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College Support for Students with Disabilities: Helping US Students Navigate Higher Education

Students with disabilities are afforded the same opportunities and rights as any college student, but knowing how to access available services, accommodations and support resources can be a challenge. This guide, published by the Center for Online Education, 2016, is a helpful resource for students with disabilities.

As a student with a disability, making the decision to attend college can be positive and life-changing. Most colleges recognize that qualified students with disabilities deserve equal educational access and benefits, and work to create a more inclusive environment that offers appropriate student services, advocacy, campus accessibility and academic support. This publication:
  • Outlines legal rights
  • Shows where and how to find assistance on campus
  • Provides an extensive list of websites, apps and software resources designed for students with disabilities.

The web-version of this resource guide is available here: http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/students-with-disabilities/.

Rise of the Real-Time Traveler: An exploration of trends and innovation in urban mobility

Rise of the Real-Time Traveler starts by exploring developments such as changing demographics, urbanization and the continuing integration of technology in our daily lives. The report shines a light on how these shifts impact travelers, from ride-sharing and trip planning to automotive design. Published under the 'Its America Series' by AT&T in September 2015.

Connected consumers, connected cars, and the platforms that power them mean individual travelers have new levels of transportation choice, greater insight into the real-time benefits and costs associated with these choices, and an enhanced engagement with their decision making that can provide new levers for improving individual outcomes and overall system performance. This paper looks behind the headlines to understand what is driving this new era in transportation and how it is unfolding.

Internet of Things: New Promises for Persons with Disabilities

Recent developments in both networks and devices are enabling a much greater range of connected devices and Internet of Things (IoT) functionalities. This paper explores the impact of the IoT on persons with disabilities. A G3ict Business Case White Paper Series researched in cooperation with AT&T | Published in July 2015. Accessible PDF provided by BarrierBreak.

The Internet of Things opens new opportunities for persons with disabilities and seniors, giving them an unprecedented control on their environment. Home automation already provides tools for more independent living, and new applications appear on the market for health care, transportation, education and employment. In the years to come, standardization, security and privacy will have to be addressed by industry, government and users.

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PhoneGap/Cordova: A Key to Apps Portability for All Users

As adoption of smart mobile devices becomes more mainstream, app developers face the increasingly crucial task of designing mobile browsers that are accessible, user-friendly and adaptable to any mobile operating system. This is a G3ict White Paper Business Case Series, researched in cooperation with Adobe Systems, Inc | Published by G3ict in February 2015.

Mobile devices require built-in accessibility support similar to what can be found on PCs. This report highlights the features of Adobe PhoneGap, a free and open source framework that allows developers to create mobile apps using standardized web APIs for cross-platform development. The PhoneGap Mobile Accessibility Plugin that this white paper specifically focuses on, works by providing developers access to each mobile device’s built-in accessibility features, allowing them to build apps that can be compiled to run on any given operating system.


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Redefining the Digital Divide: Report from The Economist Intelligence Unit

Redefining the digital divide from a technological problem to one of usage gaps is important to better understand the path towards a more inclusive digital society from which all stakeholders can benefit. Report commissioned by Huawei, 2013.

In many parts of the world, the so-called digital divide of today is an issue that goes beyond a gap in Internet access. It now encompasses access to higher broadband speeds and the willingness and ability to use them, or the degree of “useful usage” in the public and private sectors alike. The strategies for overcoming the digital divide vary among countries, both in terms of leadership, funding and technologies, and do not necessarily address underlying gaps, such as affordability, usage, and relevance of content.

FDA Regulation of Mobile Health, 2nd Edition

Mobile apps span a wide range of health functions. While many mobile apps carry minimal risk, those that can pose a greater risk to patients will require FDA review. This report analyses the September 2013 FDA publication of final guidance on mobile medical apps. Published by mobihealthnews, October 2013.

The widespread adoption and use of mobile technologies is opening new and innovative ways to improve health and health care delivery. The FDA encourages the development of mobile medical apps that improve health care and provide consumers and health care professionals with valuable health information.

AT&T’s Corporate Accessibility Technology Office: An Industry Model

New G3ict white paper explores AT&T’s efforts to address digital accessibility across the company. This case study was published in September 2013.

Since the adoption of the CRPD in 2006, tech and telecom companies have taken steps to promote technologies that answer the needs of users of all abilities. AT&T has implemented proactive policies both internally and on the marketplace to ensure that products and services are accessible. AT&T Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO) is another example of a positive and constructive approach to digital accessibility.

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Read the Press Release: AT&T's Corporate Accessibility Technology Office Recognized by G3ict

PDF Document Accessibility: Regulations, Risks and Solutions for Compliance

This paper discusses best practices for banks and other financial institutions, insurance, healthcare, and a myriad of other institutions wishing to accommodate their customers who are blind or visually impaired regarding access to account statements and other financial and personal information in electronic formats. Jointly developed by Actuate and the American Foundation for the Blind

It will detail applicable federal laws/regulations requiring financial and other institutions to provide information in accessible formats and outline traditional problems related to meeting those requirements. Finally, this paper will focus on a solution for overcoming the problems and meeting the requirements while delivering a quality customer experience. You can also download the paper from Xenos.com's webpage.

The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework

Synthesis report of the ICT Consultation in support of the High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development of the sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly | September 2013

In today’s world, with the ubiquitous impact of ICTs across all sectors of activities in all countries, no one should be excluded from using mobile phones, the Internet, televisions, computers, electronic kiosks and their myriad of applications and services including in education, political life, and cultural activities or for e-government or e-health. The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework contributes to a better understanding of the extent to which information and communication technologies (ICTs) enable and accelerate the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities. It highlights that when ICTs are available, affordable and accessible, they significantly improve access to all aspects of society and development.

Vodafone Public Policy Research: Making Broadband Accessible for All

This report looks at the conditions for growth in access to data services and the internet. It considers the potential for extending access beyond affluent urban users to the wider population and contains key findings for network service providers, data service businesses, governments and regulators. Vodafone Public Policy Research, May 2011.

As in developed markets, broadband strategies in emerging markets have tended to focus on investment in fibre. However, this focus on fibre may miss an opportunity for a quicker and more cost-effective transformational change built on the capabilities and in particular accessibility of mobile broadband. The early evidence suggests that mobile internet is spreading is quickly, in some emerging markets, as mobile telephony did originally. Mobile broadband use is already more extensive than realised by policymakers. By contrast, fixed internet access is stagnant.

Microsoft Web Accessibility Handbook

This Handbook from Microsoft and HiSoftware is a result of the European Dialogues on Web Accessibility. It combines practical strategies with some of the perspectives, goals, and vision that came out of those Dialogues. Published by Microsoft and HiSoftware, 2009

Throughout 2008, Microsoft gathered government officials, industry leaders, and non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives across several European countries as part of a series of interactive dialogues on the current state of Web accessibility. The objective of the Dialogues was to explore how critical players in both public organizations and private industry can work together on solutions that create a more accessible World Wide Web. The Dialogues featured robust conversation that both framed the challenges faced by proponents of Web accessibility and illuminated various solutions that organizations are using to realize the shared goal of an accessible Web environment.

Accessible Communications: Tapping the Potential in Public ICT Procurement Policy

Australia has a history of early adoption for all things digital. While information and communications technologies continue to advance in ever-shortening development cycles, advances in technologies that are usable and accessible by people with disabilities struggle to keep up | Published by University of Wollongong and GSA Information Consultants - 2012

This University of Wollongong research project, funded by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), explores how government procurement policy can have positive implications for many consumers with disability; providing greater access to the digital economy of the 21st Century. The report explores the connection between government purchasing (usually called public procurement) of information and communications technologies (ICTs) and improving outcomes for people with disabilities.
The findings from this research support the introduction of accessibility criteria in the procurement of ICTs and related services. The case studies detail the benefits of including mandatory accessibility criteria in public procurement policy but found that voluntary accessibility criteria did not produce similar effects to mandatory criteria. Indeed, the report argues that the mainstreaming of ICT accessibility criteria through mandatory application is potentially transformative.

Improving the Evidence for Mobile Health

This publication seeks to address one of the major issues identified for the slow uptake and adoption of Mobile Health; the lack of relevant and robust evidence to support the reimbursement of Mobile Health. This publication is a guide to ensure that future research efforts accurately and effectively substantiate the benefits of Mobile Health. Published by A.T. Kearney | March 2012

This publication is a follow up to Mobile Health – Who Pays? produced by A.T. Kearney in collaboration with the GSMA. Mobile Health – Who Pays? highlighted the importance of Mobile Health to achieve adoption in health systems in the developed world and shed light on some of the intricacies of the payment mechanisms within these healthcare systems. Although there has been impressive growth in the quantity of evidence for Mobile Health, the commonly held view amongst key healthcare stakeholders is that the evidence does not address the key issues that support the widespread adoption of Mobile Health.

Web Accessibility for Better Business Results (Innovation Series White Paper)

From both a business and a disability rights perspective, this paper describes the value for organizations of adopting techniques to produce accessible web content compliant with global standards. Published by G3ict | March 2012

Web accessibility is a precondition for all persons with disabilities to enjoy the use of the Internet and of websites. Without it, website producers may involuntarily exclude millions of users from their potential audience. This has been difficult to achieve to date due to the complexity of regulations coupled with the cost of training web authors to apply those rules consistently.
This G3ict Innovation White Paper is dedicated to presenting the benefits of web accessibility for businesses, and how the accessibility module of EditLive! produced by Ephox Corporation (www.ephox.com) can significantly help streamline the editing of accessible web pages.


Emerging mHealth: Paths for Growth

This is a global research study about the opportunities and challenges of mobile health from the perspective of patients, payers and providers. PriceWaterCoopers | 2012

Unlike many other forms of communication, such as the Internet, mobile health will likely have a greater effect on how care is delivered, for three reasons:

  • Mobile devices are ubiquitous and personal;
  • Competition will continue to drive lower pricing and increase functionality; and
  • Mobility by its very nature implies that users are always part of a network, which radically increases the variety, velocity, volume and value of information they send and receive.

In recognition of these accelerating factors, PwC commissioned the Economic Intelligence Unit to examine the current state and potential of mHealth, barriers to adoption, and opportunities for companies seeking growth in this space.

Socioeconomic Impacts of Wireless Technology

The purpose of this report is to assess socioeconomic opportunities and challenges that arise from existing and emerging uses of wireless (licensed spectrum) technology, with a particular focus on the areas of health, finance, education, and empowerment. The report was commissioned by CTIA—The Wireless Association® and prepared by BSR | May 2012

The effect of wireless technology on modern society has been profound. Wireless mobility enables instant communication anywhere, anytime, mobilizing the rapid transfer of information and services over immense distances, unbound by geographic barriers. New ways to connect, share, and innovate using wireless technology are invented every day around the world, and are shattering traditional walls that have divided societies for centuries. In this report, we examine the social effects through four lenses: Health Care, Finance, Education, and Community Empowerment.

Accessibility - A Guide for Businesses and Organizations by Microsoft

Accessible technology addresses the personal needs of all computer users, including those with physical disabilities, learning and language impairments, and age-related limitations, making it easier for organizations to empower employees, serve customers, and engage with partners | Published by Microsoft in 2011

This guide from Microsoft® provides information about accessibility and accessible technology to help organizations worldwide ensure that all the people they serve or engage have equal access to information and services. For organizations new to accessibility and working with people with disabilities, accessibility can sometimes seem overwhelming. To help your organization meet the needs of people with all types of abilities, this guide provides specific information about many types of impairments and some of the accessible technology solutions that help address them.

Transforming Learning Through mEducation

Mobile technology is raising the quality of education and improving access to it. Early initiatives in mobile education, or “mEducation” are already enhancing learning outcomes worldwide. With growing availability and demand, mEducation is poised to become a USD 70 billion market by 2020 | GSMA and McKinsey & Company | 2012

We define mEducation as technology-enabled learning solutions available to learners anytime, anywhere. Any portable device, such as a tablet, laptop or mobile phone, that provides access to educational content through mobile connectivity (2G, 3G, or 4G complemented by mobile-based Wi-Fi) can be a tool for mEducation. Mobile technology’s power to transform education is difficult to overstate, given the importance and impact of learning that takes place outside a traditional classroom environment.

Accessibility - A Guide for Educators by Microsoft

This guide from Microsoft provides information about accessibility and accessible technology to help educators worldwide ensure that all students have equal access to learning with technology | Microsoft Corporation | Edition 3.1, published in 2011

In the era of personalized learning where we shift the focus from what is being taught, to what is being learned, the student’s needs and style become more central. Personalized learning requires attention to the unique needs of all students—particularly students with learning difficulties or physical disabilities. As students are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their learning, and for using technology to acquire new skills, schools have a responsibility to provide accessible technology that can be personalized for each student’s needs. For educators new to accessibility and working with students with disabilities, accessibility can seem overwhelming. To help educators teach students with all types of abilities, you will find specific information about each type of impairment and accessible technology solutions.

The Global Economics of Disability

The intent of this paper is to inform those grappling with how to position disability as a new market segment, and speak to the market in an economic context | Fifth Quadrant Analytics and Return on Disability Company | March 2012

Making up 1.1 billion people globally, Persons with Disabilities represent a sizeable population. Unlocking the potential in this large subset of the global community has serious ramifications for GDP, public and private institutional cash flows and how economies grapple with an aging population. The familiar emerging market investing question must be asked: when does this market tip? When does the global platform of disability mirror the scope and revenue generating power of Green?

Caption Accuracy Metrics Project - Research into Automated Error Ranking of Real-time Captions in Live Television News Programs

Caption Accuracy Metrics Project report is produced by The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM) | Authors: Tom Apone, Brad Botkin, Marcia Brooks and Larry Goldberg | September 2011

Real-time captioned news is a lifeline service for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, providing critical information about their local communities, national events and emergencies. The project scope was to: develop an industry standard approach to measuring caption quality, and use language-processing tools to create an automated caption accuracy assessment tool for real-time captions on live news programming.

Enabling Access for Persons with Disabilities to Higher Education and Workplace: Role of ICT and Assistive Technologies

Enabling Access for Persons with Disabilities to Higher Education and Workplace: Role of ICT and Assistive Technologies is an editorial publication released on the conference of the same name in January 2012 in Bangalore, India. It compiles best practices, case studies and personal stories of overcoming barriers to inclusion in higher education and employment for persons with disabilities.

With the intent of generating awareness and creating an atmosphere of equal opportunity towards inclusivity at academic institutions and workplaces across India, this publication - released on the occasion of the Enabling Access conference - is an initiative in bringing the key stakeholders of industry, NGOs and educational institutes together on a platform where best practices and case studies can be discussed.
Related Publication: G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility | Download PDF.

Understanding Web Accessibility: A Guide to Create Accessible Work Environments

This handbook provides insights and tips on what a company needs to do for ICT accessibility and the potential benefits that thus accrue.

Web accessibility simply means that the web pages are usable by all and also on different devices. Web Accessibility Guidelines are popularly known as WCAG 2.0. The website www.w3.org/wai not only provides these guidelines, but also provides links to testing the websites and suggests changes that need to be made in order to make a website compliant to WCAG 2.0. Whenever, a new website or web-based user interface is created or updated, one must insist that the web developers make the site WCAG 2.0 compliant. Having this deliverable as part of the contract would help ensure execution of the task.
This publication is released by NASSCOM Foundation and has been made possible with the support of the Wadhwani Foundation.

M-Enabling Summit 2011 Official Show Guide

Official Show Guide for the Inaugural Edition of the M-Enabling Summit 2011 Global Conference and Showcase for Mobile Applications and Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities | 5-6 December 2011, The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, Washington, D.C.

The M-Enabling Summit (5-6 December 2011), Global Summit and Showcase for Mobile Applications and Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities, is the first global program solely dedicated to participants in the emerging ecosystem for mobile accessible and assistive technologies, applications and services.

Visit event website at: http://www.m-enabling.com/

Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities is a joint report of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and G3ict. Researched and Edited by the Center for Internet & Society | Published by ITU - August 2012

Mobile communications have become in less than two decades omnipresent in all countries, reaching out to the most isolated and underserved populations in developed and developing countries alike. At the end of 2011, there were more than 5.9 billion mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions. By the same point in 2013, we expect such subscriptions to outnumber the global population.

In the midst of this telecommunication revolution, however, populations of senior citizens and persons living with disabilities have been left out due to accessibility factors: complex human interfaces difficult to understand and activate for persons with cognitive impairments or learning disabilities, lack of alternative communications for persons living with low vision, blind, hard of hearing or deaf, or, quite often handset ergonomics too difficult for persons with physical disabilities such as dexterity or mobility limitations.

This report contains references to the new legislative and regulatory framework set by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an important resource for policy makers. It also covers practical elements required for a successful implementation of those programs and policies.

Available in the following formats:
» Download PDF - English version
» Download PDF - French version
» Download PDF - Arabic version
» Download PDF - Chinese version
» Download PDF - Spanish version
» Download PDF - Russian version

Read the Press Release associated with this publication.

Making Television Accessible

This report has been prepared by Peter Olaf Looms, Chairman ITU-T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility, in cooperation with G3ict | November 2011

Ensuring that all of the world’s population has access to television services is one of the targets set by world leaders in the World Summit on the Information Society. Television is important for enhancing national identity, providing an outlet for domestic media content and getting news and information to the public, which is especially critical in times of emergencies. Television programmes are also a principal source of news and information for illiterate segments of the population, some of whom are persons with disabilities. In addition, broadcasting can serve important educational purposes, by transmitting courses and other instructional material.

The emphasis of this report is on making digital media accessible. This report identifies accessibility solutions for media executives,  regulators and policy makers, pay-TV operators, consumer electronics manufacturers, sales outlets as well as disabled persons  organizations. The goal of this report is to assist ITU members to take the necessary steps to ensure that persons with disabilities  can enjoy their CRPD right to access TV. 

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» Download PDF - Polish version  
» Download PDF - Arabic version
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Oracle Accessibility Program for Customers

Oracle WSC Workshop on Accessibility and the Contributions of International Standards. Report by Luke Kowalski - Vice President, Corporate Architecture Group, Oracle, and Peter Wallack - Accessibility Program Director, Oracle

Accessibility is about making user interfaces perceivable, operable, and understandable by people with a wide range of abilities. Assistive, Access or Adaptive Technology are devices for people with disabilities that enable people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to or changed methods of interacting with the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.
Oracle products are coded to standards, and are capable of providing comparable access to individuals with disabilities when they are used in accordance with Oracle's product documentation and provided that assistive technologies and other products used with them properly interoperate with our product. A timely report on the corporation's accessibility practices.

Orange & Accessibility: Facilitating Access to Communication Services for the Elderly and Disabled

Orange & Accessibility: Facilitating Access to Communication Services for the Elderly and Disabled. Report by François René Germain, VP France Telecom Group Accessibility

Orange and Accessibility: What has been accomplished? Orange develops accessibility and integrates it into all of its activities. It dialogues with institutions, associations and customers in order to identify the needs of disabled and older people with disabilities. The report, presented at the WSC workshop “Accessibility and the Contribution of International Standards" highlights Orange's accessibility program for its customers.

WHO-World Bank "World Report on Disability"

More than one billion people face some form of disability, says a UN report developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank.

The World Report on Disability, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank, with contributions from over 380 experts, urges governments to “to step up efforts to enable access to mainstream services and to invest in specialized programmes to unlock the vast potential of people with disabilities.”

“Disability is part of the human condition,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan at a ceremony in UN headquarters to launch the report. “Almost every one of us will be permanently or temporarily disabled at some point in life.”

Related Publication: G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility | Download PDF.

e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities

The e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities is based upon the online ITU-G3ict e-Accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities (www.e-accessibilitytoolkit.org) which was released in February 2010.

The Toolkit and its companion handbook have contributions from more than 60 experts around the world on ICT accessibility and is a most valuable addition to policy makers and regulators, advocacy and research organisations and persons with disabilities on the implementation of the ICT dispositions of the CRPD.

The handbook is a joint publication of ITU, G3ict and the Centre for Internet and Society, in cooperation with The Hans Foun­da­tion. The book is com­piled and edit­ed by Nir­mi­ta Narasimhan. Preface by Dr. Hamadoun I. Toure, Sec­re­tary-​Gen­er­al, In­ter­na­tion­al Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Union. Introduction by Dr. Sami Al-​Basheer, Di­rec­tor, ITU-D. Foreword by Axel Leblois, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, G3ict.

Braille and Daisy formats available here: http://g3ict.org/resource_center/e-Accessibility%20Policy%20Handbook

Related Publication: G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility | Download PDF.

Data-Enabled Travel: How Geo-Data Can Support Inclusive Transportation, Tourism, and Navigation through Communities

This report explains what we have learned about the potential of geo-data for accessible travel. It also offers suggestions to interested stake holders about next steps toward the realization of this potential.

This report is a result of discussions that took place in July 2010 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the White House. Participants of the discussion were asked to focus on the challenge of more accessible travel, transportation, and tourism by applying geo-data.
User needs should form the basis of any initiative aimed at improving transportation information services for people with disabilities. In the field of assistive technologies, mobile devices, have emerged as a champion for accomodating user needs. Mobile technology has helped inform and empower citizens of all ages and abilities to accomplish safe and independent travel around our country.

Accessibility, Innovation and Sustainability at AT&T

A G3ict White Paper Documenting How Mobile Service Providers Can Serve Persons with Disabilities and Seniors

In order to promote the business practices required to provide accessible and assistive mobile equipment and services to persons with disabilities, G3ict requested that AT&T opens its doors to review and document its internal R&D and business processes for the benefit all interested parties. Read more.


NTT DOCOMO's Mobile Phones for Persons with Disabilities

In his presentation, Mr. Ryuji Nagata, Manager of Product Department, NTT DOCOMO Inc., Japan reviews: (1) Japanese cell phone market; (2) Universal design approach in NTT DOCOMO; (3) What is Raku-Raku phone?; (4) New features of Raku-Raku phone; (5) Bone condyction receiver "Sound Leaf."

In his presentation, Mr. Ryuji Nagata, Manager of Product Department, NTT DOCOMO Inc., Japan reviews: (1) Japanese cell phone market; (2) Universal design approach in NTT DOCOMO; (3) What is Raku-Raku phone?; (4) New features of Raku-Raku phone; (5) Bone condyction receiver "Sound Leaf."

Mobile Industry Good Practice Guide for Service Delivery for Disabled and Elderly Customers in the UK

This good practice guide for service delivery is designed to advise and assist the mobile industry, including network operators, service providers and retailers on how to make their products and services more accessible to the UK's disabled and elderly consumers.

Accessibility Criteria Defined by Voluntary French Charter (in French)

The Accessibility Imperative

"The Accessibility Imperative" is the first attempt made to present in one comprehensive volume the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in matters of accessibility to Information and Communication Technologies. The Convention at large - and more specifically its Article 9 - creates the first universal framework specifically addressing these issues which affect over 600,000,000 persons living with disabilities worldwide.

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"The Accessibility Imperative" is the first attempt made to present in one comprehensive volume the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in matters of accessibility to Information and Communication Technologies. The Convention at large - and more specifically its Article 9 - creates the first universal framework specifically addressing these issues which affect over 600,000,000 persons living with disabilities worldwide.

This book was developed based upon the proceedings of the first Global Forum of the G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on March 26, 2007. It presents the perspective of multiple stakeholders from all regions of the world and from a variety of backgrounds: industry, policy makers, international institutions, academia, and non-governmental organizations representing persons living with disabilities. Additional editorial content was contributed to G3ict and included in this first edition from meetings held in Russia, Korea, and the United States during the Spring of 2007.

With 129 countries having signed the Convention as of May 2008, the scope of legislative and regulatory work which will take place over the next few years in matters of ICT accessibility is considerable. This first edition will be the first reference made available to policy makers and their many constituents to facilitate the process of identifying the best path towards effective implementation of the Convention.

Related Publication: G3ict publishes 2nd edition of the CRPD Progress Report on ICT Accessibility | Download PDF.


Web Accessibility at General Electric

Preety Kumar, Founder, President, and CEO of Deque Systems, Inc., discusses the significance of web accessibility and how General Electric recognized the necessity of accessible techniques in regards to making Web sites accessible to persons with disabilities.

Making a Difference: A Quarterly Magazine of the Georgia Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

This Spring 2008 issue of "Making a Difference" features a wide range of articles including one about the 10th Annual Disability Day where over 2,000 people came to hear Ambassador Luis Gallegos, G3ict Chair, speak on the steps of the Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia. Also featured towards the end of the publication is "Creating an Accessible World with the United Nations Convention," an article written by G3ict Executive Director Axel Leblois.

To read about the 10th Annual Disability Day with Ambassador Gallegos, please turn to page 12-15.

To read Axel Leblois' article on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, please turn to page 24.

ITU Report of the First Global G3ict Forum Meeting (New York, 26 March 2007)

This document contains the report of the 26 March Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies Forum in New York. It was written by Mr. Greg Ratta, who participated in the Forum on behalf of the ITU.

John Kemp's Keynote Address at the 2007 Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference

John Kemp, Esq. addresses the importance of building an infrastructure that supports the creativity and innovation that can be brought to the lives of people with disabilities through accessible technology.

Suppliers Declaration and ICT Accessibility

Explains the new European Council's new conformity assessment system of "Supplier's Declaration of Conformity" (SDoC). Discusses the role of SDoC in eAccessibility and the benefits of Internal Accessibility Training to allow manufacturers to monitor their own accessibility standards.