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Day -2: Monday, September, 10, 2012
11:45 AM - 01:00 PM How can the ICT Industry Contribute to Implementing Article 9 of the CRPD?
Venue: Conference Room 5, UN Headquarters
Organized by 
The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) 

Session overview: 

ICT Industry leaders proactively support the implementation of the CRPD in matters of ICT accessibility. ICT industry representatives will share their perspectives on how their organizations can contribute to implement the ICT accessibility dispositions of the CRPD and discuss how policies and programs may foster new opportunities leveraging Public-Private partnerships. 

Session Chair: John Kemp, CEO, Abilities! 

Introductory remarks: Javed Abidi, Chair, Disabled Peoples’ International and Vice-chair, International Disability Alliance

Latest data of the 2012 CRPD ICT Accessibility Progress Report produced by G3ict, in cooperation with Disabled Peoples’ International – Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict 


  • Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager, Adobe Systems  
  • Fernando Laguarda, Vice President, External Affairs and Policy Counselor, Time Warner Cable 
  • Susan Mazrui, Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T Services Inc. 
  • Tom Smith, VP Worldwide Sales and Business Development, Ephox Corporation 
  • James Thurston, Director – International Accessibility Policy, Microsoft 
  • Frances West, World Wide Director, Human Ability & Accessibility Center, IBM 
  • Tim Heffernan, NCR (Invited, TBC)

Panelists will share their perspectives with United Nations and COSP delegations on the following topics:

  • How does the ICT industry help implement the ICT accessibility dispositions of the CRPD?  (with practical examples)
  • Which opportunities and partnerships States Parties may leverage together with the private sector to promote R&D and usage of accessible and assistive technologies?
  • What are the most pressing challenges for ICT accessibility from an industry perspective?

By Invitation only 

Real Time Captioning (CART) service will be provided in the conference room during proceedings.


Adobe Systems, AT&T, Ephox Corporation, IBM, Microsoft, Time Warner Cable