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    30 2014 at the UN House in Moscow Among those present were members of the UN agencies experts and representatives of business organizations educational institutions and community associations working in the field of equal opportunities for all and a fuller involvement of people with disabilities in social life The meeting discussed a wide range of issues concerning the rights of disabled persons and the availability of information resources Discussion of results of the Second International Conference Linguistic rights of the deaf held in Moscow on May 20 22 2014 http deaflinguisticconference2014 voginfo ru material html Preparing for the Moscow International Seminar on ICT accessibility May 2015 in the framework of the upcoming summit on mobile technologies the 2015 M Enabling Summit June 1 2 The project of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education a creative laboratory Hackathon Technology Equal Opportunities http incluhack te st ru http te st ru 2014 09 18 incluhack results Analyst in the field of underground infrastructure for persons with disabilities and the project for the establishment of information services http metro4all org ru The new social program of the mobile operator Beeline initiatives to support customers with disabilities http yatebyaponimayu rf MSTU Bauman program to support projects of social entrepreneurship in solving the problems of people with disabilities Technology possibilities http social bmstu ru p 414 Preparation activities for the charity of the international dance festival Inclusive Dance http www inclusive dance ru Meeting of the Group of Friends came saturated in terms of the exchange of views on the current trends in the field of human rights and more opportunities for people with disabilities Participants agreed on a series of new initiatives to advance who will work in the coming months The original event overview in Russian can be viewed here Related

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_523 (2016-02-11)
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    Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Moscow Dmitry Satin Advisor to the Minister of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation Daniel Novichkov Internet Projects Head of the Open Government Project Center Anatoly Popko Development Director of Elite Group company Denis Kuleshov Head of Laboratory for Training and Research of Methodological Center for Professional Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities Bauman Moscow State Technical University The survey s launch was attended by over 100 persons including social workers representatives of educational and cultural institutions members of the business community activists from NGOs of the disabled people of Tver region The discussion revolved around the workable solutions and best practices globally and locally Regarding the situation of persons with disabilities in the Tver Region the hosts noted that the essence of local authorities policies aimed at promoting the rights of the disabled is collaboration with non governmental associations There is a Coordination Council for Social Security of Persons with Disabilities which successfully operates under the regional government More and more institutions across the province have been recently opening their doors to people with special needs The provision of services have visibly improved there of late which gives people with disabilities wider opportunities to attend social and cultural events and to use public transportation Information supply and access to ICTs for persons with disabilities is being expanded through social partnership practices The Tver region s inclusion into a pilot project of the state programme Accessible Environment for 2011 2015 has become a tangible outcome of the authorities positive disposition towards disability NGOs Knowledgeable speakers availability of first hand expertise in the audience these factors combined to make the launch a highly substantive event The Russian translation of the 2013 ICT Accessibility Progress Report is now available at the site

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_510 (2016-02-11)
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    accessible ICTs Then the UNIC staff offered their comments on the nature and the main findings and conclusions of the authors of the publication We explained that promoting in this country in Russian G3ict generated and other materials on electronic accessibility was the most natural way for the UN agencies to contribute to the current debate on the right of the disabled to education to work etc in the wake of the ratification by the Russian Federation of the milestone UN Convention We also emphasized that the business angle of the electronic accessibility issue was very important yet one of the least explored in this country hence our choice of the publication to translate The discussion that followed provided a true value added as long as most participants be they disabled or not had a very extensive exposure in one way or another to a range of problems faced by the people with special needs in the Russian Federation and elsewhere in the world The exchange benefitted greatly from the comments made by Dmitry Satin Advisor to the Minister of Communications Oleg Shevkun Editor in Chief of the radio station of the National Society of the blind and visually impaired people Julia Sarviro of Microsoft Russia Daniel Novichkov of W3C Russian Office and others Although we have had quote a history of successful publications on friendly ICTs the accessibility of web technologies solutions for mobile phones etc yesterday s presentation was somewhat particular The point is the White Paper deals with a range of issues such as e PUB 3 0 and electronic publishing the accessibility of electronic school books and others which are at an early stage of domestication in Russian society at large The general agreement was such meeting and discussions of this kind should continue Several practical

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_465 (2016-02-11)
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    dimension bearing in mind a host of modern notions such as universal design and assistive technologies The aim of the study was to review and assess the current accessibility status of websites that people with disabilities in Russia might use as part of their daily lives http www unic ru sites default files Accessibility of Runet 2013 pdf The document summarizes the testing results of 20 selected Russian websites government services telecommunications players private sector including banking and social media The concluding part of the study includes the gist of the research a list of the most typical flaws that make websites inaccessible and analyzes the systemic gaps The authors state with concern that none of the tested websites meets the level of Single A accessibility according to the international standard WCAG 2 0 The experts also stressed the importance of developing a modern legislative framework fit for all people with special needs without exception During the presentation the authors focused on recent trends and lessons learned in addressing the issue of cyber accessibility both in Russia and globally The event held at the press centre of the Russian Ministry of Communications also saw participants discussing the local policy making and the applicability of WCAG which is being domesticated in Russia The common conclusion it is high time to establish in Russia a legal framework and adequate policies in the area of digital accessibility that meet CRPD criteria The task force offered to carry on the project and to involve government agencies and civil society organizations in order to implement the Convention s dispositions on accessible and assistive ICTs Download the Document View the original blog post on UNIC ru Image Press centre of the Russian Ministry of Communications Image left to right Mr Alexey Lyubimov Research associate at the

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_433 (2016-02-11)
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    taking the lead This Centre accomplished the bulk of arrangements associated with the translation and proofreading of the document while our partners provided the funding plus the World Bank offered to host the launch ceremony The Russian version of the report appeared as an electronic PDF document which can be easily shared via Internet We also produced a pilot print run of hard copies to be forwarded to the main stakeholders Taking part in the ceremony on Wednesday were some 65 representatives of government agencies businessmen experts in ICT accessibility human rights activists colleagues of international organizations and the media In his opening remarks Mikal Rutkovsky Country Director of the World Bank said that persons with disabilities faced widespread barriers or lack of accessibility in built environments transportation and information and communications including relevant ICT technologies Accessibility he stressed is essential for the realization of human rights and achievement of internationally agreed development goals for all Introducing the report Alexandre Gorelik Director of the UNIC Moscow noted that while accessibility is particularly relevant to persons with disabilities it has implications and benefits for all In his words the Russian government should reconsider accessibility in the context of development and recognize it as a central and cross cutting issue essential to an equitable and inclusive society After describing the why of the UN Convention which strengthens the international normative framework for advancement of the rights and development of persons with disabilities he commented in detail on the survey The good news he stressed is that mobile operators around the world are already successively assisting people with special needs making a good business case to promoting accessibility beyond compliance with laws and regulations While Russia fares well globally in the realm of modern ICT this trend is not growing fast enough locally to foster badly needed participation and inclusion Then Vincenzo Trani Chairman of the Board of Directors Concern General Invest pointed out that technological advances have brought both challenges and opportunities for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society Innovative approaches he said including through public private partnerships can play an important role in promoting accessibility After describing the situation on the Russian ICT market he concluded that going mobile has become the norm and this is affecting heavily the industry s behavior Many other speakers shared their views and experiences One focused on the business case for mobile solutions showing that major operators were able to expand their customer base Another one described his up and running project virtual remote console providing improved convenience comfort and security for the disabled and the elderly Yet another one spoke eloquently about his successful project delivering a valuable application for people affected by autism A participant commented on the situation in Russia s provinces where the proliferation of mobile devices is fostered by low tariffs A blind computer designer spoke about the need for improving current legislation in this country All in all the launch of the report was a complete success

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    Natalia Motina of the Federal Ministry of Labour stressed that the ratification was not an end of the road but rather the start of a process in which the country will review and harmonize its legislation and policies to ensure compliance with the Convention Members of the Group of Friends discussed outcomes of two significant international events which were held in Moscow earlier this month the Fourth conference on inclusive society Equal Rights Equal Opportunities and the second exhibition Integration Life Society Dwelling upon its lessons Olga Oreshkina and Yulia Saphonova experts of the Educational Centre for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities of the Moscow Bauman State Technological University drew the panel s attention to practical foreign experience in successfully adopting assistive technologies in education The exchange of views was quite substantive during a report by Mr Anatoly Popko Head of the IT Department of the All Russian Society of the Blind on his participation in the UN Expert Group meeting on Building Inclusive Society and Development through Promoting ICT Accessibility which took place in Tokyo Japan April 19 21 2012 In addition the meeting discussed several other topics UNESCO and ILO regional projects on establishing IT centers for visually impaired people in several CIS countries an electronic magazine for the disabled PRO Association the need to promote mobile services accessible for persons with disabilities in Russia the translation into Russian of G3ict report on mobile technologies and its public presentation at the end of summer were raised At the end of the meeting recommendations were formulated for joint actions to further policies and practices that facilitate social inclusion and advancement of persons with disabilities In particular participants agreed on steps to raise awareness of the Second Russian Congress for People with Special Needs which will be held in the

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    disabilities is still regrettably slow in Russia the audience lamented One guest said that the new framework draft law on education kept all the unfortunate barriers intact That said the pro disability community is working to improve the text Another speaker concentrated on issues of capability and legal capacity of persons with disabilities He stressed that the institution of guardianship has to be changed without further delay His points were picked up by other participants who stated that Russian Civil Code has to reflect changing attitudes in society The subject of family life was hotly discussed Speakers were of the opinion that a family support service needs to be introduced as soon as possible The task of educating parents was emphasized The audience unanimously felt that there is a need to promote a family centered model of rehabilitation Inclusive education was another important topic in the discussion Practical experience of several inclusive schools was shared and praised However experts agreed that inclusion has to be well prepared while any spontaneous initiatives are doomed to fail A video link connected the session with an audience in the city of Pskov Experts from this province shared with us their achievements and problems in the area of employment and development of the individual At the end of the meeting participants agreed to produce a summary of ideas proposals and conclusions that emerged in the course of the discussion and which reflect a wealth of unique knowledge that has to be put to use World Bank Moscow Office UNIC Moscow roundtable on Equal Rights for Persons with Down Syndrome Sergei Koloskov second from left Head of the Down Syndrome Society NGO making a comment back Related Items Breaking Down Barriers International Disability Film Festival UNIC Moscow Release Russian Version of G3ict ITU Research e

    Original URL path: http://g3ict.com/resource_center/newsletter/news/p/id_344 (2016-02-11)
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    which also included Nikolai Prianishnikov President of Microsoft Russia steered a debate on the development of the Information Society in the country s provinces The director concentrated his remarks on the topic of e accessibility for persons with special needs He said that an important follow up to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the country level is the task of establishing a legal framework and a political agenda in order to mainstream disability issues He also spoke about accessibility standards necessary partnerships among the key players and the goal of engaging the industry stakeholders from the private sector Close links with Microsoft Russia have been a positive factor in recent years for the UNIC Moscow outreach focused on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Microsoft Office the Microsoft Russia Annual Conference Moscow 9 Feb 2012 the Expert panel steering the debate at the opening session Microsoft Russia Annual Conference Moscow 9 Feb 2012 Alexandre Gorelik Director UNIC Moscow making a point at the conference Microsoft Russia Annual Conference Moscow 9 February 2012 general view Related Publication Web Accessibility Policy Making An International Perspective Revised Ed 2012 Download Here Related Blog The

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