COAT Access: M-ENABLING SUMMIT 2013 ADVANCES ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY
There were ver 450 attendees and 147 speakers participating in over thirty sessions focused on diverse topics. The aim of the conference was to promote wireless (or mobile) accessible and assistive applications and services for seniors and for people with disabilities.
Washington, D.C.. 06/14/2013 —
So many people from the COAT community either attended or participated at the recent M-Enabling Summit 2013
held at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel
June 6-7, 2013 in Arlington, VA that listing everybody runs the risk of leaving someone out! According to the conference organizers, there were over 450 attendees and 147 speakers participating in over thirty sessions focused on diverse topics. The aim of the conference was to promote wireless (or mobile) accessible and assistive applications and services for seniors and for people with disabilities. Topics addressed included operating systems, handsets, and tablets amid discussion of issues such as banking, outreach, education, the status of regulations and implementation of the 21st CVAA, and all the ways how independence and empowerment can be advanced by these new technologies, if accessible (e.g., in gaming, transportation).
As Axel Leblois, the executive director of G3ict, the conference convener noted: “With the increased processing power of mobile devices and expanded network bandwidth many more innovative solutions are now possible. ... handsets, tablets, operating systems, cloud-based applications and global economies of scale ... point towards a growing opportunity for developers to bring life-enhancing solutions for hundreds of millions of seniors and persons with disabilities around the world.”
Nearly everyone agrees that the topics, the speakers and the conference itself was a big success as it brought together ideas, people and technology at a great location. Some photo snaps from the event are online in the COAT Facebook group here.
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As in 2011, COAT was a non-profit disability community sponsor of M-Enabling Summit 2013 along with several other disability groups such as the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), RaisingTheFloor, Telecommunications for the Deaf Inc (TDI) and the World Institute on Disability (WID), all of whom were active and founding member organizations of COAT.About G3ict:
The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies – is an Advocacy Initiative of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development. Its mission is to promote and support the implementation of the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) covering digital accessibility and assistive technologies. Participating organizations include industry, the public sector and organizations representing persons with disabilities. G3ict relies on an international network of ICT accessibility experts to develop practical tools, evaluation methods and benchmarks for States Parties, Disabled Persons Organizations and corporations. Since inception in 2006, G3ict has organized or contributed to 85 awareness raising and capacity building programs for policy makers in cooperation with international organizations such as the ITU, UNESCO, UNITAR and the World Bank on all continents. G3ict co-produces with ITU the e-accessibility policy toolkit for persons with disabilities – www.e-accessibilitytoolkit.org – widely used by policy makers involved in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. G3ict is funded by contributions from corporations, disabled persons organizations and foundations. Its programs are hosted by international organizations, governments, universities and foundations around the world. http://www.g3ict.org