Accessible Inclusion for All

25 October 2013 - A Workshop on Access in Bali, Indonesia

Internet Governance Forum 2013

Workshop # 38 Report

Accessible Inclusion for All

Organizer Name 

Gaspari Alexandra

Organizer Entity 

ITU - DCAD Secretariat

Workshop Theme 

Other

Consise description 

 

 

Description of the workshop DCAD/BAPSI: “Accessible Inclusion For All Abilities and All Ages, Access for Persons who fall between the cracks”

 

Corporations having saturated the market with insufficiently accessible technology should now look at persons who are still excluded from information and communication technologies (ICTs) as the next potential market of customers. It has been proven that if technology is usable for Persons with Disabilities, it will be more useful to all.

 

 This workshop will present some information regarding progress and problems in achieving access in the areas of telecommunications and ICTs, including skills, training, digital television/IPTV, multilingual diversity, as well as ensuring access to services which require increased bandwidth. The Dynamic Coalition for Accessibility and Disability, in joining together with the Bidirectional Access Promotion Society, hopes to inspire solutions to be created and to give some solutions that have already been implemented.

 

For persons who are blind or deaf, technology has been a boon, but also an obstacle. People with multiple disabilities are being left behind, like the deaf blind. By giving far greater access to ICTs everybody can be included in e-government, e-health and the society at large.

 

Governments would see benefits because greater participation in society - through ICTs - would dramatically reduce the cost of delivery of information to all users, including the illiterate, senior citizens, rural inhabitants and persons with disabilities.

 

As an example, currently many websites for employment and education are inaccessible and application forms are inaccessible, therefore impossible to be filled out by persons with multiple disabilities.

 

Remote participation at meetings with the technology and tools that are currently available are often inconsistently inaccessible.

 

There is a need for raising awareness and a plan to bring the millions of persons with multiple disabilities into the world of ICTs, to mainstream affordable assistive technologies which are currently exorbitantly expensive.

 

DCAD and BAPSI strive to make the members of IGF more aware and more able to help fulfil this goal.

 

 

List of confirmed speakers and title of presentations:

 

1              Andrea Saks, DCAD Coordinator, Remote participation? Not as easy as it sounds or seen by Persons with Disabilities

 

2              Arun Mehta, Bapsi, India, Closing the gaps, one at a time

 

3              Gerry Ellis, Feel The Benefit, Ireland, Mobile Accessibility drives agile social and economic benefits

 

4              Shadi Abou-Zhara, W3C, Austria, Referencing and Applying W3C standard WCAG 2.0 in 
Different Contexts" for web accessibility

 

5              Fernando Botelho, F123, Brazil, Low cost accessible distance education for the blind

 

6              Dipendra Manocha, DAISY Consortium, Where are the gaps and how can we plug these for 
persons who cannot read normal print

 

7              Jorge Plano, ISOC, Argentina, Importance for older persons to be able to access to Internet. Are they being left behind?

 

Due to space constraint, the complete abstract description is being submitted as background document

 

 

Agenda 

Welcome and introduction to the joint DCAD/BAPSI workshop by Ms Andrea Saks DCAD Coordinator and by Arun Mehta, BAPSI President: "Accessible Inclusion For All Abilities and All Ages, Access for Persons who fall between the cracks”. The experts participating to the workshop will present the following topics: 1 Andrea Saks, DCAD Coordinator, Remote participation? Not as easy as it sounds or seen by Persons with Disabilities 2 Arun Mehta, Bapsi, India, Closing the gaps, one at a time 3 Gerry Ellis, Feel The Benefit, Ireland, Mobile Accessibility drives agile social and economic benefits 4 Shadi Abou-Zhara, W3C, Austria, Referencing and Applying W3C standard WCAG 2.0 in Different Contexts" for web accessibility 5 Fernando Botelho, F123, Brazil, Low cost accessible distance education for the blind 6 Dipendra Manocha, DAISY Consortium, Where are the gaps and how can we plug these for persons who cannot read normal print 7 Jorge Plano, ISOC, Argentina, Importance for older persons to be able to access to Internet. Are they being left behind?

Moderator 

Andrea Saks

Remote Moderator 

Deirdre Williams

Have you organized workshops at previous IGFs?

Yes

Workshop format 

Panel

Workshop Transcript 

Transcript

Brief substantive summary of the workshop and presentation of the main issues that were raised during the discussions 

This workshop was to discuss the inclusion of persons with disabilites in the use of 
the internet , ICTs and internet governance. The subjects were varied and diversifed
 from a report on the high level meeting at the UN of the Millennium goals and  education
 to include persons with disabilites. The workshop also included procurement with Person with 
diabilties in mind.  There was  a presentation on the difficuty of remote participation for person
disabilities, one referencing and applying W3C standard and one on haptic communication and the deaf-blind.

Conclusions drawn from the workshop and further comments 

 

There were no uniform conclusions  drawn as there were many subjects but it was
 clear that some of the participants who were persons with disabilites 
 could not participate remotely  successfully and we lost two presentations. Since this
 was one of the subjects delivered by one of the participants and perhaps 
the main point of the DCAD workshop.  Digital inclusion in the IGF process for persons
 with disabilites is still not done with persons who are not persons with disabilites.   And Why does not the form below ask the questions about persons with disabilities?  This was unfortunately a problem throughout the meetings.  DCAD will be producing a report to help rectify this problem.

 

Reported by 

Andrea Saks, DCAD Coordinator

Estimate the overall number of women participants present at the session 

About half of the participants were women

To what extent did the session discuss gender equality and/or women's empowerment? 


It was not seen as related to the session theme and was not raised

Discussion affecting gender equality and women's empowerment 

None and no applicable and where are persons with disabilities?

Workshops Staticals 
Number of FEMALE participantsNumber of MALE participantsNumber of Young participantsNumber of Developing Countries ParticipantsNumber of Developed Countries ParticipantsNumber of LDCs participantsNumber of TOTAL Participants
0 0 0 1 6 0 0