Web Accessability

17 November 2009 - A Best Practice Forum 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.

The Web is fundamentally designed to work for all people, whatever their hardware, software, language, culture, location, or physical or mental ability. When the Web meets this goal, it is accessible to people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive ability, and provides unprecedented opportunities for people with disabilities to equally participate in the information society.

This workshop explores best practices in Web accessibility including in standardization, implementation, and business case development. The goal is to promote one Web that is accessible for all users including people with disabilities.


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





  • Shadi Abou-Zahra and Judy Brewer, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI): “International Standards for Web Accessibility”
  • Dipendra Manocha, Daisy Consortium: “Digital Accessible Information on the Web”
  • Peter Major:“A Survey of Accessibility Errors on Homepages of Official Government Websites”


Mr. Jonathan Charles, BBC World