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In addition to the activity of collecting and presenting disability resources on the Internet, the Center provides other services, some of them are listed below:  The Center is availble to make presentations and to participate in other activities related to disabilities.  For further details, please contact the Center at icdri@icdri.org .

 

 Activities 2002 to 2007

News On Accessibility and Disability Issues

ICDRI Press Releases

ICDRI Announces Accessibility Oversight Consulting Services

Community Technology Centers Accessibility Resource Page

The Center is collecting resources to help Community Technology Centers to increase access to their facilities for people with disabilties.

Ongoing Collection of Legal and Policy Best Practices

The Center has for some time collected the best practices in the legal and policy venue of disability issues.  These best practices are centered on the work of Cynthia Waddell the Noted disability advocate.

ISTF Activities

The Center works in cooperation with the Internet Society's Internet Societal Task Force (ISTF).  The Center provides resources and information to the ISTF on an as needed basis.

Florida ADA Conference in Orlando Florida, August 16-18, 2001

The Center will be presenting a tutorial on making electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilties.

Internet Conference Tatarsan, Russia - June 23, 2001

The Center has been invited to make a presentation on Disability Issues,  at the Internet Conference in Tatarsan, Russia.  

INET2001 - June 2001

The Center, working in cooperation with the Internet Society's Internet Societal Task Force will be managing and contributing to panels and workshops regarding worldwide disability issues, as well as contributing to a tutorial on building accessible web sites.

The Digital Center for IT Research and Uses by/on Adults and Disables

 In Murcia, Spain a fantastic project has been started.  Its goal is to further the uses of Information Technology (IT) for older citizens and people with disabilities.  The Center working in Partnership with the University of Murcia will be contributing to the effort.  In late a representative of the Center will be going to Murcia to make a presentation of the worldwide efforts in this area. 

CSUN Conference March 19 - 24, 2001

The Center provided resources to Center Advisory Board and Board Members as well as Center personnel make presentations at the CSUN Conference on Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities in 

Internet Fiesta, Sofia, Bulgaria 

On March 1 and 2, Michael Burks, representing the Center and working in cooperation with the Internet Society's Internet Societal Task Force, made a presentation called: Economic Factors Involved with Universal Internet Access and People with Special Needs - A Working Paper Reportedly this paper helped influence the policies of the Bulgarian Government and other organizations in Bulgaria, not just about Internet issues but other Disability Issues as well.  The Center has offered to help them in any way possible in the implementation and execution of their disability policies.

Asian & Pacific Islander Disability Issues Resources and Best Practices Page

As a direct result of the work being conducted by the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, the Center developed a Best Practices Section that presents a comprehensive and extensive list of Global and Domestic AAPI health resources.

NCITS V2 Working Group 

The Center is providing support for two members of the advisory board who are serving on the V2  Working Group.  This working group is seeking to create technical standards to make it easier to present content in an accessible way to various types of devices.

Activities in 2000

Expo 2000: Gadgets, Gizmos and High Tech Hoopla
"Using Accessible Portals for Research on the Web"...

The Center provided support for our Advisory Board member Michael Burks and his above presentation.

Raising Awareness of the Economic Advantages of Universal Design

The Center provided resources and support for Michael Burks and his Keynote Speech at CUU 2000 ACM Conference on Universal Usability ( http://www1.acm.org/sigs/sigchi/cuu/organizers.html ) November 16, 2000

NASA Presentation

The Center provided materials and support for our advisory board member Michael Burks who made an hour long presentation to NASA regarding the Digital Divide and people with disabilities. 

Newropeans Conference in Paris

A representative from the Center went to Paris from October 5-October 7 to help raise the awareness of the European Union to the issues involved with people with disabilities and the use of Electronic and Information Technology

UNESCO Paper on Universal Access 

Christine Maxwell, Vice Chairman of the Internet Society, has edited an presented the first ISOC discussion paper to UNESCO entitled  "Global Trends that Will Impact Universal Access to Information Resources,"

It was presented at UNESCO's INFO/ETHICS 2000 Conference - Right to Universal Access to Information in the 21st Century.

Two of the Center's Advisory Board Members, Cynthia Waddell and Michael Burks, helped contribute to the section on disability issues.

North Carolina ADA Conference

The Center provided resources for the presentations on implementing accessibility in large organizations.

Florida Technology Conference

A representative from the Center worked with the Florida ADA working group to raise awareness of disability issues related to electronic and Information Technology.  Other Members of the Center's advisory board and staff acted to  support this activity with research and creation of materials to be used in the presentation.

Ongoing Ad Hoc Disability Resource Research

Since it's inception in 1998, the Center has helped many people by researching various types of disability resources on the Internet.  The Center has supplied many people with answers to their questions about a variety of disability related problems.  These questions have come from people in Singapore, Ghana, Paraguay, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia, Portugal, Switzerland, China, and many other places around the world.  The Center seeks to supply answers to all who ask.  Where possible the Center has posted the results of the research so that it can benefit as wide an audience as possible.

Internet Society Activities (ISOC)

Members of the Center's Staff and Advisory Board are involved in various activities within the Internet Society.  The Center provided support for Pauline Aguilar, Michael Burks, and Cynthia Waddell in the form of materials and travel expenses to appear at INET2000.   Some of them are listed below:

  • The Center Supports Activities of the Interim Steering Committee of the Internet Societal Task Force (ISTF)
  • INET2000 Tutorial on Accessibility
  • INET2000 Disability Panel Session
  • Pending Paper Publication in ISOC Presentation to UNESCO

Public Service Activities

The Center has provided a representative to the State of North Carolina for the Information Resource Management Commission Work Group on Accessibility.  This work group is seeking to set standards to make all Information Technology used by the State of North Carolina accessible to people with disabilities. The web site detailing the activities of this group can be found at: http://irmc.state.nc.us/access/ 

Consulting Activities

The Center continues to provide consulting services  ranging from accessibility assessments to website design and maintenance, as well IT consulting in the accessibility arena.  These services are provided to a variety of organizations both public and private.  The Center is currently helping to collect state and federal guidelines for accessibility of Information Technology.

Accessibility Assessments

The Center actively provides accessibility assessments for entities both public and private.

AWARE Center of the HTML Writer's Guild

The Center actively supports and endorses the activities of the AWARE Center of the HTML Writer's Guild.  The Aware Center promotes website accessibility.  The ICDRI Center supports these activities and the goals of AWARE.

Activities in 1999

Internet Society Activities

Members of the Center's Staff and Advisory Board have been involved in various activities within the Internet Society.  Some of them are listed below:

  • Member of the Interim Steering Committee of the Internet Societal Task Force (ISTF)
  • INET99 Tutorial Tutorial on Accessibility
  • Produced Handbook on Accessibility and Accessibilty Assessments. (In conjunction with the accessibility tutorial)
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  • INET99 Disability Panel Session
  • Hosted Disability Birds of a Feather Session

Public Service Activities

The Center has provided a representative to the State of North Carolina for the Information Resource Management Commission Work Group on Accessibility.  This work group is seeking to set standards to make all Information Technology used by the State of North Carolina accessible to people with disabilities. The Center has provided support for this activity since its inception in November of 1999.

Consulting Activities

The Center has provided consulting activities ranging from accessibility assessments to website design and maintenance as well IT consulting for many entities some of them are: 

CTF

The Center supplied the Community Technology Foundation  with assistance on accessible web site design and maintenance.  CTF was started by PACBELL and is an organization supporting the advancement of communities in the regions served by PACBELL.

APIAHF

The Center supplied the Asian Pacific Islander Health Forum(APIAHF)  with assistance on accessible web site design and maintenance.  The Center assisted with a redesign of the site to make it more accessible.

DBCOL

DBCOL is an organization seeking to promote the hiring of people with disabilities in the United States.  The Center supplied them with information on making Information Technology accessible to people with disabilities, and also provided support for developing training courses.

Wake Technical Community College

The Center supplied both electronic and hard copy course material for Web Development and General Internet Courses for Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Bytronix Computers

The Center has assisted Bytronix Computers to gain a better understanding of accessilibty and Information Technology issues.

Activities in 1998

Members of the Center's Staff and Advisory Board have been involved in various activities within the Internet Society.  Some of them are listed below:

Internet Society Activities

  • INET98 Tutorial on Accessibility
  • INET98 Disability Panel Session
  • Hosted Disability Birds of a Feather Session

Consulting Activities

APIAHF

The Center supplied the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum with assistance on accessible web site design and helped redesign the site for better usability as well as providing site  maintenance.  

Wake Technical Community College

The Center supplied both electronic and hard copy course material for Web Development and General Internet Courses for Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

 

 

 

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