Global Internet access for persons with disabilities

16 November 2009 - A Workshop on Access in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt


The workshop is organized as an activity of the Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD). This year the ITU will organize two workshops: one on the «Global Internet access for persons with disabilities» (workshop no. 110), is organized in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union; the second one will be focused on the best practices for web accessibility «Best practices for an Accessible Web» (workshop forum no. 540). Both workshops will highlight the necessity to make the Internet accessible to all, regardless of individual capabilities of different users.


ITU is one of the founder Members of the DCAD. The aim of the DCAD is to facilitate interaction between relevant bodies, and ensure that ICT accessibility is included in the key debates around Internet Governance in order to build a future where all sectors of the global community have equal access to the Information Society.


Organized by ITU and EBU




Malcolm Johnson, Director, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau


  • Introduction
  • Andrea Saks, DCAD Coordinator: “Introduction: What are the key issues, plan, and purposes of the Session”
  • What are the access challenges to meet?
  • Arnoud Van Wijk, Real-Time Text Taskforce (R3TF): “Real-Time Text, a major leap forward for accessible internet for people who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing”
  • Arun Mehta, Special Kid (SKID): “Challenges for those with mental disabilities”
  • Interactive discussion with the audience
  • Media content for persons with disabilities
  • David Wood, European Broadcasting Union: “Editorial aspects, range of types of content which could help those with disabilities”
  • Dipendra Manocha, Daisy Consortium: “Daisy Consortium, Digital Accessible information System for persons with print disabilities and non written languages”
  • Interactive discussion with the audience


  • Break – 10 minutes


  • Session 2:
  • The United Nations Convention for Persons with Disabilities
  • Cynthia Waddell, International Centre for Disability Resources on the Internet: “What is the UN Convention? How does it impact the Internet”
  • Nirmita Narasimhan, Center for Internet and Society: “Accessibility Policy making - An international perspective”


  • Interactive discussion with the audience


  • Specific Measures
  • Fernando Botelho, Literacy Bridge – Mais Diferenças: “Developing countries affordability”
  • Gerard Ellis, Feel The BenefIT: “The Economic Imperative of Social Inclusion”


  • Interactive discussion with the audience


  • Summary: Jonathan Charles, Andrea Saks, David Wood


Jonathan Charles, BBC World