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Monday, April, 21, 2008
08:30 - 09:00 Registration
    Monday, April, 21, 2008
    09:00 - 10:00 Opening Session

    Session Chairman: Pierre-Andre Probst, Chairman ITU-T Study Group 16

    -Welcome Address
    -Opening Remarks, Importance of accessible ICTs to developing countries
    -The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a Blueprint for Accessibility Standards
    -Latest Developments in Standardization and Harmonization of Accessible ICT - SWG - Accessibility


    • Josée Auber, Representative, ISO/IEC SWG-A
    • Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict
    • Malcolm Johnson, Director, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector
    • Yury Grin, Deputy to the Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (BDT)
    • Alex Li, Representative, ISO/IEC SWG-A
    • Pierre-Andre Probst, Chairman, ITU-T Study Group 16
    Monday, April, 21, 2008
    10:00 - 11:00 Session 1: Human Interfaces: Design for Accessible ICTs

    Recent evolution of accessibility features and standards, standards supporting assistive technologies, gaps, and opportunities

    Session Chairman:
    Whitney Quesenbery, President, Usability Professionals' Association

    -Designing for universal accessibility
    -ISO work on Ergonomics for accessible ICT
    -ETSI Human Factor activities in the European Context (Putting users at the center of technology)
    -Making Access Attainable for the Other 25-75% of Users with Disabilities: New Standards and Approaches


    • Gregg Vanderheiden, Ph.D., Chair, Vice Chair, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, INCITS/V2, ISO/IEC, JTC 1/SC35
    • Stephen Furner, Chairman, ETSI Technical Committee Human Factors
    • Tom Stewart, Chairman, TC 159/ SC 4
    • Bill Curtis-Davidson, Business Development and Solutions Leader, IBM Worldwide Human Ability and Accessibility Center
    • Whitney Quesenbery, President, Usability Professionals' Association
    Monday, April, 21, 2008
    11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break (Supported by G3ict)
      Monday, April, 21, 2008
      11:15 - 12:30 Session 2: Accessible Contents and Services: Addressing Information Deprivation

      W3C initiatives, globalization of web standardization efforts, issues in ensuring compliance with accessibility standards (lack of awareness, speed of technology development, lack of training of web developers etc.); digital television and digital radio opportunities.

      Session Chairman: Eric Velleman, Director, Bartiméus Accessibility Foundation

      -Information Deprivation and the impact of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
      -DAISY for Everyone, Development of Accessible Multimedia Standards
      -Web Accessibility Initiative, WAI/W3C
      -IPTV Standardization, Features and Gaps


      • Martin Gould, Director of Research and Technology, National Council on Disability
      • Hiroshi Kawamura, President, DAISY Consortium
      • Judy Brewer, Director, Web Accessibility Initiative, World Wide Web Consortium (WAI/W3C)
      • Clive Miller, Technical Broadcasting and Engineering Consultant, RNIB
      • Eric Velleman, Director, Bartiméus Accessibility Foundation
      Monday, April, 21, 2008
      12:30 - 12:40 Signature of the "Cooperation Agreement for development of a Toolkit on e-Accessibility & Service Needs for Persons with Disabilities"
      This Cooperation Agreement with enable ITU-D and G3ict to collaborate in the development of an on-line toolkit to support policy makers evolve and mainstream policies and strategies addressing ICT accessibility and service needs of persons with disabilities.  The toolkit, which complies to the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will support global standards and serve as a global electronic repository of policies and strategies and as a platform for sharing experiences on best practices
        Monday, April, 21, 2008
        12:40 - 02:00 Lunch Break and Knowledge Fair
          Monday, April, 21, 2008
          02:00 - 03:00 Session 3 - Mobility: Wireless Devices and Phones, Accessibility and Assistive Functionalities

          Session Chairman: Jim Tobias, President, Inclusive Technologies

          There are close to 3 billion mobile devices worldwide today, the largest number of ICT devices of any kind, which calls for a particular focus on their accessibility.  Wireless devices also open significant opportunities for assistive solutions supporting the mandates of the Convention, which will be addressed by the panel.

          -Universal design approach by NTT DoCoMo (Introducing accessible mobile phones in Japan)
          -Accessible Mobile Technology
          -Mobile ICT for People with Cognitive Disabilities


          • Sean Hayes, Incubation Lab Accessibility Business Unit, Microsoft
          • Clayton Lewis, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science, Scientist in Residence, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, University of Colorado
          • Yoshinobu Nakamura, Representative, NTT DoCoMo
          Monday, April, 21, 2008
          03:00 - 04:00 Session 4 - Product Development Methodologies

          Ensuring that products are designed with accessibility features at an early stage, use of universal design methodologies.

          Session Chairman: Chiara Giovannini, Program Manager, European Association Representing Consumers in Standarization (ANEC)

          -ITU-T SG 16 work on accessibility guidelines in standards
          -Structuring development processes to achieve global accessibility compliance
          -ISO 9000 quality management systems and accessibility


          • Sean MacCurtain, Head, Conformity Assessment, ISO
          • Gunnar Hellström, Representative, ITU
          • Roman Longoria, Vice President, Computer Associates
          • Chiara Giovannini, Program Manager, European Association Representing Consumers in Standarization (ANEC)
          Monday, April, 21, 2008
          04:00 - 04:15 Coffee Break (Supported by G3ict)
            Monday, April, 21, 2008
            04:15 - 05:15 Session 5 - The Role of Government in Supporting Accessibility Standards

            Public procurement, regulations, and incentives in support of accessibility standards for ICTs.

            Session Chairman: Kevin Carey, Director, humanITy, and Vice Chair, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

            -Government support of accessibility standards: Best practices
            -Recent U.S. Regulatory Updates: Finished & Unfinished Business
            -E.U. work on accessibility standards


            • Cynthia D. Waddell, Executive Director, International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI)
            • Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Representative, European Commission Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunities
            • Jim Tobias, Co-chair, President, TEITAC, Inclusive Technologies
            • Martina Sindelar, Representative, European Commission Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs, and Equal Opportunities
            • Kevin Carey, Director, Vice Chair, humanITy, RNIB
            Monday, April, 21, 2008
            05:15 - 06:00 Conclusions, Recommendations and Suggested Follow Up

            Session Chairman: His Excellency Luis Gallegos, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States; Past Chair of the UN General Assembly Ad-hoc Preparatory Committee for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and Chair, G3ict

            1. Conclusions by session chairs
            2. Feedback from Industry, Standards Development Organizations and Government leaders on follow-up steps
              • Industry
              • SDO
              • Government

            Summary of Conclusions and Recommendations


            • Frances West, Director, IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center
            • Andrea Saks, Convener, Joint Coordination Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors (JCA-AHF), ITU
            • Urbano Stenta, Advisor on Disability, Directorate General for Development Cooperation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
            • H.E. Luis Gallegos, Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States, Past Chair, Chair, UN General Assembly Ad-hoc Preparatory Committee for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, G3ict