Thursday, March 1, 9:20 AM till 10:20 AM PST Location:Elizabeth A, 2nd Floor (Microsoft Showcase Suite) Progress on Article 9 of the CRPD Session Description:
A session organized by G3ict, hosted by Microsoft
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is one of the fastest ever negotiated Human Rights treaties: adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2006, as of December 2011, it has 153 signatories and is ratified by 110 countries. The Convention at large - and more specifically its Article 9 - creates the first universal framework addressing the accessibility of Information and Communication Technologies - ICTs - and assistive technologies. These dispositions benefit an estimated one billion persons living with disabilities worldwide, making accessible and assistive ICT solutions even more of a focus in the coming years for industry, users, and policy makers, as they represents both a major Human Rights milestone and a considerable market driving force for Assistive and Accessible ICTs. This panel discussion will explore from multiple perspectives trends in implementing Article 9 of the Convention and discuss possible next steps for even greater success.
- James Thurston, Senior Strategist – Global Policy & Standards, Microsoft Corporation
- Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict
- David Rojas, Business Development and Marketing Director, Trust for the Americas, Organization of American States
- Fouad Hassoun, President, Medialog Accessibilities
- Kyoungsoon Hon, NIA (Republic of Korea)
- George Kerscher, Secretary General, DAISY Consortium
- Klaus Miesenberger, Vice Head, Institut Integriert Studieren, University of Linz, and ICCHP (Austria)
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