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Cynthia Waddell speaks at  the United Nations Internet Governance Forum held in Rio de Janeiro November 12 through 15, 2007

Internet Governance Forum 12 November 2007
Intersection of Open Standards, Development and Public Policy - November 12, 2007

 

11/24/2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Michael R Burks.
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ICDRI
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Cynthia D. Waddell, Executive Director of ICDRI and Vice-Chair of the Internet Society Disability & Special Needs Chapter, gave two presentations at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum held in Rio de Janeiro November 12 through 15, 2007. On the first day of the conference she spoke at “The Intersection of Open Standards, Development and Public Policy” where she discussed the new Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities and how countries are impacted by the accessible ICT mandates of the new treaty. Dr. Waddell called for all the IGF Dynamic Coalitions to mainstream the disability perspective in their platforms.

In her second presentation organized by the International Telecommunication Union, Dr. Waddell discussed accessible web design at “Making Accessibility a Reality in Emerging Technologies and the Web.” Her presentation also addressed technology convergence and included a live demonstration of remote captioning of the workshop. The workshop was audio streamed with a writer in the United States posting the captioning of the words being spoken at the workshop on a website. Caption First provided the services so that workshop participants could read what was being spoken.

ICDRI was privileged to be credentialed to participate in the UN IGF and we look forward to actively working with the global community on accessible ICT.

More information is available at Imagining the Internet a Pew Internet Project and Elon University web site with several videos about the Internet Governance Forum.  Dr. Waddell was inteviewed in the video under November 11, Video on DIVERSITY - by Dannika Lewis.

 

 

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