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CRPD 2013 ICT Accessibility Progress Report


G3ict International Panel of Experts

Research Team

Research Committee

2013 G3ict Corporate Leaders


G3ict 2013 International Panel of Experts

This report was made possible by the original research work and reports received from 76 countries from experts members of the International Panel of the 2013 CRPD ICT Accessibility Progress Report. 

Our gratitude goes to Javed Abidi, Chair of the Board of Disabled People’s International (DPI), Shraddha Sabharwal, Senior Project Coordinator, Disabled People’s International (DPI), and to the individual respondents affiliated to DPI and other disability advocates who dedicated time and efforts to share original data on their respective countries.

Our sincere appreciation goes to the organizations and experts who shared their views and for their written inputs to this edition of the global survey including:]

  • Algeria: Ahcene Boufekroune
    Fédération Algérienne des Personnes Handicapées (FAPH)
  • Armenia: Karine Grigoryan
    Agate, Center for Women with Special Needs
  • Bangladesh: A.S.M Ashiqur Rahman
    Bangladesh Visually Impaired People’s Society (BVIPS)
  • Belgium: Gauthier Cocle
    Federal Social Security (FPS)
  • Benin, Geronime Tokpo
    Network of People with Disabilities on the Atlantic Coast (RAPHAL)
  • Bolivia, Jaime Estivariz Bustillos
    Confederación Boliviana de Personas con Discapacidad (COBOPDI)
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina, Suvad Zahirovic
    Information Centre for Persons with Disability “Lotos”
  • Brazil, Fernando Botelho/Edson Rufino de Souza
    F123 Consulting/ Pontificia Universidad Católica Do Rio de Janeiro
  • Burkina Faso, Cristophe Oulé
    Union Nationale pour la Promotion des Aveugles et Malvoyants (UN-ABPAM)
  • Cape Verde, David Antonio Cardoso
    Cape Verdean Association of People with Disability (ACD)
  • Chile, Lilian Monsálvez
    City of Maipú, Santiago, Department for Disabilities

  • China, Qiu Zhuoying
    Disabled Persons’ Federation-China Rehabilitation Research Center

  • Colombia, Gustavo Alberto Hincapié Corrales
    Corporación Discapacidad Colombia - Tecnoayudas
  • Denmark, Stig Langvad 
    Disabled People’s Organizations- Denmark 
  • Denmark, Monica Løland
    Disabled People’s Organizations- Denmark
  • Dominican Republic, Hilda Martínez García  
    Fundación Pro-Bienestar de las Personas con Discapacidad, PROBIEN, Inc.
  • Dominican Republic, Chair Committee
    Fundación Pro-Bienestar de las Personas con Discapacidad, PROBIEN, Inc.
  • Egypt, Abeer Shakweer
    Ministry of Communication and Information Technology
  • Ethiopia, Kassahun Yibeltal
    Federation of Ethiopian National Associations of Persons with Disabilities
  • France, Dominique Burger
    BrailleNet Association
  • Germany, Dinah Radtke   
    ISL e.v. (Interessenvertretung Selbstbestimmt Leven Deutschland, e.V Europe)  
  • Haiti, Alexandre Muscadin
    Réseau Associatif National pour l’Intégration des Personnes Handicapées (RANIPH)
  • Honduras, Yolanda Domínguez Enríquez 
    Fundación Hondureña para la Rehabilitación e Inclusión del Limitado (FUHRIL)
  • Hungary, Dr. Lajos Hegedus
    MEOSZ, National Federation of Disabled Persons' Associations, Hungary
  • India, Nirmita Narasimhan
    Centre for Internet and Society
  • Lesotho, Marorisang Mafethe
    Lesotho National Federation of Organisations of the Disabled (LNFOD)
  • Macedonia, Elena Kocoska
    Polio Plus – Movement against Disability
  • Malawi, Mussa Chiwaula
    The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi (FEDOMA)
  • Maldives, Hamid Nasheed Mohamed
    Association for disAbility & Development (ADD)
  • Mali, Djadja Traore
    Reseau Handi Actions Developpement et Perspectives (RHADP)
  • Malta, Stanley M Debono
    The Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA)
  • Mauritius, Reynolds Permal
    Lizie dans la Main
  • Mauritius, Jack Limkee
    Federation des Personnes Handicapées Physiques de l'Ile Maurice
  • Mexico, Raúl Hernández Alcalá
    Mexican Confederation for Physically and Mentally Disabled People (COMELFIRDEM, Confederación Mexicana de Limitados Físicos y Representantes de Deficientes Mentales)
  • Montenegro, Marina Vujacic
    Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro
  • Montenegro, Milan Saranovic
    Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro
  • Montenegro, Goran Macanovic
    Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro
  • Montenegro, Bojana Lakovic
    Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro
  • Morocco, Mohammed El Khadiri
    Collectif Pour la Promotion des Droits des Personnes en situation de Handicap
  • Mozambique, Jorge Manhique
    Forum das Associaçôes Moçambicanas dos Deficientes (Forum of Mozambican Associations of Disabled) – FAMOD 
  • Mozambique, Vicente Vasco
    Forum das Associaçôes Moçambicanas dos Deficientes (Forum of Mozambican Associations of Disabled) – FAMOD
  • Mozambique, Kennedy Nhengu
    Forum das Associaçôes Moçambicanas dos Deficientes (Forum of Mozambican Associations of Disabled) – FAMOD
  • Nepal, Shudarson Subedi
    National Federation of the Disabled Nepal 
  • New Zealand, Dr. Jan Scown
    Office for Disability Issues
  • Nicaragua, Wiber Torres
    Organización de Revolucionarios Deshabilitados, ORD
  • Niger, Idriss Alzouma Maiga
    Fédération Nigérienne des Personnes Handicapées (FNPH)
  • Nigeria, Irene Patrick-Ogbogu
    Disability Rights Advocacy Center (DRAC)
  • Nigeria, Anthony Okeke
  • Pakistan, Ali Shabbar
    Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP)
  • Pakistan, Atif Sheikh
    Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) 
  • Panama, José Batista
    Asociación Nacional de Personas con Discapacidad (AMPEDI)
  • Peru, Luis Miguel del Aguila
    Muscular Dystrophy Association (ADM- Asociación de Distrofia Muscular)
  • Portugal
    Associação Portuguesa de Deficientes
  • Portugal, Vera Bonvalot
    NOVAMENTE, Associação de Apoio aos Traumatizados Cranio Encefalicos e suas Familias
  • Qatar, David Banes
    Mada Center, Qatar Assistive Technology and Accessibility Expert Center 
  • Russia
    Bauman University
  • Senegal, Yatma Fall
    Senegalese Federation of Disabled People's Organizations (FSAPH)/ Disabled People’s International
  • Serbia, Damjan Tatic
    National Union of DPO of Serbia, NOOIS and Center for Independent Living Serbia
  • Sierra Leone, Kabba Bangura
    Disability Awareness Action Group  
  • Slovenia, Saša Mlakar
    Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
  • South Africa, Jabulane Blose
    Disabled People South Africa (DPSA)
  • South Africa, Phosa Mashangoane
  • South Sudan, Ben Lou Poggo
    Ministry of Education

  • Spain, Verónica Martorell
    Technosite - ONCE Foundation
  • Spain, Juan Carlos Ramiro
    Technosite - ONCE Foundation
  • Tanzania, Novath Rukwago
    Tanzania Federation of Disabled People’s Organizations
  • Togo, N'Kepko K.M. Dodzi
    Fédération Togolaise des Associations de Personnes Handicapées (FETAPH)
  • Turkmenistan, Gulya Chorekliyeva
    “Overcoming”, a Non-Profit Organization
  • United Kingdom, Dan Pescod
    Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
  • Vanuatu, Nelly Caleb
    Disability Promotion & Advocacy Association
  • Zambia, Serah Brotherton
    Zambia Federation of Disability Organizations (ZAFOD)

Research Team

This report was made possible thanks to the dedication of the following G3ict Research Team Members:

Martin Gould, G3ict Research Committee 2013 Chairperson
Martin Gould joined the work of G3ict in December 2006, and has collaborated on a number of projects related to the CRPD. His professional work over the past 27 years includes: analyzing and implementing affordable healthcare, directing federal policy research at the National Council on Disability in the United States, directing non-profit outcomes research, administering family and student support systems in school systems, and serving as a university lecturer and academic researcher. He took his doctorate in education and research from The Johns Hopkins University in 1985. His guidance and knowledge of disability research and metrics has been instrumental to the conception and realization of the CRPD ICT Accessibility Progress Report since inception and his editorial contribution to the present report invaluable. 

Axel Leblois, Founder and Executive Director, G3ict
Axel Leblois has served for over 20 years as CEO of technology companies in the United States including several years at the helm of IDC, a leading market research and analysis firm with global operations specialized in information and communication technologies.  Axel Leblois brings an in depth knowledge of the ICT industry and of global market dynamics influencing the availability of accessible ICTs and accessible technologies for persons with disabilities.  His experience has helped G3ict to develop practical tools promoting ICT accessibility for policy makers, advocates and industry and the present report.  A native of France and long term resident of the United States, he holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris.

Francesca Cesa Bianchi, VP, Institutional Relations, G3ict
Francesca Cesa Bianchi has worked for G3ict since its inception. Francesca Cesa Bianchi oversees G3ict’s relations with international organizations, governments and academia and coordinates the activities of the CRPD ICT Accessibility Progress Report. Prior to her current position, Francesca Cesa Bianchi served as Director of Public Relations for the Georgia Council for International Visitors, freelance writer for CNN Italia, and as a Carter Center-accredited election observer in Venezuela in 2003 and 2004. She is a Fellow of CIFAL Atlanta, the North American affiliate of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) where she served as Director of its Gender Equality Program (2006-2009). A native of Milan, Italy, Francesca Cesa Bianchi graduated with a degree in Political Science from Universitá degli Studi of Milan and holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Georgia State University.

Viviana Montenegro, Research Analyst, G3ict
Viviana Montenegro has spent several years as statistician and researcher at various institutions including as Director of Economic Development programs at CIFAL Atlanta, the North American affiliate of UNITAR, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Viviana Montenegro’s expertise in statistical analysis and SPSS and her overseeing of the data collection for this report have been instrumental to its on time completion and depth of analysis. A native of Chile, Viviana Montenegro holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, San Francisco State University and is a graduate of Universidad de Chile.


Research Committee

Our sincere appreciation goes to the following individuals for overseeing the design of the methodology of the CRPD ICT Accessibility Progress Report in 2008-2010 as G3ict Research Committee members:         

G3ict Research Committee Chair (2010-present): Martin Gould

G3ict Research Committee Chair (2008-2010): John Kemp, President and CEO, The Viscardi Center


  • Ambassador Luis Gallegos (G3ict Chair, Board of Trustees)
  • Tamas Babinski, Even Grounds Accessibility
  • Betsy Bury, Consultant - Management Metrics
  • Cheung-Mun Cho, Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion, Republic of Korea*
  • Francesca Cesa Bianchi, G3ict
  • Gerald Craddock, National Disability Authority, Ireland
  • Elisabeth Doyle, Powers, Pyles, Sutter, Verville P.C*
  • Mary Ennis, Disabled People’s International*
  • Anne-Rivers Forcke, IBM Corporation
  • Vanessa Gray, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Martin Gould, Former Director of Research and Technology, National Council on Disability*
  • Rune Halvorsen, NOVA - Norwegian Social Research
  • Tim Kelly, The World Bank
  • Axel Leblois, G3ict Executive Director
  • Dipendra Manocha, National Association for the Blind, India
  • Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, USAID
  • Asenath Mpatwa, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Dan Pescod, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
  • Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, European Commission
  • Andrea Saks, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Licia Sbattella, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • James Thurston, Microsoft Corporation
  • Gregg Vanderheiden, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Cynthia Waddell, International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI)
  • Adriana Zarraluqui, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)*

*Research Committee members who changed position


2013 G3ict Corporate Leaders

Our sincere appreciation goes to the G3ict Corporate Leaders whose financial and in kind support makes it possible for G3ict to conduct its research programs, including the CRPD ICT Accessibility Progress Report. 

            Adobe           AT&T       Google         IBM            Microsoft       Time Warner Cable


[1] In several countries, respondents have indicated their preference not to be recognized in this report. We nevertheless want to express our most sincere gratitude for their commitment to the cause of persons with disabilities and for supporting G3ict’s research on ICT accessibility.