Australia: Online Video Captions Must Be Accurate and Readable
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has formed an alliance of organizations representing the interests of Australians who are Deaf, hearing impaired and those who rely on captions for information, to bring attention to the growing issue of inaccessibility of online audio/visual content being posted to websites. Specifically, there are concerns around the amount of video content that is being auto-captioned on YouTube as the vast majority of these videos are not being reviewed for accuracy or readability.
From http://www.accan.org.au/news-items/media-releases/1125-online-video-captions-must-be-accurate-and-readable, December 04, 2015
Creating New Momentum for Universal Ratification of CRPD
Last week, the Third Committee of the General Assembly adopted a resolution on the CRPD (A/C.3/70/L.25) that draws attention to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the CRPD noting the opportunities it offers in creating new momentum towards its universal ratification. The resolution also urges States to support the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It further calls for the disaggregation of data by disability and specific indicators to measure the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for persons with disabilities. The resolution also invites the Chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities to address and engage in annual interactive dialogues with the General
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/gadocs/a_c.3_70_l.25.pdf, December 04, 2015
ESCAP - 2015 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific
The 2015 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities in Asia and the Pacific (GITC) was held in Jakarta, from October 26 to 29, 2015. The event was co-organized by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Indonesia, the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Korea and several other entities. Over 100 youth with disabilities and 62 governmental representatives from 15 countries, including most of those in South-East Asia, participated in IT competitions in the area of information searching, making story books and creating games through Scratch programmes. At the award ceremony, the congratulatory statement of the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) was delivered and the Executive Secretary’s Awards were presented to participants from Bangladesh and India, respectively. It was announced that 2016 GITC will be held in China.
From http://www.unescap.org/announcement/2015-global-it-challenge-youth-disabilities-asia-and-pacific, December 04, 2015
ILO – New Publication Promotes Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities
Based on two previous editions, the latest publication from the International Labour Organization (ILO): "Decent work for persons with disabilities: promoting rights in the global development agenda" presents the main approaches which have been taken in countries across the globe to ensure that persons with disabilities can access employment and work to advance professionally, and on an equal basis with others. These approaches include legislation, vocational training, employment services as well as financial, technical and personal support mechanisms. The latest publication provides a comprehensive overview of the principal international legal instruments, policies and initiatives that aim to promote the rights of persons with disabilities, particularly in terms of work and employment. It also proposes an agenda for future action for promoting the rights of persons with disabilities within the 2030 Development Agenda.
From http://labordoc.ilo.org/record/462523?ln=en, December 04, 2015
NCPEDP Commemorating 20 years of the Indian Disability Act
National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) launched a series of events and activities under the Equality+20 Campaign to commemorate 20 years of the Indian Disability Act. Most important is the Equality+20 Conference on December 1 and 2, which will host disability leaders and experts who will assess the present scenario of rights of persons with disabilities in India in consonance with the global movement and India’s role internationally. The Conference will result in a stock-taking report of the past 20 years and set targets under Vision 2022 – the 75th year of India's independence. The celebrations will conclude with the symbolic “Walk To Freedom” at India Gate on December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
From http://ncpedp.org/about.htm, December 04, 2015
New G3ict Global Charter Released on the Occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015
The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) – a digital inclusion and human rights advocacy organization launched in 2006 at the initiative of the United Nations – announced today a global charter calling on governments worldwide to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities by demanding only accessible technology from their suppliers. G3ict recognized the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by launching this charter with an international group of accessibility leaders, including the Australian Communications Consumer Action network (ACCAN), the Mexican National Council for the Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (CONADIS), the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), and several others.
From http://g3ict.org/press/press_releases/press_release/p/id_92, December 03, 2015
Member States Move Toward More Inclusive and Accessible UN
At the conclusion of its session last week, the Third Committee adopted a resolution on realizing an inclusive and accessible United Nations for all persons with disabilities (A/C.3/70/L.25) under agenda item 72 (Human Rights). The resolution entitled “Toward the full realization of an inclusive and accessible United Nations for persons with disabilities” calls upon the Secretary-General to take measures to create an accessible and inclusive non-discriminatory environment at the UN, as well as to raise awareness of UN staff on disability issues. Furthermore, the resolution requests a comprehensive report on the status of inclusion and accessibility at the UN, as well as for recommendations on measures for improvement.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/gadocs/a_c.3_70_l.56.pdf, December 03, 2015
International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3
The theme of the 2015 commemoration of IDPD is: "Inclusion matters: Access and empowerment for people of all abilities" that seeks to reduce inequalities and remove barriers to the equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and development. Sub-themes for IDPD 2015 are: (1) Making cities inclusive and accessible for all; (2) Improving disability data and statistics; and (3) Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development. IDPD has been commemorated since 1992 to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide, continue to face many barriers to inclusion and do not have access to key aspects of society on an equal basis with others.
From http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1637#unhq, December 03, 2015
ITU – Join in the Open Consultation on Access to the Internet for Persons with Disabilities
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) invites all relevant stakeholders to contribute to an open consultation on the challenges faced by persons with disabilities when accessing Internet services, as well as suggesting the possible approaches to address these challenges. The open consultation is being held in the context of ITU's Council Working Group: International Internet-Related Public Policy Issues (CWG-Internet). The CWG-Internet is one of ITU’s main bodies looking at identifying, studying, and developing matters related to international internet-related public policy issues. The consultation are open until 15 January 2016 at: http://www.itu.int/en/council/cwg-internet/Pages/consultation-oct2015.aspx.
From http://www.itu.int/accessibility, December 03, 2015
WIPO: Moving Closer Toward 20 Signatories for the Entry into Force of the Marrakesh Treaty
With recent ratification by the Republic of Korea on October 8 and by Mongolia on September 23, the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (MVT), is moving closer towards the 20 signatories required for its entry into force. The MVT was adopted by Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on 27 June 2013. To-date, the Treaty has been by ratified by eleven countries including El Salvador, India, Mali, Paraguay, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Argentina and Singapore, Mexico, Mongolia and the Republic of Korea.
From http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/marrakesh/, December 03, 2015