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Cynthia Waddell Speech at United Nations is Published





ICDRI today announced another significant activity in connection with their ongoing consultancy services for the United Nations and the development of a comprehensive international treaty or convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.

During the June 2003 New York meeting of the UN Ad Hoc Committee leading the treaty effort, Cynthia D. Waddell, ICDRI’s Executive Director, served as the accessibility expert for this body addressing the principle of non-discrimination and equality from the disability perspective. Cynthia Waddell’s speech is now online at the UN at http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/rights/panelcwaddell.htm.

While discussing the basic purpose of the treaty and the need for access to the built environment as well as accessible information and communications technology, Cynthia Waddell outlined the need for mechanisms in law and policy for barrier removal and reasonable accommodation. She also discussed how Universal Design and technical standards for accessible design drive accessibility for systemic impact.

Background reading about the participation of Cynthia Waddell as Rapporteur for the Manila Declaration on Accessible Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Philippines can be found in other news releases on ICDRI's web site.

A public policy and technology expert, Cynthia Waddell is a Lecturer in Law at Santa Clara University School of Law. An expert in the US Section 508 Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards, she is also a former Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer for the City of San Jose.

Cynthia Waddell leads ICDRI’s Accessibility Oversight Professional Consulting Services for government, university and commercial clients. This fee for services effort supports the mission of ICDRI to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying barriers to participation and promoting best practices and universal design of technology for the global community.

ICDRI is a nonprofit organization with offices based in San Jose, CA and Raleigh, NC USA (http://www.icdri.org). ICDRI is committed to be on the cutting edge of global disability law, policy and technical standards for electronic and information technology.

For further information contact: 
Michael Burks, Public Information Officer
International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet http://www.icdri.org 
3700 Bastion Lane, Suite 101,
Raleigh, NC 27604        
Telephone:  (919) 349-6661   




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