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 2009  Speaking Schedule for Cynthia D. Waddell

Time and Date Conference Name Details

January 22, 2009

The Internet Society e-meeting on “Accessibility and Disabilities”


Chaired by Cynthia Waddell, Vice Chair of the ISOC Disability and Special Needs Chapter;

e-meeting to assist ISOC Chapters on creating awareness on disability accessibility and support

ISOC Marratech Auditorium Online
UTC/GMT 20:00

January 26-27, 2009

Third Meeting of the Informal Expert Group for the Fourth World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) 2009


Serve as “Invited Expert on Accessibility” on U.S. State Department Delegation; Provided Accessibility Input into Secretary General’s Report; Meeting to be captioned for first time by Caption First

International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) and International  Telecommunication Union
Geneva, Switzerland

January 28, 2009

ITU-T Study Group 16, Question 26

Present report on

1.  Waddell Background Paper commissioned by ITU for ITU Regional Workshop on ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities for the Africa Region in Lusaka, Zambia titled “Meeting Information and Communications Technology Access and Service Needs for Persons with Disabilities: Major Issues for Development and Implementation of Successful Policies and Strategies”

2.  Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability convened at Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Hyderabad, India and moderated by Cynthia Waddell

3.  ITU Workshop at IGF entitled “Including Accessibility & Human Factors in the Universalization of the Internet- How to reach persons with disabilities, the 10% of the next billion”

4.  Toolkit for Policy Makers under development by the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) and ITU

5. Update on UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

6. Update on Workplan per Malcolm Johnson request that Cynthia Waddell write an ITU accessibility policy and procedure plan document in accordance with the Workplan of Question 26.

International Telecommunication Union
Geneva, Switzerland

March 16 – 21, 2009 24th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN)

Speaker, Update on Accessible Web Litigation and United Nations Conference on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Speaker, Update on the 2009 Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)

Los Angeles Airport Marriott
Los Angeles, California USA

March 24 – April 2, 2009 ITU-T Study Group 2 Serve as “Invited Expert on Accessibility” for Study Group addressing Operational Aspects of Service Provision and Telecommunications Management

Attend Lead study group for service definition, numbering and routing

Attend Lead study group on telecommunication for disaster relief/early warning

Attend Lead study group on telecommunication management

International Telecommunication Union
Geneva, Switzerland

April 20-25, 2009 World Telecommunication Policy Forum 2009

Serve as “Invited Expert on Accessibility” on US State Department Delegation; provide input into Secretary General Report

Lisbon, Portugal

April 27-28, 2009

Seminar on United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Regional seminar by British Group, Inter-Parliamentary Union for members of parliament from 45 Countries

Speaker on ICT obligations of the UN Convention; objective of seminar is to inform parliamentarians on how they can encourage their governments to ratify and implement the human rights treaty.

Houses of Parliament
London, England

July 30 –August 1, 2009 18th Biennial Telecommunications for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) International Conference

Theme: Washington: Where Access Begins

Speaker: Panel Keynote: “Globalization of Standardization and Making the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Accessible”

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
Washington, D.C. USA

August 16, 2009 World-Wise Staycation Speaker:  “Reflections - Advocacy as a Worldwide Ministry to Persons with Disabilities”

First Presbyterian Church Concord
Concord, California USA

August 25-27, 2009


Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Mainstreaming ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Jointly organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Region (UNESCAP) and the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict)


Speaker, Session 3: Public Policies and Social and Economic Impact of ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

“Overview of Public Procurement in Promoting ICT Accessibility” 

Speaker, Session 6: Promoting Accessible Websites and Internet Access for Persons with Disabilities

“The Impact of the CRPD on the Internet and Web Sites”

Trainer, Session 11: Workshop - Public Procurement

 Trainer, Session 12:  Workshop on Web Accessibility

United Nations Conference Centre
Bangkok, Thailand

September 14, 2009

Webinar Great Lakes ADA Center

Speaker, “An International Perspective of Website Accessibility”

An increasing number of countries around the world have adopted accessible web design laws and policies. Because of the historic number of signatories to the United Nations treaty or Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, it is expected that more attention will be paid to this issue in the future. This session will discuss the international movement towards web accessibility.

Online, see registration at http://www.adagreatlakes.org/Publications/ATBulletin/.

September 16-18, 2009

Techshare 2009

RNIB's international assistive digital technology and conference

Keynote Speaker: “Back to the Future:  ICT, Disability Rights and the Convention”

ExCeL London
International Exhibit and Conference Centre
One Western Gateway
Royal Victoria Dock
London UK

September 24, 2009

Accessible ICT Procurement Seminar

Organized by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in conjunction with the NCBI Centre for Inclusive Technology

Keynote Speaker

National Disability Authority Offices
25 Clyde Road
Dublin,  Ireland

September 25, 2009


Master of Technology Law Class

School of Law

National University of Ireland at Galway


Guest Law Lecturer, “US Disability Rights Law and the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities:  The Paradigm Shift Underway in ICT Design and Procurement”

National University of Ireland at Galway

School of Law
University Road
Galway, Ireland

November 15-18, 2009 Internet Governance Forum 2009 Plenary Speaker, Main Session on Access and Diversity, Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability, Presenting The Message for an Accessible ICT World

Speaker, Workshop 110, Global Internet Access for Persons with Disabilities, “Update: The Impact of the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the Internet”

Speaker, Workshop 540, Best Practices for an Accessible Web

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

December 14-18, 2009 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). Member of delegation to discuss proposed treaty on the sharing of accessible works; treaty proposal provides for harmonization of mandatory minimum limitations and exceptions to copyright for the benefit of blind, visually impaired, and reading disabled persons. It also ensures that works published under these provisions can be legally exported and imported across borders.

World Intellectual Property Organization
Geneva, Switzerland



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