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 2008  Speaking Schedule for Cynthia D. Waddell

Time and Date Conference Name Details

January 21-22, 2008

Internal Consultation for Government of Ontario Provide professional consultation services concerning information and communications accessibility regulations supporting the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

March 6, 2008 2008 Website Management Conference by CivicPlus

Keynote Speaker, “Web Without Barriers"

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Orlando, Florida USA

March 12, 2008

International Conference on Technologies and Persons with Disabilities
California State University Northridge (CSUN)

CSUN Speaker for General Session and for HiSoftware User Group

Marriott Airport Hotel
Los Angeles, California USA

April 21, 2008 Joint ITU and G3ict Forum on “The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Challenges and Opportunities for ICT Standards”



ITU- International Telecommunication Union  G3ict- The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs- A Flagship Advocacy Initiative of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development

Speaker, “Best Practices Survey of Government Actions in Procurement of Accessible Products”




ITU Headquarters
Geneva, Switzerland

April 22, 2008 Tutorial: Making ITU Accessible: Web Design, Web Conferencing and Real Time Web Captioning

Tutorial Organizer and Trainer

ITU Headquarters
Geneva, Switzerland

July 7, 2008 2008 Annual Program of the American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys (AAVIA); Affiliated with the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and held during ACB National Convention

Speaker, “Access for the Blind to the Information Age”

Galt House
Louisville, Kentucky USA

July 15 – 16, 2008


ITU Regional Workshop on ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities for Africa Region

Sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union and The Communications Authority, Zambia.



Keynote Speaker:  Policies & Best Practices for ICT Accessibility

Author of Background Paper Commission by ITU:  “Meeting Information and Communications Technology Access and Service Needs for Persons with Disabilities:  Major Issues for Development and Implementation of Successful Policies and Strategies,” dated June 2008.

Additional Presentations:

1. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict

2. Accessible ICTs: A Paradigm Shift for an All Inclusive Information Society

3. Universal Design Considerations for Accessible ICTs: The Public Procurement Toolkit

4. A Web Without Barriers

Trainer for the following Tutorials:

1. Real Time Web Captioning

2. Free Web Accessibility Checkers

3. Demonstration of Accessible Online Conferencing Tool 

Cresta Golf View Hotel
Lusaka, Zambia

September 9- 12, 2008 International Telecommunication Union Question 20/Study Group 1: Access to Telecommunication Services by Persons with Disabilities

Presentation as Chapter 9 author of online Toolkit for Policy Makers that is being jointly developed by ITU and G3ict (Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs- A flagship initiative of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development)

Chapter 9 of online Toolkit for Policy Makers covers Country Assessment and Policy Development Model; identifies priority strategies and actions to be undertaken by countries to initiate policy development in support of Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

International Telecommunication Union
Geneva, Switzerland

October 15-16, 2008 Eighth Annual Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology; Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, University of Colorado System

Panelist for “Policy Directions for Cognitive Accessibility on the Web” and participant in pre-conference workshops on Personal Mobile Platforms and Cognitive Accessibility and the Web

St. Julien Hotel
Boulder, Colorado USA

Pre-conference Workshops at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Colorado

October 24, 2008 California Council of the Blind State Conference

Speaker at General Session, “Accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the Paradigm Shift: The United Nations Treaty or Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities”

4 Points Sheraton at LAX
Los Angeles, California

November 20, 2008 University of Pittsburgh Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Telerehabilitation

State of the Science Conference

Member, Expert Panel Discussion
White Paper Presentation: Telerehabilitation and Public
Policy: The State of the Science and Policy Analysis

Information for Online Participation and Registration at http://www.rerctr.pitt.edu/RERC_TR_SOS/index.html

Time: 1-4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, USA

December 3-6 2008 United Nations Internet Governance Forum

Speaker, “The United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities: How Does it Impact the Internet” for Workshop, “Including Accessibility and Human Factors in the Universalization of the Internet - - How to reach persons with disabilities, the 10% of the next billion” sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union

Speaker, “Accessible Web: The Paradigm Shift” for Workshop “The Internet and People with Disabilities” sponsored by the Council of Europe

Member, Steering Committee, Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD), Presentation of Declaration at DCAD General Meeting

Hyderabad, India



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