Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability

4 September 2014 - A Dynamic Coalition on Other in Istanbul, Turkey



The goal of the face-to-face meeting of DCAD during IGF 2014 is to always continue to work toward the goal of ensuring that ICT accessibility is included in discussions related to Internet governance, aiming to create a future in which all users have equivalent access to the opportunities presented by ICTs globally. It is also to insure the IGF Secretariat and host countries improves their performance in the actually provision of accessibility of the ICT technology and physical environment at the annual meeting. 

The DCAD will continue to discuss how cooperation and collaboration with IGF can be improved and to alert IGF stakeholders of the importance of building a culture of accessibility awareness among the policy makers, regulators, standards developers, service providers and software and hardware manufacturers involved in telecommunications and ICTs. The paramount topic is now the improvement of remote participation for persons with disabilities in the meetings and for all who wish to participate at a distance.

The DCAD meeting will as it has done every year since the beginning of its inception, also discuss how to continue to assist the IGF Secretariat and other members of IGF, in making sure host countries conduct accessible meetings, in accessible premises, with accessible services for persons with disabilities, taking into account the improvements and the progress of the past years.

DCAD has been working on an updated version of the DCAD Accessibility Guidelines for accessible meetings and to present that updated document at the Final Plenary Session.

DCAD will as it has always done review the accessibility arrangements made by the host country and the outcomes from the DCAD/G3ict workshop “Multi-Stakeholder Engagement: Imperative for Web Accessibility” being held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Room 01.

There will be an opportunity for any other business to accommodate DCAD members to address other issues not foreseen at this time.

The Stakeholders to the discussion: 

Ms Andrea Saks, North America; Mr Emin Demirci, Host Country: Turkey; Mr Özgür Fatih Akpinar, Host Country: Turkey; Ms Francesca Cesa Bianchi, North America; Mr Nasser Kettani, Middle East and Africa; Mr Peter Major, Europe; Mr Shadi Abou-Zahra, Europe; Ms Judy Okite, Africa; Mr.Dipendra Manocha, Asia; Mr. Fernando Botelho, South America; Mr. Jorge Plano, South America; Mr. Gerry Ellis, Europe; Ms. Deirdre Williams, Europe; Ms Gunela Astbrink, Australasia; Ms Irmgarda Kasinskaite, Europe; Ms Cheryl Langdon-Orr, Australasia; ITU-BDT representative ( to be named.) and others who wish to participate as the meeting is open.

Remote moderator

Peter Major


Chairman: Andrea Saks, DCAD Coordinator 

Vice Chairman: Peter Major DCAD co-Coordinator

Remote moderators: Peter Major (confirmed)

Ginger Paque (to be confirmed)

1. Opening remarks and welcome 

2. Approval of the Agenda 

3. Review of Accessibility at this IGF meeting 

o Accessibility facilities at the IGF meeting 

o Accessibility web pages  and printed materials

o Hotel accommodation  and information for delegates 

o The  IGF registration form and process 

o Review of to the Internet facilities and connectivity

o Review of remote participation all aspects

4. Review the updated of the DCAD Accessibility Guidelines:

5. Funding of accessibility experts and IGF participants including remote moderators.

6. Discussion re the main sessions due they apply to accessibility

7. Review of DCAD activities at IGF 

o G3ict/DCAD joint workshop: 89 Multi-Stakeholder Engagement: Imperative for Web Accessibility

o Other workshops on accessibility.

8. Open forum of participants and DCAD members  

9. Future activities of DCAD for next year and how we proceed

10. Any other business

11. Closing

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