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?