Making Accessibility a Reality in Emerging Technologies

13 November 2007 - A Workshop on Diversity in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


This workshop, organized by ITU as part of the Internet Governance Forum, brings together experts from around the world to examine how best to take into account accessibility needs in emerging technologies. It highlights the history of accessibility adoption into technologies, debates the advantages of designing with accessibility in mind and gives examples of current activities to ensure emerging technologies meet accessibility requirements from their inception.


Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
International Telecommunication Union


Note: Biography, abstract and presentations of this workshop are found at:
Session moderator: Ms. Clara-Luz Alvarez


14:30-14:35 Welcome address, Malcolm Johnson, Director Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU
14:35-14:40 Opening up for new opportunities, Gunnar Hökmark, European Parliament
14:40-14:55 Accessibility for and with persons with disabilities, Clara-Luz Alvarez, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
14:55-15:10 Towards embedded accessibility in next generation telecom services, Gunnar Hellström, Omnitor
15:10-15:25 Technology Crossroad- Web Barriers or eInclusion?, Cynthia D. Waddell, The Internet Society Disability and Special Needs Chapter
15:25-15:40 Web accessibility: Standards and rewards, Jorge Plano, The Internet Society Argentina Chapter (ISOC-AR)
15:40-15:55 Overcoming accessibility challenges with multi-lingual multi-literacy speech technology, Steve Rondel, Conversay
15:55-16:00 ITU standards promote accessibility, Xiaoya Yang, Engineer, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU