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United Nations & Government of the Philippines Invites Cynthia Waddell to Facilitate Meeting of 25 Countries March 3-7, 2003 for Rights-Based Forum “Empowering Persons with Disabilities






ICDRI today announced that Cynthia D. Waddell, ICDRI’s Executive Director, will be facilitating an interregional seminar and regional demonstration workshop in Manila on accessible information and communication technologies (ICT). At the invitation of the United Nations Department of Economic & Social Affairs, in cooperation with the Government of the Philippines through the Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD), Ms. Waddell will serve as an expert in accessible technology transfer.

The interregional forum supports the Millennium Development Goals and rights-based approaches to development according to UN General Assembly Resolution 56/168. It aims to further equalization of opportunities in social life and development of people with disabilities. The forum targets interested Governments of least developed countries, low income countries and countries with economies in transition. It will provide intensive exchanges of knowledge and experience in promoting awareness, planning and developing accessible ICT solutions in the context of sustainable and equitable development for present and future generations. It has the following objectives:

1. Discuss and review selected national experiences to promote accessible ICT for persons with disabilities;

2. Present and review issues and recommendations and develop a strategic framework to promote accessible ICT for persons with disabilities; and

3. Create networks of excellence among the participants in order to empower persons with disabilities through ICT.

A public policy and technology expert, Cynthia Waddell is a former Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer for the City of San Jose and is an expert in the US Section 508 Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards. She leads ICDRI’s Accessibility Oversight Professional Consulting Services for government and private sector clients. This 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 based in Raleigh, NC and San Jose, CA (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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