiry Kick off Workshop Broadband Adoption by Persons with Disabilities Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF Socioeconomic Impacts of Wireless Technology The purpose of this report is to assess socioeconomic opportunities and challenges that arise from existing and emerging uses of wireless licensed spectrum technology with a particular focus on the areas of health finance education and empowerment The report was commissioned by CTIA The Wireless Association and prepared by BSR May 2012 The effect of wireless technology on modern society has been profound Wireless mobility enables instant communication anywhere anytime mobilizing the rapid transfer of information and services over immense distances unbound by geographic barriers New ways to connect share and innovate using wireless technology are invented every day around the world and are shattering traditional walls that have divided societies for centuries In this report we examine the social effects through four lenses Health Care Finance Education and Community Empowerment The Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in School Accountability Systems Formerly excluded from measures of educational performance students with disabilities SWDs are now explicitly recognized in federal and state accountability systems At the national level the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act IDEA laid the foundation for accountability of SWDs by requiring states to include these students in state and district assessments and to report their participation and performance Published by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance Institute of Education Sciences U S Department of Education May 2012 The Institute of Education Sciences IES of the U S Department of Education ED has a congressional mandate to conduct a national assessment of how well the IDEA is achieving its purposes As part of the national assessment of IDEA this study is intended to provide policy relevant information about the education of SWDs by examining their inclusion in school accountability systems the use of school practices that may relate to their educational outcomes and SWD s achievement in relation to school accountability status BRAID Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development This document reports on the operational results of the BRAID project and includes details of the BRAID taxonomy stakeholder co ordination mechanism and engagement the vision and the roadmap and its implementation The results are synthesised into key recommendations to guide future European Commission research on ICT for active ageing Bridging Research in Ageing and Information and Communication Technology Development BRAID seeks to unleash the potential of technology as a vehicle to enable people to achieve their full capacity To this end BRAID has engaged with key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive Research and Technological Development RTD Roadmap for Ageing Disability Expectations Investing in a Better Life a Stronger Australia The National Disability Insurance Scheme NDIS was put forward by the Productivity Commission in its report Disability Care and Support which was submitted to government on 31 July 2011 and publicly released by the Prime Minister on 10 August 2011 The NDIS proposes a way forward for Australia PwC brought together an expert team with extensive experience in the disability support system The aim of the group has been to answer the question What is required to deliver the NDIS This paper provides a brief history of disability in Australia and as part of its focus draws on international experience and comparisons Published by PwC November 2011 Special Education Needs and Inclusion Reflection and Renewal Following a range of concerns raised by members about issues related to SEN and inclusion the NASUWT commissioned research to examine these issues This literature review represents the first stage of this research Research Report by Simon Ellis Professor Janet Tod and Lynne Graham Matheson Canterbury Christchurch University for and published by National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers UK 2008 The report looks at interpretations of inclusion including local authority interpretations and how this translates into policy and practice at different understandings of the term special educational needs at teacher attitudes to inclusion at classroom practice and teachers training and development needs and at issues of behaviour SEN and inclusion The NASUWT was also keen to look at what has happened across the UK and the report compares policies and practice in England Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF Inclusion Made Easy A Quick Program Guide to Disability in Development It aims to give practical guidance on how to ensure people with a disability are included in international development programs Statistical information inclusion strategies and key questions are included within a human rights framework throughout this guide Inclusion Made Easy is designed for program staff in international development organisations It is a brief practical guide on how to ensure programs are disability inclusive It offers basic inclusion principles practical tips and case study examples Part A focuses on disability inclusive development principles and Part B on disability inclusion across a range of development sectors Accessibility A Guide for Businesses and Organizations by Microsoft Accessible technology addresses the personal needs of all computer users including those with physical disabilities learning and language impairments and age related limitations making it easier for organizations to empower employees serve customers and engage with partners Published by Microsoft in 2011 This guide from Microsoft provides information about accessibility and accessible technology to help organizations worldwide ensure that all the people they serve or engage have equal access to information and services For organizations new to accessibility and working with people with disabilities accessibility can sometimes seem overwhelming To help your organization meet the needs of people with all types of abilities this guide provides specific information about many types of impairments and some of the accessible technology solutions that help address them Guidelines for the Development of Accessible Mobile Interfaces More and more people are using touch screens and traditional mobile devices Most are designed to work well for users with disabilities with or without the need for assistive technology Consequently it is increasingly necessary for those who develop apps and mobile interfaces to know more about accessibility and the different needs that users may have Funka Nu Sweden March 2012 Funka Nu s work and services are based on the international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2 0 WCAG 2 0 Their experience of accessibility work and user testing with users with various needs and abilities with and without assistive technology show that WCAG 2 0 is not enough to provide accessibility as it lacks development principles for mobile interfaces Funka has developed its own test criteria that supplements the international regulations Implementing Inclusive Education A Commonwealth Guide to Implementing Article 24 of the UNCRPD Second Edition The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires the development of an inclusive education system for all This revised and expanded second edition of Implementing Inclusive Education examines the adoption of the Convention and provides examples of how inclusive education systems for all children have been established in pockets throughout the Commonwealth and beyond Commonwealth Secretariat London 2012 Second Edition Article 24 of the UNCRPD requires the development of an inclusive education system at all levels where children and students with disabilities can be part of their local school alongside their non disabled peers with the right support and accommodation to develop academically and socially It has been necessary to revise and update this publication as more countries have since signed and ratified the Convention Transforming Learning Through mEducation Mobile technology is raising the quality of education and improving access to it Early initiatives in mobile education or mEducation are already enhancing learning outcomes worldwide With growing availability and demand mEducation is poised to become a USD 70 billion market by 2020 GSMA and McKinsey Company 2012 We define mEducation as technology enabled learning solutions available to learners anytime anywhere Any portable device such as a tablet laptop or mobile phone that provides access to educational content through mobile connectivity 2G 3G or 4G complemented by mobile based Wi Fi can be a tool for mEducation Mobile technology s power to transform education is difficult to overstate given the importance and impact of learning that takes place outside a traditional classroom environment A Comparative Test of Web Accessibility Evaluation Methods After a quick review and description of methods the paper illustrates a comparative test of two web accessibility evaluation methods conformance testing and barrier walk through Giorgio Brajnik Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica Università di Udine October 2008 Accessibility auditors have to choose a method when evaluating accessibility expert review a k a conformance testing user testing subjective evaluations barrier walkthrough are some possibilities The comparison in this study aims at determining merits of barrier walkthrough using conformance testing as a control condition A comparison framework is outlined followed by the description of a laboratory experiment with 12 subjects novice accessibility evaluators and its results Accessible Publishing Best Practice Guidelines for Publishers The publishing landscape is becoming much more user oriented ensuring your published content is accessible by all your potential readers is more and more important Providing access to content for people with print impairments is a challenge that all publishers can and should be tackling The aim of this publication is to supply publishers with clear and concise guidance to assist them in these endeavors April 2011 Making sure that your products are accessible makes good business sense commercially legally and ethically With the right people processes and practices in place you can increase the size of your market while at the same time enhancing your Corporate Social Responsibility profile at the same time Our guidelines encourage publishers to make their mainstream publications as accessible as possible so that full access becomes the norm rather than being special Accessibility A Guide for Educators by Microsoft This guide from Microsoft provides information about accessibility and accessible technology to help educators worldwide ensure that all students have equal access to learning with technology Microsoft Corporation Edition 3 1 published in 2011 In the era of personalized learning where we shift the focus from what is being taught to what is being learned the student s needs and style become more central Personalized learning requires attention to the unique needs of all students particularly students with learning difficulties or physical disabilities As students are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their learning and for using technology to acquire new skills schools have a responsibility to provide accessible technology that can be personalized for each student s needs For educators new to accessibility and working with students with disabilities accessibility can seem overwhelming To help educators teach students with all types of abilities you will find specific information about each type of impairment and accessible technology solutions The Global Economics of Disability The intent of this paper is to inform those grappling with how to position disability as a new market segment and speak to the market in an economic context Fifth Quadrant Analytics and Return on Disability Company March 2012 Making up 1 1 billion people globally Persons with Disabilities represent a sizeable population Unlocking the potential in this large subset of the global community has serious ramifications for GDP public and private institutional cash flows and how economies grapple with an aging population The familiar emerging market investing question must be asked when does this market tip When does the global platform of disability mirror the scope and revenue generating power of Green Forced Migration Review Issue 35 Disability and Displacement The feature theme articles in this issue of FMR show why disabled people who are displaced need particular consideration and highlight some of the initiatives taken locally and at the global level to change thinking and practices so that their vulnerability is recognized their voices heard and responses made inclusive University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre July 2010 An oft quoted statistic is the World Health Organisation s estimate that persons with disabilities account for 7 10 of the world s population This would imply that there are three to four million persons living with disability among the world s 42 million displaced It is not yet common practice however to include people with disabilities among those who are considered as particularly vulnerable in disasters and displacement and who therefore require targeted response ILO Irish Aid Case Study on Ethiopia Disability Inclusion through Effective Legislation and Policies For nearly a decade the ILO Irish Aid Partnership Programme has been working with Ethiopia s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs MOLSA to raise awareness of the need for review and reform of legislation and policy on disability and employment ILO Irish Aid March 2012 Over the past four years in Ethiopia several factors have played a pivotal role in intensifying the focus on disability and better understanding the barriers faced by disabled persons At the international level the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD which came into force in 2008 and was ratified by Ethiopia in 2010 stimulated much discussion on the implications of the new international human rights instrument and how it might be utilized to support disability inclusive policies and practices At the national level the synergies and complementarities created by two recent instruments Right to Employment of Persons with Disability and the Growth and Transformation Plan for 2011 2015 provide a framework for more effective participation of disabled persons in Ethiopian society and embrace a disability perspective Together all three instruments help to strengthen and support legal protection policymaking and inclusive planning for development Making Television Accessible Polish Edition This report has been prepared by Peter Olaf Looms Chairman ITU T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility in cooperation with G3ict Polish translation courtesy National Broadcasting Council of Poland Krajowej Rady Radiofonii i Telewizji November 2011 Ensuring that all of the world s population has access to television services is one of the targets set by world leaders in the World Summit on the Information Society Television is important for enhancing national identity providing an outlet for domestic media content and getting news and information to the public which is especially critical in times of emergencies Television programmes are also a principal source of news and information for illiterate segments of the population some of whom are persons with disabilities In addition broadcasting can serve important educational purposes by transmitting courses and other instructional material The emphasis of this report is on making digital media accessible This report identifies accessibility solutions for media executives regulators and policy makers pay TV operators consumer electronics manufacturers sales outlets as well as disabled persons organizations The goal of this report is to assist ITU members to take the necessary steps to ensure that persons with disabilities can enjoy their CRPD right to access TV ATHEN Report on the Accessibility of GMail and Google Calendar The Access Technology Higher Education Network ATHEN is continuing its functional evaluation of the components of the Google Application Suite to determine the accessibility of each component for users with various types of disabilities and assistive technology This evaluation covers GMail and Google Calendar Calendar There are several positive findings for users with certain types of disabilities including users of screen magnification software keyboard only interactions some high contrast visual layouts This report is the second in a series of reports on the accessibility of Google Apps Its predecessor the ATHEN Report on the Accessibility of Google Documents is available at http athenpro org google docs accessibility Doing Transport Differently How to Access Public Transport This guide is aimed at people with lived experience of disability or health conditions and at those advising or working with them Using a question and answer approach to enable different people with different travel needs to dip into it in different ways it will show you how far access to public transport has improved and how to make use of it Radar The Disability Rights People March 2012 During the last two decades much of the public transport in the UK has become accessible to disabled people although there remains much to do Despite this progress the missing element is often that some disabled people have insufficient information about what is available and therefore lack the confidence to use it This guide is an attempt to put that right The information you need to get out and about is between the covers of this publication Implementation of Universal Design for Learning and the Use of Accessible Technology to Improve the Learning of all Students Statement report by Dr John B Quick superintendent of Bartholomew Consolidated Schools Corporation BCSC in Columbus Indiana to the U S Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions in February 2012 UDL is a curriculum designing tool that helps teachers design lessons that will be accessible to all students There are three overarching principles engagement representation and action and expression Each is broken down into nine guidelines three under each principle The guidelines help teachers select teaching strategies methods and accessible technologies which will when combined create an accessible learning environment Because instructional goals might involve the use of technology it is expected that teachers choose whether or not to utilize accessible technology to align with the standards based goals they have determined for their lessons Specifically accessible technology must be chosen based on the framework of UDL Technology Accessibility in the Postsecondary Environment Statement of Mark Turner Director Center for Accessible Media California State University before the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions The Promise of Accessible Technology February 7 2012 The accessibility issues encountered by students with disabilities in a postsecondary environment are the result of a combination of factors including 1 the student s specific functional impairments 2 the specific instructional and administrative programs services with which they interact and 3 the level and nature of accessibility support provided by those programs services For this reason the campus Disability Services program meets with each CSU student to establish an individualized plan of services that constitute reasonable accommodations These services are essential for the success of students with disabilities By addressing accessibility gaps in university programs services postsecondary institutions ensure students have the opportunity to fully utilize curricular materials demonstrate a mastery of their curriculum and develop the skills necessary for future employment Internal Market for Inclusive and Assistive ICT Targeted Market Analysis and Legislative Aspects The report provides analysis of the market and the legal frameworks and implementation of support schemes referred to as Service Delivery Models for assistive ICT in nine EU Member States The study has been commissioned by the European Commission Directorate General for Information Society and Media unit ICT for Inclusion June 2011 The aim of the study was to examine the main barriers and opportunities today in the European Internal Market for assistive ICT and look at what could be gained from addressing these The study has assessed the different models existing in nine Member States for the provision of assistive ICT to people with a disability analysed the demand and supply side of the market and conducted a number of case studies The study puts forward a number of scenarios conclusions and recommendations for the achievement of the European Internal Market for assistive ICT that supports the digital inclusion of people with a disability Accessible ICTs and Personalized Learning for Students with Disabilities A Dialogue among Educators Industry Government

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  • Publications & Reports
    French version Download PDF Arabic version Download PDF Chinese version Download PDF Spanish version Download PDF Russian version Read the Press Release associated with this publication The Effectiveness of M Health Technologies for Improving Health and Health Services A Systematic Review This systematic review will summarize the evidence for the effectiveness of mobile technology interventions for improving health and health service outcomes M Health around the world Authors Caroline Free Gemma Phillips Lambert Felix Leandro Galli Vikram Patel Philip Edwards BMC Research Notes M health the use of mobile computing and communication technologies in health care and public health is a rapidly expanding area of research and practice M health programmes and interventions use mobile electronic devices MEDs such as personal digital assistants and mobile phones for a range of functions to support health behaviour change and chronic disease management by patients in the community This systematic review will provide recommendations on the use of mobile computing and communication technology in health care and public health and will guide future work on intervention development and primary research in this field The Clear Print Standard Arguments for a Flexible Approach This report makes recommendations for a more flexible and practicable version of the Clear Print guidelines published by the Royal National Institute of Blind People RNIB for adoption within the public sector As well as Large Print for people with impaired vision the Royal National Institute of Blind People RNIB also publishes Clear Print guidelines for general use These have been widely adopted in the public sector In these notes we take a critical look at what they say about type size and the evidence on which the standard is based We support the idea of a minimum type size for normal text but question the inflexibility which inhibits some organisations from using even slightly smaller sizes for diagrams and tables features that can make information clearer We make recommendations for a more flexible and practicable version 99 Tips for the Use of Mobile Phones for Students with Disabilities The 99 tools from the magical pocket of Aki chan this research project provides tips on how mobile phones can offer strategies to engage students in learning in ways that best suit their needs The 99 tools from the magical pocket of Aki chan reading writing keeping and making notes understanding time planning activities listening calculating and using a dictionary surfing the web calling and messaging friends can all be undertaken on a mobile phone using tools from the magical pocket The Magical Pocket of Aki chan Project has been co researched by the Research Centre of Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo and SoftBank Mobile Corp The project name represents the mobile phone as a magical pocket filled with tools each time you go into the pocket you can pull out a strategy that may help support the learning and participation in the classroom of a student with disabilities The aim of the project is to conduct research as well as raise awareness of the use of the mobile phone to support the independence of these students in their daily lives Data Enabled Travel How Geo Data Can Support Inclusive Transportation Tourism and Navigation through Communities This report explains what we have learned about the potential of geo data for accessible travel It also offers suggestions to interested stake holders about next steps toward the realization of this potential This report is a result of discussions that took place in July 2010 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the White House Participants of the discussion were asked to focus on the challenge of more accessible travel transportation and tourism by applying geo data User needs should form the basis of any initiative aimed at improving transportation information services for people with disabilities In the field of assistive technologies mobile devices have emerged as a champion for accomodating user needs Mobile technology has helped inform and empower citizens of all ages and abilities to accomplish safe and independent travel around our country Accessibility Innovation and Sustainability at AT T A G3ict White Paper Documenting How Mobile Service Providers Can Serve Persons with Disabilities and Seniors In order to promote the business practices required to provide accessible and assistive mobile equipment and services to persons with disabilities G3ict requested that AT T opens its doors to review and document its internal R D and business processes for the benefit all interested parties Read more Open Source Software Based Assistive Technologies Written by Fernando Botelho founder of Project F123 org this article defines open source software based assistive technology Written by Fernando Botelho founder of Project F123 org this article defines open source software based assistive technology Mobile Industry Good Practice Guide for Service Delivery for Disabled and Elderly Customers in the UK This good practice guide for service delivery is designed to advise and assist the mobile industry including network operators service providers and retailers on how to make their products and services more accessible to the UK s disabled and elderly consumers Wireless Phones Survey of Users Needs Georgia Tech Wireless RERC This is the second in a series of annual reports based on data collected from the Survey of User Needs SUN an ongoing survey conducted by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies Wireless RERC The original Survey of User Needs SUN1 0 was conducted from 2001 2006 with more than 1200 people responding to that survey In 2007 the SUN was revised and data collection began with version 2 0 in April 2007 By December 2007 over 1200 participants had completed SUN 2 0 A year later another 348 respondents had completed the survey for a total of 1556 1406 respondents reported one or more functional limitations such as difficulty in learning or remembering difficulty in doing manual tasks or difficulty in seeing or hearing Download the report for survey findings NTT DOCOMO s Mobile Phones for Persons with Disabilities

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    represent a sizeable population Unlocking the potential in this large subset of the global community has serious ramifications for GDP public and private institutional cash flows and how economies grapple with an aging population The familiar emerging market investing question must be asked when does this market tip When does the global platform of disability mirror the scope and revenue generating power of Green Internal Market for Inclusive and Assistive ICT Targeted Market Analysis and Legislative Aspects The report provides analysis of the market and the legal frameworks and implementation of support schemes referred to as Service Delivery Models for assistive ICT in nine EU Member States The study has been commissioned by the European Commission Directorate General for Information Society and Media unit ICT for Inclusion June 2011 The aim of the study was to examine the main barriers and opportunities today in the European Internal Market for assistive ICT and look at what could be gained from addressing these The study has assessed the different models existing in nine Member States for the provision of assistive ICT to people with a disability analysed the demand and supply side of the market and conducted a number of case studies The study puts forward a number of scenarios conclusions and recommendations for the achievement of the European Internal Market for assistive ICT that supports the digital inclusion of people with a disability M Enabling Summit 2011 Official Show Guide Official Show Guide for the Inaugural Edition of the M Enabling Summit 2011 Global Conference and Showcase for Mobile Applications and Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities 5 6 December 2011 The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor Washington D C The M Enabling Summit 5 6 December 2011 Global Summit and Showcase for Mobile Applications and Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities is the first global program solely dedicated to participants in the emerging ecosystem for mobile accessible and assistive technologies applications and services Visit event website at http www m enabling com The Role of High Speed Broadband in Telecommunications Between People with Limited Speech and the Health Workforce Report for the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society University of Melbourne Australia detailing the role of high speed broadband in communication between people with little or no speech and GPs Year 2010 2011 In April 2009 the federal government announced that it will be launching a National Broadband Network with Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than current speeds in Australia Evidence has shown that internet based solutions enable people with communication impairments to make themselves heard and to interact with others This research sought to address the communication needs of people with little or no speech in healthcare and began to explore the potential role of high speed broadband in facilitating communication between GPs and patients with communication difficulties Accessibility Innovation and Sustainability at AT T A G3ict White Paper Documenting How Mobile Service Providers Can Serve Persons with Disabilities and Seniors

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    so that full access becomes the norm rather than being special Making Television Accessible Polish Edition This report has been prepared by Peter Olaf Looms Chairman ITU T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility in cooperation with G3ict Polish translation courtesy National Broadcasting Council of Poland Krajowej Rady Radiofonii i Telewizji November 2011 Ensuring that all of the world s population has access to television services is one of the targets set by world leaders in the World Summit on the Information Society Television is important for enhancing national identity providing an outlet for domestic media content and getting news and information to the public which is especially critical in times of emergencies Television programmes are also a principal source of news and information for illiterate segments of the population some of whom are persons with disabilities In addition broadcasting can serve important educational purposes by transmitting courses and other instructional material The emphasis of this report is on making digital media accessible This report identifies accessibility solutions for media executives regulators and policy makers pay TV operators consumer electronics manufacturers sales outlets as well as disabled persons organizations The goal of this report is to assist ITU members to take the necessary steps to ensure that persons with disabilities can enjoy their CRPD right to access TV Implementation of Universal Design for Learning and the Use of Accessible Technology to Improve the Learning of all Students Statement report by Dr John B Quick superintendent of Bartholomew Consolidated Schools Corporation BCSC in Columbus Indiana to the U S Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions in February 2012 UDL is a curriculum designing tool that helps teachers design lessons that will be accessible to all students There are three overarching principles engagement representation and action and expression Each is broken down into nine guidelines three under each principle The guidelines help teachers select teaching strategies methods and accessible technologies which will when combined create an accessible learning environment Because instructional goals might involve the use of technology it is expected that teachers choose whether or not to utilize accessible technology to align with the standards based goals they have determined for their lessons Specifically accessible technology must be chosen based on the framework of UDL Business Case Study Costs and Benefits of Implementation of Dutch Webrichtlijnen The focus of the study is on the potential costs and benefits of implementation of the national Dutch Webrichtlijnen internationally known as W3C WCAG Authors Eric Velleman and Thea van der Geest from the Center for e Government Studies Universiteit Twente November 2011 Dutch English versions In 2004 the Dutch government published an extensive set of guidelines for the development of high quality maintainable and usable websites In 2011 the updated version including WCAG2 0 became part of the comply or explain list of Dutch Standards Both versions fully include the accessibility criteria that W3C the organization governing the Web has published for accessible web content In commission of ECP EPN Platform for the Information Society the University of Twente is conducting a study on the potential costs and benefits of implementation of the national Dutch Webrichtlijnen The focus of the study is on non governmental organizations like businesses corporations not for profit charity organizations and other private parties What is the cost benefit of starting to comply with the Webrichtlijnen internationally known as W3C WCAG with some added guidelines and what is the yield of the implementation of this national governmental standard M Enabling Summit 2011 Official Show Guide Official Show Guide for the Inaugural Edition of the M Enabling Summit 2011 Global Conference and Showcase for Mobile Applications and Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities 5 6 December 2011 The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor Washington D C The M Enabling Summit 5 6 December 2011 Global Summit and Showcase for Mobile Applications and Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities is the first global program solely dedicated to participants in the emerging ecosystem for mobile accessible and assistive technologies applications and services Visit event website at http www m enabling com Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities is a joint report of the International Telecommunication Union ITU and G3ict Researched and Edited by the Center for Internet Society Published by ITU August 2012 Mobile communications have become in less than two decades omnipresent in all countries reaching out to the most isolated and underserved populations in developed and developing countries alike At the end of 2011 there were more than 5 9 billion mobile cellular telephone subscriptions By the same point in 2013 we expect such subscriptions to outnumber the global population In the midst of this telecommunication revolution however populations of senior citizens and persons living with disabilities have been left out due to accessibility factors complex human interfaces difficult to understand and activate for persons with cognitive impairments or learning disabilities lack of alternative communications for persons living with low vision blind hard of hearing or deaf or quite often handset ergonomics too difficult for persons with physical disabilities such as dexterity or mobility limitations This report contains references to the new legislative and regulatory framework set by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities an important resource for policy makers It also covers practical elements required for a successful implementation of those programs and policies Available in the following formats Download PDF English version Download PDF French version Download PDF Arabic version Download PDF Chinese version Download PDF Spanish version Download PDF Russian version Read the Press Release associated with this publication Making Television Accessible This report has been prepared by Peter Olaf Looms Chairman ITU T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility in cooperation with G3ict November 2011 Ensuring that all of the world s population has access to television services is one of the targets set by world leaders in the World Summit on the Information Society Television is important for enhancing national identity providing an outlet for domestic media content and getting news and information to the public which is especially critical in times of emergencies Television programmes are also a principal source of news and information for illiterate segments of the population some of whom are persons with disabilities In addition broadcasting can serve important educational purposes by transmitting courses and other instructional material The emphasis of this report is on making digital media accessible This report identifies accessibility solutions for media executives regulators and policy makers pay TV operators consumer electronics manufacturers sales outlets as well as disabled persons organizations The goal of this report is to assist ITU members to take the necessary steps to ensure that persons with disabilities can enjoy their CRPD right to access TV Available in the following formats Download PDF English version Download PDF Polish version Download PDF Arabic version Download PDF Chinese version Download PDF French version Download PDF Spanish version Download PDF Russian version Accessibility of Social Networking Services Discapnet s Observatory on ICT Accessibility has been carrying out sectoral studies on the accessibility of Web portals since 2004 This December 2010 report by Discapnet Technosite and Fundacion ONCE surveys present status of accessibility to social networking services for persons with disabilities Anybody with access to Internet and basic knowledge of how to use such tools is a potential user of social networking services It is therefore a duty of the managers of such services to ensure accessibility both to the services themselves and to the information they generate under equal conditions for all users including people with functional diversity The study on the Accessibility of Social Networking Services on Internet carried out by the Observatory offers a panorama of the current level of accessibility of the most widespread social networking services in Spain with the aim of providing their managers with a diagnosis to help them improve accessibility and their users with a breakdown of what each service has to offer Related Blog Social Media and Accessibility by Debra Ruh Read Here ICTs in Education for People with Disabilities UNESCO IITE and the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education The Practice Review ICTs in Education for People with Disabilities has been published as part of the IITE ICTs in Education Best Practices series How Information and Communication Technology ICT can be used in the most effective ways for education of people with disabilities is currently high on the political agendas of all countries particularly those who have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities CRPD 2006 A number of the general principles included in the CRPD are directly linked to UNESCO s mandate In this context the application of ICT is very important as it plays an essential role in supporting high quality education for learners with disabilities With this in mind the UNESCO Institute for Information Technology in Education UNESCO IITE and the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education the Agency agreed in 2010 to combine their expertise in this field and collaborate on the development of a Review of innovative practice The intention for the review was to build on findings from past work notably UNESCO IITE s activities in this area and in particular ICTs in Education for People with Special Needs Specialized Training Course 2006 and the Agency s ICT in Special Needs Education project related work Shifting Perspectives Opening Up Museums and Galleries to Blind and Partially Sighted People Shifting Perspectives Opening up museums and galleries to blind and partially sighted people a research initiative of CultureLink supported by RNIB 2011 The museum experience of disabled people is beginning to be talked of as a human and cultural right Indeed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified by the UK in 2009 recognises the right of disabled people to take part in culture on equal terms This is a major shift Shifting Perspectives seeing disabled people as part of the design solution and not the problem will renew museums This user focused report gives a step by step approach to making cultural institutions accessible to the blind and partially sighted people e Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities The e Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities is based upon the online ITU G3ict e Accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities www e accessibilitytoolkit org which was released in February 2010 The Toolkit and its companion handbook have contributions from more than 60 experts around the world on ICT accessibility and is a most valuable addition to policy makers and regulators advocacy and research organisations and persons with disabilities on the implementation of the ICT dispositions of the CRPD The handbook is a joint publication of ITU G3ict and the Centre for Internet and Society in cooperation with The Hans Foun da tion The book is com piled and edit ed by Nir mi ta Narasimhan Preface by Dr Hamadoun I Toure Sec re tary Gen er al In ter na tion al Telecom mu ni ca tion Union Introduction by Dr Sami Al Basheer Di rec tor ITU D Foreword by Axel Leblois Ex ec u tive Di rec tor G3ict Braille and Daisy formats available here http g3ict org resource center e Accessibility 20Policy 20Handbook Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF Data Enabled Travel How Geo Data Can Support Inclusive Transportation Tourism and Navigation through Communities This report explains what we have learned about the potential of geo data for accessible travel It also offers suggestions to interested stake holders about next steps toward the realization of this potential This report is a result of discussions that took place in July 2010 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the White House Participants of the discussion were asked to focus on the challenge of more accessible travel transportation and tourism by applying geo data User needs should form the basis of any initiative aimed at improving transportation information services for people with disabilities In the field of assistive technologies mobile devices have emerged as a champion for accomodating user needs Mobile technology has helped inform and empower citizens of all ages and abilities to accomplish safe and independent travel around our country Accessibility Innovation and Sustainability at AT T A G3ict White Paper Documenting How Mobile Service Providers Can Serve Persons with Disabilities and Seniors In order to promote the business practices required to provide accessible and assistive mobile equipment and services to persons with disabilities G3ict requested that AT T opens its doors to review and document its internal R D and business processes for the benefit all interested parties Read more National Accessibility Standard in the Russian Federation A First Step toward Creating a Barrier Free Internet by Anatoliy D Popko Head of the Information Technology Department Rehacomp on Governmental Institution of Professional Rehabilitation and Training of the All Russian Society of the Blind Anatoliy J Kamynin Founder and Administrator of the Tiflocomp ru portal a leading Russian Internet resource on Adaptive Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired April 2010 Reproduced with the kind permission from the Information Society Magazine translated from Russian to English by UNIC Moscow UNESCO Consultative Meeting on Mainstreaming ICTs for Persons With Disabilities to Access Information and Knowledge UNESCO in cooperation with the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies G3ict conducted a consultative expert meeting to discuss how UNESCO could assist its Member States in facilitating social inclusion of persons with disabilities through information and communication technologies ICTs Eighty nine countries have ratifi ed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD committing them to ensuring that persons with disabilities enjoy all human rights on an equal basis A number of the general principles included in the CRPD are directly linked to UNESCO s mandate In order to facilitate the implementation process of the CRPD UNESCO in cooperation with the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies G3ict organized a consultative meeting on 22 23 February 2010 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris This report provides an overview of the background and rationale for this meeting and a description of the process for and content of this meeting is well as the outcomes of this meeting and their implications for action by UNESCO AGE ANEC EDF Response to the European Commission s Communication Towards an Accessible Information Society COM 2008 804 final AGE ANEC EDF Response to the European Commission s Communication Towards an Accessible Information Society ICT have a crucial role to play in everyday life of consumers of all ages and abilities and are gateways to education work and leisure Therefore AGE the European Older People s Platform ANEC the European consumer voice in standardisation and the European Disability Forum EDF are responding to the European Commission EC s Communication Towards an accessible information society The Accessibility Imperative The Accessibility Imperative is the first attempt made to present in one comprehensive volume the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in matters of accessibility to Information and Communication Technologies The Convention at large and more specifically its Article 9 creates the first universal framework specifically addressing these issues which affect over 600 000 000 persons living with disabilities worldwide Order a hard copy of this book today Available in DAISY Format Please note The link takes you to the webpage of the Danish National Library To access the DAISY version click on Afspil play button You will be redirected to a new window tab with the online player The redirect should happen within a few seconds if this does not happen try to press the Afspil Play button on the redirect page The Accessibility Imperative is the first attempt made to present in one comprehensive volume the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in matters of accessibility to Information and Communication Technologies The Convention at large and more specifically its Article 9 creates the first universal framework specifically addressing these issues which affect over 600 000 000 persons living with disabilities worldwide This book was developed based upon the proceedings of the first Global Forum of the G3ict the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on March 26 2007 It presents the perspective of multiple stakeholders from all regions of the world and from a variety of backgrounds industry policy makers international institutions academia and non governmental organizations representing persons living with disabilities Additional editorial content was contributed to G3ict and included in this first edition from meetings held in Russia Korea and the United States during the Spring of 2007 With 129 countries having signed the Convention as of May 2008 the scope of legislative and regulatory work which will take place over the next few years in matters of ICT accessibility is considerable This first edition will be the first reference made available to policy makers and their many constituents to facilitate the process of identifying the best path towards effective implementation of the Convention Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF G3ict ITU Toolkit for Policy Makers on e Accessibility Service Needs for Persons with Disabilities Table of Contents Designed to provide a comprehensive online resource for all stakeholders involved in implementing the digital accessibility agenda of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities the G3ict ITU Toolkit is making good progress towards completion by the end of March 2009 The Toolkit was announced jointly by G3ict and ITU on April 21 2008 The complete table of contents of the Toolkit can be downloaded here G3ict ITU Toolkit for Policy Makers Goals and Objectives ITU D and G3ict announced at their joint

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    maintain and use ICT that is accessible to and usable by people with disabilities and others US Office of Disability Employment Policy February 2012 As technology continues to transform the workplace demand is growing for the development purchase maintenance and use of information and communication technology ICT that is accessible to and usable by all applicants and employees including individuals with disabilities Leading companies recognize that fostering an accessible workplace is the smart thing to do both from a business standpoint and a legal perspective The paper also includes a comprehensive Benchmarking Tool llocated in the Appendix which companies could use to conduct a self assessment and create their own corporate wide comprehensive strategic plan affirmative action program where applicable including accountability mechanisms and methods for ensuring continuous improvement This Benchmarking Tool is organized in accordance with the key components of an Accessible ICT Strategic Plan outlined herein Caption Accuracy Metrics Project Research into Automated Error Ranking of Real time Captions in Live Television News Programs Caption Accuracy Metrics Project report is produced by The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH NCAM Authors Tom Apone Brad Botkin Marcia Brooks and Larry Goldberg September 2011 Real time captioned news is a lifeline service for people who are deaf or hard of hearing providing critical information about their local communities national events and emergencies The project scope was to develop an industry standard approach to measuring caption quality and use language processing tools to create an automated caption accuracy assessment tool for real time captions on live news programming ILO Report Disability in the Workplace Employers Organizations and Business Networks Employers organizations and business networks can play a major role in providing technical advice and services that help employers to hire manage and retain employees with disabilities ILO Bureau for Employers Activities and Skills and Employability Department 2011 Disability in the Workplace Employers Organizations and Business Networks provides insights into how representative organizations of business address the issue of disability The practices described in these examples demonstrate how such organizations are well placed to link business interests and the productive integration of people with disabilities in the labour market At a moment when countries are rapidly ratifying and seeking to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities a comprehensive human rights convention for people with disabilities there are increasing needs to provide inspiration and guidance for businesses Disability in the Workplace Employers Organizations and Business Networks responds to an emerging body of information that supports the business case for hiring people with disabilities and the interest of companies to maintain diverse workforces ILO Report Disability in the Workplace Company Practices Disability in the Workplace Company Practices describes the contemporary experiences of 25 companies and their work on the issue of disability ILO Bureau for Employers Activities and Skills and Employability Department 2010 Disability in the Workplace Company Practices is timely for many reasons It comes in the wake of a major global economic crisis yet the companies profiled have nevertheless given strength to their disability and diversity initiatives It provides inspiration and guidance to companies at a time when countries are ratifying and seeking to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities a comprehensive human rights Convention for people with disabilities that will require some changes in national policies and practices related to work and employment Disability in the Workplace Company Practices also responds to an emerging body of information that supports the business case for hiring people with disabilities and the interest of companies to maintain diverse workforces Universal Service for Persons with Disabilities Universal Service for Persons with Disabilities A Global Survey of Policy Interventions and Good Practices by The Centre for Internet Society India and G3ict December 2011 Universal Service definitions have been developed by 125 countries and are the foundation for policies and programs ensuring that telecommunications are available to all categories of population Universal service funds are the main vehicle used to fund those programs primarily addressing imbalances such as lack of availability of services in rural areas While geographic coverage has vastly improved over the past decade with wireless infrastructure the scope of Universal Service has expanded to include other categories of underserved populations This report aims to serve as a useful reference for policy makers operators organizations of persons with disabilities and as a framework for good practice sharing among countries currently implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities See a detailed content review here http cis india org accessibility universal service for persons with disabilities M Enabling Summit 2011 Official Show Guide Official Show Guide for the Inaugural Edition of the M Enabling Summit 2011 Global Conference and Showcase for Mobile Applications and Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities 5 6 December 2011 The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor Washington D C The M Enabling Summit 5 6 December 2011 Global Summit and Showcase for Mobile Applications and Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities is the first global program solely dedicated to participants in the emerging ecosystem for mobile accessible and assistive technologies applications and services Visit event website at http www m enabling com Making Television Accessible This report has been prepared by Peter Olaf Looms Chairman ITU T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility in cooperation with G3ict November 2011 Ensuring that all of the world s population has access to television services is one of the targets set by world leaders in the World Summit on the Information Society Television is important for enhancing national identity providing an outlet for domestic media content and getting news and information to the public which is especially critical in times of emergencies Television programmes are also a principal source of news and information for illiterate segments of the population some of whom are persons with disabilities In addition broadcasting can serve important educational purposes by transmitting courses and other instructional material The emphasis of this report is on making digital media accessible This report identifies accessibility solutions for media executives regulators and policy makers pay TV operators consumer electronics manufacturers sales outlets as well as disabled persons organizations The goal of this report is to assist ITU members to take the necessary steps to ensure that persons with disabilities can enjoy their CRPD right to access TV Available in the following formats Download PDF English version Download PDF Polish version Download PDF Arabic version Download PDF Chinese version Download PDF French version Download PDF Spanish version Download PDF Russian version Addressing the Proposed WIPO International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities Recommendation or Mandatory Treaty The Information Society Project at Yale Law School Releases White Paper Addressing the Proposed WIPO International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities This Working Paper addresses the proposed WIPO International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for Persons with Print Disabilities The authors conclude that if WIPO wants to achieve compliance this proposed instrument should be binding hard law Enacting this agreement as soft law would undermine the goal of making copyrighted works accessible to persons with print disabilities Authors Margot Kaminski Yale University Yale Information Society Project Yale University Information Society Project Yale University Law School Shlomit Yanisky Ravid Yale Law School ONO Academic College Yale University Information Society Project Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion Through the Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion initiative the U S Chamber of Commerce and the US Business Leadership Network USBLN invited business leaders to share their successful disability inclusion strategies September 2011 While businesses sometimes encounter serious challenges as they seek to implement inclusion strategies many employers have overcome these hurdles with robust and creative practices Through the Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion initiative the U S Chamber of Commerce and the US Business Leadership Network USBLN invited business leaders to share their successful disability inclusion strategies This publication highlights successful strategies that can be used by businesses of all sizes to create a more inclusive workplace marketplace and supply chain Real life examples such as these are important to help businesses realize the wide range of opportunities available and the potential for replicating success FCC EAAC Report on Emergency Calling for Persons with Disabilities 2011 This report presented by the Emergency Access Advisory Committee EAAC established by the Federal Communications Commission FCC contains the findings of an in depth review and analysis of a national survey of persons with disabilities conducted by the EAAC in accordance with The Twenty first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 This report presented by the Emergency Access Advisory Committee EAAC established by the Federal Communications Commission FCC or Commission contains the findings of an in depth review and analysis of a national survey of persons with disabilities conducted by the EAAC in accordance with The Twenty First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 CVAA signed into law by President Obama on 8 October 2010 The CVAA requires the Commission to take various steps to ensure that people with disabilities have access to emerging communications technologies in the 21st century The Commission established the EAAC in accordance with the CVAA which directs that an advisory committee be established within 60 days after the date of enactment for the purpose of achieving equal access to emergency services by individuals with disabilities as part of our nation s migration to a national Internet protocol enabled emergency network also known as the next generation 9 1 1 system Sightsavers Policy Paper Making Inclusive Education a Reality Sightsavers policy paper Making Inclusive Education a Reality comprehensively discusses the merits of incorporating inclusive education in mainstream schools for children with visual impairment within the broader context of universal access to education Sightsavers policy paper Making Inclusive Education a Reality comprehensively discusses the merits of incorporating inclusive education in mainstream schools for children with visual impairment within the broader context of universal access to education All people have a right to education There is no single model for ensuring that ducation is inclusive and approaches continue to evolve Inclusive education is an approach that ensures the presence participation and achievement of all students in education This may be in formal schools or in non formal places of learning such as extra curricular clubs and humanitarian camps Sightsavers aim is to see increased access to an education system that fully meets the needs of visually impaired children and enables them to become productive and fulfilled members of society whilst working to ensure that all disabled children have the opportunity to receive a quality education within a wider education system This policy paper was written by Juliette Myers and Sunit Bagree Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF e Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities The e Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities is based upon the online ITU G3ict e Accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities www e accessibilitytoolkit org which was released in February 2010 The Toolkit and its companion handbook have contributions from more than 60 experts around the world on ICT accessibility and is a most valuable addition to policy makers and regulators advocacy and research organisations and persons with disabilities on the implementation of the ICT dispositions of the CRPD The handbook is a joint publication of ITU G3ict and the Centre for Internet and Society in cooperation with The Hans Foun da tion The book is com piled and edit ed by Nir mi ta Narasimhan Preface by Dr Hamadoun I Toure Sec re tary Gen er al In ter na tion al Telecom mu ni ca tion Union Introduction by Dr Sami Al Basheer Di rec tor ITU D Foreword by Axel Leblois Ex ec u tive Di rec tor G3ict Braille and Daisy formats available here http g3ict org resource center e Accessibility 20Policy 20Handbook Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility Download PDF Accessibility Innovation and Sustainability at AT T A G3ict White Paper Documenting How Mobile Service Providers Can Serve Persons with Disabilities and Seniors In order to promote the business practices required to provide accessible and assistive mobile equipment and services to persons with disabilities G3ict requested that AT T opens its doors to review and document its internal R D and business processes for the benefit all interested parties Read more UNESCO Consultative Meeting on Mainstreaming ICTs for Persons With Disabilities to Access Information and Knowledge UNESCO in cooperation with the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies G3ict conducted a consultative expert meeting to discuss how UNESCO could assist its Member States in facilitating social inclusion of persons with disabilities through information and communication technologies ICTs Eighty nine countries have ratifi ed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD committing them to ensuring that persons with disabilities enjoy all human rights on an equal basis A number of the general principles included in the CRPD are directly linked to UNESCO s mandate In order to facilitate the implementation process of the CRPD UNESCO in cooperation with the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies G3ict organized a consultative meeting on 22 23 February 2010 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris This report provides an overview of the background and rationale for this meeting and a description of the process for and content of this meeting is well as the outcomes of this meeting and their implications for action by UNESCO Public Procurement of Accessible ICTs Training Workshop Presentation Public procurement is the process used by public agencies to acquire goods services works and other supplies The use of procurement policies as a social justice vehicle is a modern development in government contract agreements Compiled by Cynthia D Waddell ITU Senior Accessibility Consultant Executive Director International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet this training workshop presentation was given at the Asia Pacific Regional Forum on Mainstreaming ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities organized by ITU and ESCAP in Bangkok Thailand 25 27 August 2009 Accessibility Criteria Defined by Voluntary French Charter in French Wireless Phones Survey of Users Needs Georgia Tech Wireless RERC This is the second in a series of annual reports based on data collected from the Survey of User Needs SUN an ongoing survey conducted by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies Wireless RERC The original Survey of User Needs SUN1 0 was conducted from 2001 2006 with more than 1200 people responding to that survey In 2007 the SUN was revised and data collection began with version 2 0 in April 2007 By December 2007 over 1200 participants had completed SUN 2 0 A year later another 348 respondents had completed the survey for a total of 1556 1406 respondents reported one or more functional limitations such as difficulty in learning or remembering difficulty in doing manual tasks or difficulty in seeing or hearing Download the report for survey findings AGE ANEC EDF Response to the European Commission s Communication Towards an Accessible Information Society COM 2008 804 final AGE ANEC EDF Response to the European Commission s Communication Towards an Accessible Information Society ICT have a crucial role to play in everyday life of consumers of all ages and abilities and are gateways to education work and leisure Therefore AGE the European Older People s Platform ANEC the European consumer voice in standardisation and the European Disability Forum EDF are responding to the European Commission EC s Communication Towards an accessible information society The Accessibility Imperative The Accessibility Imperative is the first attempt made to present in one comprehensive volume the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in matters of accessibility to Information and Communication Technologies The Convention at large and more specifically its Article 9 creates the first universal framework specifically addressing these issues which affect over 600 000 000 persons living with disabilities worldwide Order a hard copy of this book today Available in DAISY Format Please note The link takes you to the webpage of the Danish National Library To access the DAISY version click on Afspil play button You will be redirected to a new window tab with the online player The redirect should happen within a few seconds if this does not happen try to press the Afspil Play button on the redirect page The Accessibility Imperative is the first attempt made to present in one comprehensive volume the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in matters of accessibility to Information and Communication Technologies The Convention at large and more specifically its Article 9 creates the first universal framework specifically addressing these issues which affect over 600 000 000 persons living with disabilities worldwide This book was developed based upon the proceedings of the first Global Forum of the G3ict the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on March 26 2007 It presents the perspective of multiple stakeholders from all regions of the world and from a variety of backgrounds industry policy makers international institutions academia and non governmental organizations representing persons living with disabilities Additional editorial content was contributed to G3ict and included in this first edition from meetings held in Russia Korea and the United States during the Spring of 2007 With 129 countries having signed the Convention as of May 2008 the scope of legislative and regulatory work which will take place over the next few years in matters of ICT accessibility is considerable This first edition will be the first reference made available to policy makers and their many constituents to facilitate the process of identifying the best path towards effective implementation of the Convention Related Publication G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT 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