Live Webcast on Dec 3 from the UNITAR/G3ict Seminar at the UN

Last updated: May 22, 2016

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Follow a live webcast from the United Nations on Dec 3rd from 9:30 – 13:30 ET on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities!

The event is "Implementing the Digital Accessibility Agenda of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Challenges and Opportunities for Signatory States". It is the Third Global Forum – a UNITAR/G3ict Seminar – being held at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be giving the opening remarks at the seminar.

G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies, is hosting the event in cooperation with the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN-GAID) and the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Read the agenda, or register at the UNITAR Web site. The webcast will be aired live at https://webtv.un.org/.

Why should you follow the webcast? From the email announcement of the seminar:

On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the seminar aims to contribute to the rapid and effective implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in general and its digital accessibility agenda by:

  1. Providing an overview over the provisions and the status of the Convention
  2. Introducing participants into the Digital Accessibility Agenda of the Convention
  3. Reviewing the practical implications for signatory states with regard to provisions pertaining to digital accessibility
  4. Sharing knowledge among key stakeholders on how ICT accessibility mandates can be best met, and the role that ICT vendors, users and policy makers can play in support its implementation
  5. Presenting tools and resources available to policy makers and civil society to monitor and implement the Digital Accessibility Agenda of the Convention.

Share your experience of the webcast here in the comments section of this blog entry.

Help test the Disability Information Portal

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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Are you interested in testing a new portal in the UK for disability related information?

A trial one-stop-shop for disability related information and advice on the web has been created by Leonard Cheshire Disability, the largest voluntary sector provider of services to disabled people in the UK. The Disability Information Portal (DIP) is set to be launched in 2009, but a test phase is underway to enable interested parties to help shape the site before it goes live: https://www.dip-online.org/

The test portal has little information, but you can contact Leonard Cheshire Disability for more information.

This news item comes from the August 2008 issue of the E-Access Bulletin produced by Headstar. This issue won't be posted to the site archives for a while, so to get the latest news from the free monthly bulletin, why not sign up today?

New Regulations for Disabled Air Travelers

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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DOT Gets It Together For Air Travelers With Disabilities

People with disabilities will have additional protections against discrimination when they travel by air, as the result of a new rule issued today [8 May 2008] by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that strengthens the existing regulation implementing the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and extends it to foreign airlines.

The new rule will apply to foreign air carriers operating a flight that begins or ends in the United States. It applies to U.S. air carrier operations worldwide. Passengers flying to Europe, Asia, or other destinations on foreign air carriers now will have similar protections against discriminatory policies and be entitled to the same accommodations as passengers flying on U.S. carriers. DOT will also be better able to take enforcement action against a foreign carrier if it discriminates against an individual because of his or her disability on flights to or from the United States.

Read the full article at https://www.usatechguide.org/blog/dot-beefs-up-protection-for-air-travelers-with-disabilities/